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Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a fight promoter who works on the lower rungs of robot boxing, which is America’s new favourite sport.
Real Steel is set in a near-future USA (distant enough for giant robots to exist, close enough for Budweiser, Dr Pepper and Hewlett Packard logos to be instantly recognisable) in which the spectacle of mere humans beating each other up no longer cuts the mustard.
As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
" stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring.
Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next.
Possibly as a result, the father-son relationship — the film’s key dynamic — is bungled.
With a lot more focus and a smart re-write, Real Steel could have been a neat companion piece to J J Abrams’s recent Spielberg-aping sci-fi adventure Super 8.