Hugh Jackman in 'Real Steel': movie review

Hugh Jackman stars in the futuristic action movie 'Real Steel.' The film borrows heavily, and predictably, from 'Rocky' and 'Transformers' franchises.

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    Hugh Jackman (l.) and Dakota Goyo are shown in a scene from 'Real Steel.'
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Based on a story by Richard Matheson, “Real Steel” is set in a sci-fi near future where robots have replaced humans as boxers, presumably because humans could no longer endure the mash-up thrills that audiences crave.

Washed-up former boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) hasn’t had much luck “managing” a string of beat-up bots until he hits it big with Atom, a sparring partner machine that improbably becomes a champion contender.

The prime mover in all this is Charlie’s 11-year-old son, Max (Dakota Goyo), whom he did not raise and barely knows. Stubborn and gruff, they bond.

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Even this little bit of plot synopsis should be enough to alert you to the many movies “Real Steel” draws on – “Rocky,” “Star Wars,” “Transformers,” “The Champ,” “Seabiscuit.” I could go on.

They should call this overloud, underwhelming movie “Real Steal.”

Grade: C (Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action, and brief language.)

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