Contact Us

Ileana’s Review: ‘Real Steel’ Blends Great CGI with Good Acting


Real Steel

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo

Summary: In the near future, human boxing will become obsolete and will be replaced by robots. Charlie (Jackman) is a former boxer who’s had a string of bad luck lately. After his latest robot is destroyed in a fight Charlie is summoned to a custody hearing for his son Max (Goyo). Charlie has never been a part of Max’s life so the two don’t really get along so well, but the one thing they have in common is their love for robot boxing. One day Max finds a robot in a junkyard and the duo fixes it up. Against all odds the scrappy little robot wins match after match and ends up bringing father and son together in the end.

The reason this movie works is because it beautifully blends CGI action with a touching human story. The main focus is on the father-son relationship between Charlie and Max rather than the fighting robots. Dakota Goyo does an amazing job as Max and goes toe to toe with Jackman. All the robot fights were done with motion-capture technology and were choreographed by the great Sugar Ray Leonard to give them authenticity. Having directed “Night at the Museum”, Shawn Levy is a master at blending CGI creatures with human actors. Take note Michael Bay, this is how a robot movie is made.

Trivia: The climactic fight scene at the end is a virtual punch-for-punch recreation of the Ivan Drago/Rocky Balboa fight from Rocky IV.

Rated: PG-13 – For some violence, intense action and brief language.

Grade: B

Best of Mix 94.9

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for MIX 94.9 Insider Rewards quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive MIX 94.9 Insider Rewards contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.