Hugh Jackman robot fighting movie 'Real Steel' is gonna make you cry

real-steel_240.jpg Image Credit: Greg WilliamsThough it might be disappointing to anyone hoping to see Hugh Jackman in a sweaty wifebeater, the first image from Real Steel, the movie in which he stars as a former boxer who bonds with his estranged son when they train a robot for 2020’s World Robot Boxing league, still looks intriguing. According to USA Today, the film, directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night), employs “19 real-life animatronic giants” whose fight sequences will come to life through motion-capture animation. In the movie, set at a time when human boxing no longer exists, the robots are controlled by their “corner men” (i.e. Jackman’s character and his son, played by 10-year-old Dakota Goyo).

“The heart of the story is this father and son relationship and in comes this junkyard robot called Atom that the kid’s in love with,” Jackman said. “I abandoned the kid pretty much at birth. But we come together because the boy’s mother has died. We have a lot of distance to make up. It’s through this mutual interest in robot boxing that they find a way to come together and form a bond.” Take that statement, add in USA Today‘s commentary that “Atom seems to have flashes of intelligence and understanding beyond his metallic brethren” and Levy “roots the movie in state fairs and more nostalgic, Americana settings rather than a cold, futuristic dystopia” —  plus the fact that Steven Spielberg is an executive producer — and odds are, this robot fighting film is making us weep at some point.

Do you feel the tears building? Or does the concept give you a case of the giggles?

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  • lalala

    I admit, I snickered. If someone told me there was a movie about a kid, whose mother just died, who went to live with the father he never knew, and they ultimately bond through their love of robot boxing… at first it sounded like a joke.

  • Ceballos

    I’m kind of leaning toward the case of the giggles. It’s nice that Spielberg is on board as a producer, but I don’t completely trust Shawn Levy. I think it was the phrase “a former boxer who bonds with his estranged son when they train a robot” that made me involuntarily laugh. (I’m interested to see how and why he trains a robot that he’s going to be controlling anyway.)

    Still, at least they’re trying something somewhat original.

  • harry

    I can’t wait! I don’t care what the naysayer say!

    • DF

      I cant wait for actual Robot Boxing in 2020

  • Mike

    Wasn’t this a Simpsons episode?

    • Christian

      It was! Although I doubt we’ll see Hugh Jackman in one of the robots.

      Does the plot remind anyone of Over the Top?

  • RM

    It’s like Millionaire Baby Meets The Champ!!! Looks promising! :-D

  • Jake

    This was a Twilight Zone episode with Lee Marvin called “Steel,” although the film has added the character of the son.

    • J

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Is it really based on that episode?

  • P

    I got the giggles :)

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  • ericalina

    considering the GM robot suicide commercial from the 2007 super bowl made me teary, and the intel lunchroom commercial with jeffrey the robot makes me sad, and let’s not even talk about wall-e, it’s a sure bet this movie will make me cry!

  • LoveMeSomeHugh

    I’m so there. Hugh Jackman and whaaa? Hugh Jackman and wa wa wa (Charlie Brown grownup voices). Hugh Jackman and buzz buzz. I’m sorry, I don’t process anything after Hugh Jackman. I will see him in anything. ANYTHING.

  • Michele

    I dunno if I can take this seriously.

  • Droversgirl

    It sounds like a really good movie. Can’t wait to see Hugh on the big screen again!!! It’s been wayyyyyyyyy too long, but, ya know, he NEVER loses his appeal!!!!!

  • j

    this was a twilight zone episode… and a crappy one at that

  • Vikki Sixx

    Truth be told, I don’t care how cheezy this movie sounds. I’ll be watching it but not for Hugh Jackman…I’ll be watching it for Kevin Durand!!! YUM!

  • criss

    Go Hugh!! I love that man so I will wacht it for sure!!

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