Sunday, October 9, 2011

Real Steel: Boxing the Heavy Metal Way

Story: In the near future, Former number two boxing contender Charlie Kenton lost his chance for the number one boxing title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall robots took over the boxing ring and replaced humans in the sport of boxing.
Atom, in shadow mode, imitates Charlie Kenton's(Hugh Jackman) boxing techniques

Review:  When I first read about this movie, I thought it was just another underdog movie gone high tech. Comparing it to Transformers meets Rocky and I already outgrew Rocky which I used to watch all five movies except Rocky Balboa when I was a kid. But when I watch it last night at SM North EDSA IMAX, I was proven wrong and found the better underdog story the way it should be.
Rock'em Sock'em Robots

As for Hugh Jackman, you can't separate him from his trademark role as Wolverine but he proved he can shed off his adamantium claws for other roles he play like this one. As for the boxing mechs, you can't help notice that they are similar to Rock'em, Sock'em Robots because that was the whole idea. Real Steel's robots was patterned after the popular toy. For the younger generation who haven't seen this toy, it's a miniature boxing ring with two joysticks on each side controlling the red and blue robot. The first robot who gets the head of the opponent tilted wins. 
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard trains Hugh Jackman

Of course Hugh Jackman is not a professional boxer in real life so the producers hired a boxing consultant none other than Sugar Ray Leonard to train Jackman for the movie. The boxing moves Hugh Jackman delivers in the movie are not just acting but real boxing techniques trained by a boxing champ. Real Steel opens October 12 in cinemas and is distributed by Dreamworks' Pictures Philippines.

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