You could be forgiven for questioning the admittedly high-concept narrative for Real Steel, based on a short story by Richard Matheson. Real Steel depicts a world in which robots, instead of humans, compete in the boxing ring.
Despite this perhaps questionable concept, the presence of the ever-likeable and always charismatic Hugh Jackman may help to ensure its success. Hugh Jackman is a wonderful actor capable of balancing action-heavy sequences with moments of great pathos. His performance in The Prestigedisplayed his ability to engage the viewer; his performance was both mesmeric and thoroughly compelling.
The film itself would appear to be a fairly competent Blockbuster, heavy on the action, as well as the drama. One can only hope that the father and son relationship depicted isn’t portrayed as heavy-handed as the trailer indicates: high on the sentimentality. With a cast that includes Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie, it can only be hoped that Real Steel delivers on its promises.