Wondering what Hugh Jackman has been up to? Since we won’t be seeing him in X-MEN FIRST CLASS, he’s had time to work on REAL STEEL, which comes from director Shawn Levy (DATE NIGHT and the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM movies). The movie looks like something across between TRANSFORMERS and THE KARATE KID. At first glance, and even after the first teaser trailer, I had little to no interest in this one. However, after looking at this new preview, it kind of reminds me of some of the sci-fi flicks I used to enjoy as a kid, and there’s a fun element to it that just might work. I’m getting vibes of guilty pleasures like ROBOT JOX. It’s easy to say this just looks like a live action version of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but I think there’s more going on here. This is the kind of flick I would have had my dad take me to as a kid. Check out the new trailer below and tell us your thoughts in the comments. The film also stars Evangeline Lilly, Hope Davis, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie (who is in EVERYTHING now), James Rebhorn, and Dakota Goyo as young Max (little bit of trivia, he was also young Thor in Marvel’s THOR).
Plot synopsis (from IMDB): A future-set story where robot boxing is a popular sport and centered on a struggling promoter (Jackman) who thinks he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he also discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.
REAL STEEL opens October 7, 2011