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10.12.2011 – Real Steel is a science fiction film based on the 1956 short story “Steel” by Richard Matheson. It was shown internationally this past weekend. The Philippines has its special press media screening at the IMAX Theater in SM North Edsa last Saturday on October 8, 2011.

The film stars Hugh Jackman in the role of Charlie Kenton a former boxer who attempts to get money in illegal boxing. Set in the year 2020 where humans have been replaced by robots in boxing.

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This is also based from the 1964 popular two-player action toy game “Rock`em Sock`em” which features two dueling robot boxers mechanically manipulated by the players.

Right out of the bat the film was set in state fairs and other “old fashioned” Americana settings. The usual template of the movie based from past movies with the father and son theme. If you can remember Sylvester Stallone’s “Over the Top” practically you’ll get the warm feel of the movie.

The story doesn’t only revolves between robots mashing bashing at each other, but tells us about second chances and finding out that family matters. The violence is not heavy for kids to watch this movie. However it still needs guidance from parents so they can understand the idea of this film

Steel Gets Real

The special effects was done by Jason Matthews of Legacy Effects, successor to Stan Winston Studios who was hired to turn production designer Tom Meyer's robot designs into practical animatronic props. They had put real elements on this film which was far convincing that these robots are real. The motion capture moves was done by real boxers and had former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard as their consultant.

Final Round

Overall you won’t realize the ride on this film as the focus shifts from the human story and the action on the robots. The balance of elements on this film was great and the tone is not as dark as everyone would expect due to the violent scenes shown in the trailer. But still highly suggest if you’re bringing kids to the film parental guidance is still needed.

Real Steel gets a 4/5 rating for its traditional themes and realistic effects that are far convincing that any other film.
This could probably be a sleeper hit in other countries that haven’t been into these types of movies. Real Steel opens across the country today, October 12, 2011 from Dreamworks and Touchtone Pictures locally distributed by Walt Disney Pictures International.

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