Real Steel Trailer: First Reactions
Is it real good or real bad?
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near future [the year 2020], where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
The trailer for the film was released just few days ago, and confirmed what many had believed since the film was announced...this looks sh*te.
The dueling robot sequences utilize motion-capture animation based off actual human boxers (who themselves are getting help from the famous Sugar Ray Leonard), but the Real Steel technical crew concocted nineteen life-sized animatronic metal bots for Jackman and his fellow performers to interact with.
This is very cool, as movies often do a CGI over kill. However, they have overlooked the one thing that makes a fight enjoyable- the emotional involvement. The fact that these robots are essentially surrogates, and that they are unable to exhibit any emotions themselves prevents the viewer from having an emotional connection with the robot.
Not to say that audiences can't be emotionally involved with non human charecters. Just look at movies like Robocop, Pinocchio, Star Wars, or Short Circut (I balled up when they beat down "Johnny No.5" in the second one...he just wanted to be human! MAMA NO!).
Nonetheless, if the trailer is anything to go by, the fights look like a snooze fest.
Here is the trailer:
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