To say it bluntly: Charlie Kenton is a bad bet.
His robots never win their matches and he owes everybody money. He’s snarky and over-cocky and where he walks trouble follows. His life is all about the robots. Fight. Money. Win or die (and for Charlie, it’s usually die). Options are fast dwindling to a close until Charlie gets told his ex-girlfriend is dead. And his son, Max Kenton, is now in his custody.
Great. Just what he needs.
After making a shady deal (involving a lot of money to look after his kid for three months before giving over permanent custody) with the relatives who actually want Max, Charlie picks up his son and they head home to the robots. The relationship between father and son is…nonexistent. Charlie doesn’t listen. Max has stubbornness issues.
Max finds the robot in a dump yard and persuades Charlie to fix him up and get them a fight. And it turns out the tough little ‘bot can actually fight.
And he can actually win.
In My Opinion…
Running Time: 127 minutes
Real Steela feel-good cross gritty-action movie you’ll never forget.
It’s 2020 and boxing has changed forever. Humans are out of the ring and robots are in. But the crowd is always the same and what do they want? A good show.
While the story line is predictable at times, it has a smooth flow and great motion. The scenes, acting, dialogue and action are flawless. You’ll figure out where it’s going pretty quick, but it has enough twists and quirks to make it entertaining, enthralling and even occasionally a little moving. I thoroughly enjoyed myself when I watched it.
The actors are pitch-perfect in their work throughout the film. I have to say Max and his dancing with the robot, Atom, really stole the show. He’s a spectacular little actor, with enough spunk and life to keep his character real and relatable. Charlie Kenton comes across as the head-strong, snarky dad-who-wishes-he-wasn’t. But you can clearly see how the movie’s going to pan out. He hates being a father, wants nothing to do with the kid. Gets three months with him. Hates it at first…then, the softening starts and he starts understanding what Max actually wants. Max wants his dad—jerky though his dad be at times. Their relationship is well done and the progression, though predictable, is well portrayed.
I liked the film effects—the camera angles, the quiet moments, the scenery, the settings and scenes. The robots were fantastic. I won’t lie: I’m no boxing fan. But I did prefer robots bashing each other’s electronics out to humans doing pretty much the same thing. After a while, though, you feel how Atom is more than just a robot to Max. I half expected he’d wave or nod or do something to show he was really alive. Pity. But you can always hope, right?
Real Steelis a great film, well worth the watch. I wouldn’t sit the little kids in front of it, but the tweens to teens will certainly enjoy it with the parents. There’s action, a splash of comedy, spunk, laughter, pain, grit, robots, some shady characters, fights, pressure and the unforgettable story of Charlie and his eleven-year-old son Max. Loved it.