Real Steel [2011]

In the near future, the way people entertain themselves has changed a bit. With an audience hooked on an increasingly violent form of boxing with which humans cannot keep up, robots are the ones entering the ring for battle in 2020, a move that guarantees maximum destruction and no deaths. Yes, as one might infer, this is very repetitive and predictable but, surprisingly, it’s also every bit as fun as its not-so-wild premise promises. The visual effects in Real Steel are outstanding and Dakota Goyo, who plays “Max”, is a revelation. He’s a young boy full of talent, and he’s flanked by the charismatic and game Hugh Jackman and Evangeline Lilly.