the story took place in the far future where robots replaced human in boxing. Charlie was a formal boxer who got his money through illegal robot boxing matches. he owed the loan sharks more and more money after losing all the robots he bought because of his unskilled control over them. at the same time, cops showed up and told him that his ex-girlfriend died and left behind his 11-year-old son Max. Charlie agreed to give the child's custody to Max's aunt Debra after she returned from her 3 months honeymoon. the first night together, Charlie was forced to bring Max along to attend one of his illegal match. after losing another match, they drove to the junkyard to steal some parts to put together a new robot. Max accidentally fell over a ledge and was saved by a half-buried robot arm. Max insisted on digging that robot out and they returned with it. the robot name Atom, was an obsolete sparring bot. Max convinced Charlie to get Atom to fight, which it won and they instantly upgraded it to take vocal commands. one match after another, Atom earned them more and more money and also a chance to fight in the WRB (World Robot Boxing) league. their first match against a robot named Twin Cities was tough but miraculously they won. due to the attention received, Max challenged the WRB champion Zeus and the final battle was on.
it has been eons since we enjoyed any movie that had us forgot where we actually were, cheering and clapping as if we were part of the audiences that got to witness the matches in that arena! the characters were so in depth we were easily connected and influenced by their emotions. although we were more used to Hugh Jackman being so fierce and non-approachable in his Wolverine character, we were surprised that the unlucky average-guy role suit him perfectly as well. Max, casted by Dakota Goyo, was a young boy who appeared briefly in Thor (2011) together with Ted Allpress, as young Thor and young Loki. not only did he managed to have us viewers rooting for him, he also brought out Hugh Jackman fatherly side. instead of a mindless flick like its trailer indicated, the film actually presented so much heart and great performances, putting together delicious actions that made it so much fun to watch!
some backgrounds on the movie:
- director: Shawn Levy
- released: 2011
- casts: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Karl Yune, Olga Fonda
- language: English
- genre: Action/Science Fiction