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CLIPS MOVIE REVIEWS
by Roger Tennis

On CLIPS In October, 2011
REAL STEEL 

Dakota Goyo and Hugh JackmanIn the future, a struggling robot-boxing promoter (Hugh Jackman) seeks a champion while bonding with his long lost son (Dakota Goyo).

TRIVIA: Hugh Jackman originated a character named Logan in what 2000 movie?


ROG'S VIEWPOINT
cameracameracameracamera       (4 CAMS)        RATED PG-13

Ex-fighter and struggling robot-boxing promoter Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) seeks a champion while having to care for his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo). Finding the discarded sparring robot Atom, the pair may just have a brighter future. "Real Steel" is a terrific relationship movie for every member of the family. Partially based on "Steel", a classic episode of "The Twilight Zone" written by Richard Matheson, this fantastic Shawn Levy ("Night At The Museum") directed film expands on the concept and fully develops the characters - including the human-like Atom. Max's attachment to the metal man is reminiscent of "The Iron Giant" and there is a slight resemblance between the robots. The chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo is believable, but Dakota steals many scenes on his own. Evangeline Lilly provides a hint of romance as Bailey, who tries to keep her late father's gym afloat while catching the eye of Charlie. The performances, including the metal boxers, are all great - or this cinematic gem wouldn't work as well as it does. A rousing musical score by Danny Elfman sets the mood for the main event. There's plenty of rock 'em sock 'em action to get the audience out of their seats. With the heart and soul of "Rocky", "Real Steel" really packs a wallop.  

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