DVD RvReview: Real Steel
Robots. You can’t make a movie these days without ‘em. They’re the new vampires. Or the old zombies. Anyway, they’re everywhere. But will they be any cooler when they’re controlled by Wolverine? Ross McG finds out…
Real Steel (two stars)
Not only are The Transformers movies risible in their own right, their success has given the green light to a trail of other clunky robot action. As if their premise of two robots hitting each other over and over again wasn’t dull enough, Reel Steel limits that scenario even further by narrowing the space in which they can hit each other to a wrestling ring. It’s Rocky v Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, except without the emotion of Rocky and without the emotional depth of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Hugh Jackman plays a former boxer and deadbeat dad who makes ends meet by controlling a robot fighter, in between bouts of arguing with his estranged son. Imagine an entire film in which Hugh Jackman plays a video game while arguing with his son. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Well, it is.
This review first appeared in the Metro newspaper.
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