Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie in the Real Steel trailer

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

My concern from day 1 about Hugh Jackman‘s futuristic robot-boxing tale REAL STEEL was that combining boxing and robots is a tough thing to pull off.  Boxing movies are successful because of the emotional baggage and personal determination fighters have.  It’s just as much about the person as it is about the sport.  So having robots fight sounds cool, but I’m afraid the movie will fall flat unless they give the fighting robot some Wall-E type emotions.  But it’s too early to tell because the trailer makes it look like a pretty cool flick with plenty of stylish scenes and some good robot fighting sequences.  However, I’m not sure what to make of the training scene where Jackman is coaching the robot.  I think director Shawn Levy has some explaining to do.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand and Hope Davis.  Shawn Levy is directing the film that hits theaters in October of next year.  Watch the trailer here.

Hugh Jackman in Real Steel

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