Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Short Movie Review: Real Steel

2.5 out of 5 stars

Evangeline LillyEvangeline Lilly (Image via RottenTomatoes.com)
Real Steel is your typical Steven Spielberg fare: awesome CGI and action scenes intersperced with crappy dialogue, overacting, and plot contrivances. Centered around the relationship between former boxer Charlie Keaton (Hugh Jackman) and his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo), the movie is a typical boxing film set in the near future and featuring robot fighters instead of humans. Along the way, it manages to somehow stuff into the plot a one-dimensional romantic relationship between Charlie and childhood sweetheart Bailey Tallet (Evangeline Lily), a dance montage between Max and his fighting robot Atom, stereotypical evil-Asian and evil-white-girl characters (Karl Yune and Olga Fonda), and dialogue so stilted and unrealistic that not even an excellent performance from Mr. Jackman could save it.

If you're a fan of Michael Bay movies, you'll probably enjoy the movie's over-the-top and melodramatic performances. Otherwise, I would watch it once on Netflix (or the pirated version online) and save the ticket money for a better movie.

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