Real Steel London Film Premiere Highlights | SoulCulture.TV

Have you ever wondered what it might be like if you crossed boxing with robots? Nah, me neither… but Dreamworks did – and the result is Real Steel.

Jacqueline Sheperd reports from the red carpet frontlines of Leicester Square, London for SoulCulture TV at the UK premiere of new action blockbuster where man fights machine, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy.

The film’s director Shawn Levy comments, “I like movies that have something familiar and relate-able and then dial it up. So with this, there’s a very relate-able father-and-son story, a very relate-able underdog story, but set against the backdrop of something that isn’t real. In that regard it is related to my [Night At The] Museum movies – although this is a very different tone – but that is a combination I like.”

“The movie is in some part a bit like Transformers – there’s some great special effects – but it’s based in reality,” lead actor Hugh Jackman muses. “The movie is really about the human story; it’s more Rocky than Transformers. It’s about the father and son story.”

Speaking of Rocky, attending guest British boxing star Amir Khan tells us, “When you’re involved in a boxing movie you have to train like a real fighter. The way that they train in that film is like the way a real fighter trains, that’s why I really think Hugh Jackman looks in great shape, it looks like he’s been training hard.

“When we were speaking before he said he was training with Sugar Ray Leonard, a legend in boxing… I’m excited to see what it’s all about.”

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Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a washed_up boxer in the near_future who, because his sport has been taken over by 8_foot steel robots, now lives in a world where he doesn’t fit in. With no fights and no prospects, Charlie is forced to hustle as a small_time robot fight promoter. He earns just enough money to survive by piecing together low_end “bots” and travelling from one underground boxing venue to the next for any prize-fight he can wrangle for his automatons.

When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all the odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

“Real Steel” is directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum” franchise and “Date Night”) and based in part on the short story by Richard Matheson.

Real Steel hits UK cinemas on October 14. Certificate: 12A