Real Steel: Review and Giveaway

by ChristieO

hughjackmanrealsteel5M4M Contributor Christie O. Reviews Real Steel and calls it, “The Karate Kid. But With Robots.”

Hugh Jackman, a bunch of Rock ‘em Sock ‘em robots, underground fighting in the future. Real Steel seems like the ultimate boy film, doesn’t it?

Don’t let all that steel fool you.

The Plot

Directed by Shawn Levy, Dreamworks’ “Real Steel” is about three underdogs: a deadbeat dad & former boxer turned robot boxing promoter who’s racked up thousands in debt named “Charlie,” (Hugh Jackman), his estranged 11 year-old son, Max, who just lost his mother (Dakota Goyo) and a scrapped junkyard robot named “Atom.”

Charley and Max are unhappily reunited but find themselves in a unique partnership over their common interest: robot boxing. Their adventures take them through the wildly-inappropriate-for-an-11-year-old underground world of fighting robot machines (and crazy-looking men with mohawks and tattoos), and onward toward a journey of redemption and second chances. When it seems like all their luck’s run out, “Atom” finds them.

Fighting Machines

The movie is set in the “near future” of 2020 where robots pummeling each other have become more popular than humans pummeling each other. And because the movie is a mix of technology and old-fashioned boxing, the production team had to bring in some heavy hitters for assistance. Eight-foot tall robot replicas were created for the set for the actors to interact with at the urging of Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, and as for the boxing? None other than the legend himself, Sugar Ray Leonard, who choreographed the boxing moves and helped Hugh Jackman hone his skills.

The sound was spectactular.

Each robot was outfitted with his own “sound personality” from the sound of it powering up to the sounds of the crashing of their particular metals and the sounds they came up with for each robot matched the feeling and the personality that you’re supposed to get out of each one. It somehow made the robots, which were only supposed to be metal, wires and mechanics, a little something more. And there were a couple of scenes where Real Steel left you wondering if there was something more to them, too. (A conscience, perhaps?)


The soundtrack (which included a wide spectrum mix of Eminem to Foo Fighters) was great and the sound of metal crashing on metal was heart thumping and actually brought out the fighter in me (I didn’t know there was one!)

Real Steel

A Story with Heart

On the surface it appears (and sounds) like a true man’s movie (here’s where I flex and use my deep voice), but actually it is a story with heart. It is less like Transformers and more like The Karate Kid with robots and yes, I was actually surprised — in a good way.

REAL STEELAt times I found myself laughing out loud, cheering while simultaneously broken-hearted (as a mom to boys, it is hard to watch a motherless 11-year-old take part in underground robot boxing with his deadbeat dad *shudder* I really just wanted to reach through the screen and hug him.) Even with a somewhat predictable plot, I still watched through my fingers while at the edge of my seat, in fact, I pretty much ran the gamut of emotions which also included some tears, and when a movie (even one about fighting robots) can do that to me, I appreciate it very much.

Real Steel is PG-13 for some violence, intense action and language, so it’s a little out of the little kid age range (and rightly so). But Real Steel is an enjoyable ride.

Real Steel hits theaters today, Friday, October 7.

Enter to win

And yes there is a prizepack giveaway involved in this one too! For the price of one comment below, you can win a Real Steel prize pack that includes:

  • An adult sized t-shirt in S,M,L or XL
  • A bottle opener (for cocacola bottles or mommy & daddy timeouts)
  • Real Steel tattooes and stickers


Leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing. The contest will run until October 21, 2011 at midnight ET and a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email shortly after the end time. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for more information.

Disclosure: Christie O. screened the movie for this review and was not compensated for this post.

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A mom to two, former news producer turned freelance writer, runner and wanna be triathlete, trying to enjoy every moment of all of it!

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1 Amy October 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

I can’t wait to see this movie. It looks like a great story and I love Hugh Jackman.


2 Liz October 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

My husband really wants to see this!


3 Staci A October 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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4 judy October 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

My 22yo son and my husband cant wait to see this. And since Hugh is in it neither can I



5 Wehaf October 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Who doesn’t love robots? This looks very cool.


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7 Angel S. October 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm

We are looking forward to this move. Way too few movies that I can take our son to. Nice!!


8 Daniel M October 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

looks like a fun movie!


9 tennille October 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

Hmmmm just saw this preview-didn’t even notice there were robots in this film….Hugh


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I’ll be watching this with my husband and boys when it comes out on DVD. Thanks.


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14 Kristin October 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

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15 Wehaf October 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I love this different take on robots!


16 Anita October 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for the review. It makes me more inclined to see this one, which I originally thought looked like a Transformers B-movie.


17 JUNE October 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

Look’s to be a great movie, cant wait to see it.


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27 Debra October 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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My husband can’t wait to see this movie!


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38 corrie October 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I cant wait to see this, i love hugh jackman. movie looks like something i can watch with the kids.

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39 Douglas Houston October 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

This looks like a fun action packed movie.


40 Brittney House October 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

I loved this movie. I was a little skeptical at first but i really loved it!


41 Sarah October 20, 2011 at 6:36 am

I saw a trailer for this movie and thought it looked kind of cute.


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46 Heidi Y October 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Aw yeah, Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots the Movie!


47 yessica saenz October 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I so wanna see this movie Hugh Jackman rocks my world lol


48 Crystal October 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I want to win this so bad for a friend who is a big fan of this movie.


49 Venus M. October 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Had the pleasure of seeing Reel Steel over the weekend and I thought it was a great family movie. All my boys loved it. We are so going to buy it on dvd when it comes out. Great sound track also.


50 freebies city October 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

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52 Bonnigene October 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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53 Nick Hilleshiem October 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

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54 Leslie S. October 21, 2011 at 2:14 am

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55 Robert Ranieri October 21, 2011 at 2:28 am

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56 susan smoaks October 21, 2011 at 5:19 am

we’re planning to go see this movie this weekend, it looks like a good one!


57 Jessica October 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

My son and husband really liked this movie.


58 Loreli G October 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

Definutly looks like a great movie, and it’s got Hugh Jackman!


59 Barbara Hunt October 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

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60 Odine O October 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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61 Sand October 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I love Hugh Jackman and am looking forward to seeing this movie.


62 Jenifer R October 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

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63 Veronica Garrett October 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

It sounds like a great movie. Thanks for the giveaway.


64 Erick Middlehurst October 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

Real Steel is a great movie! I watched it online on and loved it! If you like boxing, its for u!


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