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Real Steel

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Debbie Clarke

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It is set sometime in the future when boxing has been replaced by fighting matches with robots. It tells the story of fight manager Hugh Jackman who is looking for a way to clear his debts and get back in the game. His situation is complicated by the arrival of his son who hasn’t seen his dad in years. Of course the fights aren’t won by the first robot Hugh releases in the ring and typically, it’s the one his son chooses that proves to be the best match for the undefeated Zeus. The film tells a decent story and the dialogue is okay. There are a few cliches and you may have to suspend your disbelief in certain parts but if you are in the mood for a light-hearted film that doesn’t tug too much on your brain cells then Real Steel is perfect. It is probably ideal for Saturday or Sunday afternoon viewing. Many have described it as a cross between Rocky and Transformers and that is probably quite accurate. Anyone who is a fan of Hugh Jackman’s work will enjoy this - he is ideally suited to the role of down and out fight manager Charlie Kenton. It’s a film for all the family to enjoy.