A father and son learn about themselves and each other thanks to the healing power of large robots pounding the mechanized snot out of each other.
Dreamworks has released a new trailer for its "Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robots" movie, Real Steel, not only giving more insight into the plot, but also showing off more of the rather impressive robot violence.
Real Steel - which is based on a short story by I Am Legend author Richard Matheson - looks like a blend of an underdog sports movie, a heart-warming tale of a father reconnecting with his estranged son, and Transfomers, just to give it that piquant fighting robot tang. Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who reluctantly becomes a promoter when robots replace humans in the sport. As you can see from the trailer, he does not do especially well at it, until he teams up with his son Max, and his robot Adam.
It's an odd combination of elements, but going off what's in the trailer, it looks like it might just work. The world looks interesting, the fights - which were created using motion capture and advised by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard - look exciting, and Jackman brings his usual bucket load of charisma. It's not going to hold many surprises for regular moviegoers, but it looks like it's going to be entertaining all the same.
Real Steel arrives in theaters on October 7th.