Lacks real punch
YOU don’t have to look far past the boxing robot fury to find a touching father- son drama in this emotional kids’ flick that has the heart of a Rocky mixed with the effects- heavy crash and bash of a Transformers. Hugh Jackman stars as the down- onhis- luck ex- boxer turned dodgy robot boxing promoter Charlie who becomes burdened with his estranged 10- yearold son Max ( Dakota Goyo) after his mother dies. But while Charlie is trying to find his next fighter, Max unearths a robot that has some boxing potential and as they prep him for battle in a variety of small- time fights, the two bond. The bot boxing is certainly fun and the underdog story involving, but the cliched messages and obvious plotting ensure Real Steel never deliver any really big punches. Extras: The very passionate director Shawn Levy has a lot to say – most is interesting but some obvious and unnecessary – in his feature- length commentary. There are short featurettes on the complicated set pieces and building the film’s impressive bots, plus a blooper reel.