Lacks real punch

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - DVDs -

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.

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