Steen: Spielberg magic returns with Reel Steel

Movie about a boxing robot starring Hugh Jackman manages to pull at your sentimental heart strings.

Truth be told, I went to see Reel Steel because I’m a big fan of Hugh Jackman, but I came out as a real fan of the movie.

Charlie Kenton (Jackman) is down on his luck in this movie storyline about the future where robots are the main attraction in the fight world—a good thing perhaps as us Baby Boomers would have probably sucked up all the available health care funds.

Hugh Jackman, 42, was born in Sydney, Australia. He is recently known for the X-Men series and ironically his father was a boxing champ in the British Army. Jackman worked with Sugar Ray Leonard to get ready for his part in Reel Steel

This is a show about second (third and fourth) chances, determination and grit, or as my mother would have called it, stubbornness.

It’s about love, loss, redemption and never giving up as we see Kenton teaming up with his 11-year-old son Max, whom he’s never met and doesn’t know, just about the time he’s ready to throw any good part of his life away.

Max is played by Canadian Dakota Goyo, who is actually 12 and began at the age of 5 in commercials.

He is wonderful in this film as he breaks through the tough shell that Charlie has created for himself.

Charlie’s love interest Bailey, played by Evangeline Lilly, another Canadian, who was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency right here in Kelowna, is probably best known for her role in the television series Lost.

This movie had me at the first scene and never let go. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll root for the underdog and at some point you’ll forget that Atom is a robot.

No longer just dented metal, he’ll become every person who goes up against something bigger and stronger than themselves and you’re be right there with this piece of real steel every step of the way.

I haven’t a clue how they made this film, and it doesn’t matter…it’s the best Spielberg has done in quite some time.

In 2011, Spielberg has given us Cowboys And Aliens,  Real Steel, The Adventures of Tintin (due out December 23) and War Horse , due out in December as well.

In 2012 he’ll give us Men In Black 111 and Lincoln. He’s a busy guy.

One of the best lines in the film, is from a dialogue with Max and Charlie:

Max: “You sold me.”

Charlie: “ It sounds worse than it is.”

Real Steel has an easy 5 reels and while there is some swearing, it’s rated PG-13 and it will leave you smiling and good news, no humans were injured in the making of this movie…well maybe a couple of fight scenes, but no bones were broken.

Susan Steen is executive director of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association and a self-confessed movie buff.


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