Real Steel

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Real Steel (Touchstone Movie)

“Real Steel” is a science fiction sports drama film released in 2011 and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is set in the near future where robot boxing has become a popular sport. The story revolves around Charlie Kenton, played by Hugh Jackman, a former boxer who now operates outdated and low-level boxing robots.

Charlie’s life takes a turn when he discovers that he has a son named Max, played by Dakota Goyo, whose mother has passed away. Max’s aunt, Debra, and her wealthy husband want to adopt him, but Charlie decides to take care of him temporarily to get some money from Max’s aunt. However, as they spend time together, they form a bond and decide to embark on a journey together.

During their journey, they come across an old and discarded sparring robot named Atom, whom Max befriends and trains. Atom turns out to be an underdog with a unique ability to learn and adapt to opponents’ fighting styles, leading them to compete in the World Robot Boxing Championship.

“Real Steel” explores themes of redemption, family, and the human-robot relationship. The film blends action, drama, and heartwarming moments to create an entertaining and emotionally engaging story.

The movie received positive reviews for its engaging plot, impressive visual effects, and Hugh Jackman’s compelling performance. The father-son dynamic between Charlie and Max resonated with audiences, and the robot boxing sequences were praised for their thrilling and realistic portrayal.

“Real Steel” became a commercial success, grossing over $300 million worldwide, and its popularity led to the development of a video game and a graphic novel adaptation. The film’s unique blend of action, drama, and heart has made it a favorite among audiences of all ages.

Real Steel

Additional Details


  • Hugh Jackman: Charlie Kenton
  • Dakota Goyo: Max Kenton
  • Evangeline Lilly: Bailey Tallet
  • Anthony Mackie: Finn
  • Olga Fonda: Farra Lemkova
  • Karl Yune: Tak Mashido
  • Kevin Durand: Ricky
  • Hope Davis: Aunt Debra
  • James Rebhorn: Marvin
  • Gregory Sims: Bill Panner


  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Producers: Shawn Levy, Susan Montford and Don Murphy
  • Screenplay: John Gatins
  • Music: Danny Elfman

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