Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand and Dakota Goyo. It tells the story of a down-and-out robot boxing opperator, Charlie Kenton (Jackman), who is struggling with misfortune and debt. But when his estranged son, Max (Goyo), enters the pictures, Charlie must make some tough, life-altering decisions about his future.
Real Steel features some impressive special-effects; the robot boxing matches are beautifully choreographed and endlessly watchable. But even better than the robot carnage is the emotional story line. Despite the fact that the father/son plot thread has been used countless times before, Real Steel‘s unique setting and talented cast makes this story fresh. While Jackman, Lilly and the rest of the adult cast did well, it was young Dakota Goyo who stole the show. His completely honest and organic performance was hypnotizing and he made the movie resonate on both dramatic and comic levels. Overall, a great sports movie, a great family drama and a great special-effects flick. Read the full review here.