Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) used to be a prizefighter but lost his chance to win a title when heavy, towering robots took over the boxing ring. Now working as a small-time promoter, Charlie pieces together scrap metal into low-end fighters, barely earning enough to make it from one underground venue to the next. After hitting rock bottom, Charlie reluctantly teams with his estranged son, Max (Dakota Goyo), to build and train a championship robot for a last shot at redemption.
I could tell this was a Steven Spielberg from the slickness of the visuals, the smoothness of the storyline, but mainly from the depiction of the main character: something not quite right about him - merely a characterization of someone tailor-made to fit the movie - in other words a person who couldn't exist in the real world thereby coming across as make believe. The worse thing about this is how it makes you feel - uneasy to say the least. The guy was a total douche-bag, having been punched in the head far too many times it seemed to me. Maybe a few more would have helped. I just couldn't warm to him so the idea the rest of the cast could too just didn't play right with me.
You would think by the above paragraph I didn't enjoy the movie - but I did. There was sufficient character development, interesting other characters, fight scenes and some great acting to keep me entertained. Not a film to leave you with a good feeling inside but one to enjoy for the moment. It was fun whilst it lasted
.MKJ Score of 7