Monday, January 30, 2012

Reel Steel

When I first saw the trailer of this movie I thought it had to be one of those joke trailers that they do on Saturday Night Live. Then I remembered that it's only funny because it's true that we live in a world where Hollywood would make a movie about Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.

And you know what, the other surprise is, that the movie is pretty good. They take a classic formula, humans (and their robots) down on their luck. The underdog story is always a good one. Who doesn't root for the underdog. Plus it has the added bonus of taking the plot of OVER THE TOP is never a bad idea (right?).

The movie takes you through the world of robot boxing (and some county fair action too). From underground unlicensed fights, to the Rockyesque end where our underdogs fight the top seated heavyweight contender. It does play it on the sappy side at times, but never takes it over the edge.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?
Eh. Probably not.

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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