“His truck may not be an eighteen-wheeler, and his autograph won’t read as cool as Lincoln Hawk, but Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) has much in common with the infamous arm-wrestler, and he also has in his armoury something slightly niftier than a little trick with his fingers. It’s the future. Robot boxing is a top sport. 2,000 pound robots do battle. Kenton is struggling to find his way after his own boxing career has hit the ropes. Then he discovers his ex-wife has died, and their 11-year-old son, Max (Dakota Goyo), is forced to finally get to know his father (having a super-cool fighting robot helps).
This is the story of a father who gains the love of his son (not to mention the drop-dead-gorgeous Evangeline Lilly), despite all adversities, enabling him to finally share his dreams with his boy! I told you it was like Over The Top (1987). Completely old-school, and all the better for it, Reel Steel is a family movie with heart, schmaltz, humour, endearing characters, dastardly villains, an uplifting magical score composed by Danny Elfman and edge-of-the-seat action that will have everyone grinning from ear to ear when that final bell is rung. Director Shawn Levy may over-egg the finale - just – but by that time you’ll be floating like a butterfly and be left wondering how two hours flew by so fast. Worth it. So worth it.” DW