Reel Steel Review

I had the opportunity to watch the movie “Reel Steel” starring Hugh Jackman (Xmen Orgins: Wolverine, Swordfish) and Dokota Goyo (Thor, Rise of the Guardians {2012}).  I must say that it was a very good movie.

Real Steel is a 2011 American science fiction action film based in part on the 1956 short story “Steel” by Richard Matheson.

In 2020, humans have been replaced by robots in boxing. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a former boxer who owns such a robot, Ambush, competing in unsanctioned matches and in exhibitions with it.  Nabbing a fight in a rual fair with another promoter against a bull for $20,000, Charlie’s robot loses and he skips out without paying.  Charlie is informed his ex-girlfriend has died, and that he must attend a hearing to decide the fate of his preteen son Max (Dakota Goyo). Max’s wealthy aunt Debra (Hope Davis) and uncle Marvin (James Rebhorn) want full custody, which Charlie gives them in exchange for $100,000.

Charlie buys a secondhand World Robot Boxing league (WRB) robot, the once-famous Noisy Boy, and arranges for it to fight the illegal circuit’s champion, Midas, at a venue belonging to his friend Finn (Anthony Mackie).  Due to overconfidence and inexperience, Noisy Boy loses the match.  So now Charlie is stuck with his son, no way to make any money in robot boxing.  So where does that leave him.

Charlie breaks into a junkyard with Max to steal scraps that he can use to put a new robot together and discover a G2 Robot named Atom that was primarily built for sparring.   Atom has been designed to sustain massive damage, but is unable to deal much damage itself. Due to Max’s insistence and Charlie needing money, they get a fight at  somewhat of a  local street fight venue.  With Max behind the controls, Atom defeats his opponent in 2 rounds.   Soon after Max gives his robot an upgrade adding in voice commands and convinces his Dad (Charlie) to teach the robot how to box (see video).

Atom’s string of subsequent wins and high-speed maneuvers, which were rarely seen from a robot, attracts the attention of a promoter from WRB, who offers Atom a professional fight against a robot called Twin Cities.  Max challenges WRB champion Zeus, designed by genius Tak Mashido (Karl Yune) and sponsored by wealthy Farra Lemcova (Olga Fonda), who before the match tried to buy the upstart Atom.  After the Twin Cities match the pair are attacked and have all of their money stolen.  Feeling guilty, Charlie returns Max to his aunt and uncle, feeling Max will be safer with them, but Bailey convinces him that he can be a better father.  Charlie is allowed to take Max just for one night to show him he can be a better father in the past by participating in that fight with his son.

In the fourth round of the five-round match, Atom’s vocal receptors are damaged, and Atom must fight the last round in shadow-boxing mode, copying Charlie’s moves from the aisle.  The judges declare Zeus the winner on points, but that robot’s reputation is tarnished, and Atom has become famous as the “People’s Champion”.

So the story is about a father who knew he had a son but due to his lifestyle and being such a bad father and a creep among other things, Charlie is driven to build a relationship with his son in which he soon comes to realize what a bad father he has been.  What got me was how this movie showed that a father can overcome his negligence to his child by being there and continuing to be there when given the chance no matter how the opportunity came.  It’s all about building that relationship with your child because nobody else can do that for you.  Charlie might have went about it the wrong way but as you watch the movie, you will see the bond that is created between father and son through the sport of boxing.  I think that bond will last forever which is something all fathers should want.  Make me think of my own sons and what I am doing to continue to build a great bond with them while raising them.  Also thanking God for blessing my heart to be a great father which is something I will never stop doing and always be indebted for.

Hopefully there will be a “Reel Steel 2” set 4 years later where Max  is a little bit older, Atom has more upgrades, and has to take on a more tougher, relentless opponent for the championship belt.  Being that the former champion Zues was taken down and Atom has won enough fights to keep him the rankings but never got that chance to fight again for the belt since his loss to Zues in “Reel Steel” would make it very interesting.  In accordance, we will also see how Charlie and Max’s relationship has evolved but again stands the test of time after Charlie attempts to sell Atom without Max’s knowledge.

I’m not the one to write a movie script but it does sound like a good idea.  Anyway the move will be on DVD and Blu-Ray on Jan 24th.  Good father and son movie.

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