It’s not Rocky, it’s Real Steel, but you would think you were watching the great boxing film in another dimension. Now on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack the gritty, action packed fight film blows the lid off some extreme robots on it’s way to being an entertaining movie for those who like a good punch fest. I liked this film for the action, comedy and father-son relationship and now that it’s on Blu-ray, on my home entertainment system, it’s still got me hooked.
It’s the year 2020 and human-to-human boxing has been moved aside for the exciting 2000 pound 8 foot steel robot contenders who draw crowds and gambling from around the world. It’s a big business with huge purses for the right boxing events.
Down on his luck ex-boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) has just had his bot destroyed in a bout and heads back to his hometown gym. The only thing left for him to do involves signing papers so his deceased ex-wife’s parents can take custody of his son Max (Dakota Goyo). Needing money to purchase another bot Charlie makes a big money deal with his ex-wife’s father in exchange for his signature and to leave the boy alone. The deal however has one glitch; Charlie would have to keep max for the summer while his ex-in-laws takes a trip to Europe. When Max gets to go on the road with Charlie for a robot fight however, their relationship gets complicated.
Real Steel has an explosive script and director Shawn Levy fills every inch of and home screen with hard-hitting robot action. Much like Transformers, the robots here move about so realistically that it’s like having a ringside seat in the future of boxing. Levy keeps the film moving at a fast clip making the 2 hours plus an exciting event.
A standout performance by Dakota Goyo as Max makes the film work. The feisty kid has his mind set on winning big when he finds a worn-out ‘fighting robot’. Goyo works well with director Levy turning out a stubborn yet emotional character that becomes very likable. The movie is so good I included it in my Top Ten Feature Films for 2011.
Real Steel is rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action, and brief language, but nothing more than you see in the Transformer films. If you like this film, then rent or buy a movie called Over the Top starring Sylvester Stallone another exciting father/son film.
2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray Disc + 1 DVD)
REAL STEEL SECOND SCREEN – You can interact with you computer or iPad while you watch the movie on your Blu-ray player. You will get hours of never-before-seen content. You can go ringside with Director Shawn Levy on an action-packed journey into the world of Real Steel that you control. In addition you will be able to see cutting edge technology used to create the robot battles.
Additional Blu-ray bonuses are:
Countdown to the Fight—The Charlie Kenton Story
Sugar Ray Leonard: Cornerman’s Champ
Deleted and Extended Scenes with introductions by Shawn Levy
—Extended “Meet Ambush”
—Deleted “Butterfly” Storyline
PLUS On the enclosed DVD are these Bonus Features
1-Disc DVD (1 DVD)
Making of Metal Valley
Building the Bots
Real Steel also comes in a 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack that includes the Blu-ray with all the bonus features mentioned about, a DVD with the bonus features and a Digital Copy of the film to use for mobile options and your computer.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A good story with awesome action to boot. Feature rating (A), Bonus features (A), Overall experience (A)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie
Directed by: Shawn Levy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, intense action, and brief language
Genre: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Sports
Street Date: January 24, 2012
Released by: DreamWorks Pictures
Feature Run Time: 127 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray: 1.85:1, DVD: 1.85:1
Audio: Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS HD-MA; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital, DVD: 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital