New Trailer for REAL STEEL Starring Hugh Jackman

     May 10, 2011

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DreamWorks has released a new trailer for Shawn Levy’s Real Steel.  The film stars Hugh Jackman as a washed-up boxer who reconnects with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo, who played Lil’ Thor in Thor) as they build and train a fighting robot to fight in the World Robot Boxing championship.  I’m trying to cast aside cynicism on this project, but I can’t get past Levy.  His films tend to be lowest common denominator family fare and judging by this trailer, it doesn’t look like Real Steel is going to break that trend.  It looks too saccharine to be fun and too silly to be taken seriously.  Hopefully I’m wrong and I’ll finally like one of the guy’s films because he’s certainly not going away anytime soon. It’s worth mentioning that Steven Spielberg was heavily involved in the project and fought to keep the project at DreamWorks when the studio broke away from Paramount.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Click here to check out Steve’s visit to the editing bay.  He thinks the film is going to be good.  Based on what I’ve seen (and granted, he’s seen more of the movie than I have), I beg to differ. Real Steel also stars Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis, Kevin Durand, and Evangeline Lilly.  The film opens October 7th.

Click over to Yahoo! Movies to see the trailer in HD.

Here’s the official synopsis for Real Steel:

Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

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  • Eric Walters

    After Lost began, I thought Evangeline Lilly had a promising career ahead of her but she has barely done anything in the last seven years.
    I hope she does more mainstream films from now on. She is an underrated actress and should have joined the A-list years ago.

    • Jesse

      Sorry Eric, Evangeline has retired from the game. This is her last acting gig apart from a few L’Oreal commercials. It was good while it lasted.

  • TheTrickster

    It feels like I’ve jsut watched the whole movie. Wich will save me a few bucks, actually.

    • LEM

      They didn’t show the part where Jackman has to get in the robot suit and die fighting.

      • Judge Def

        You mean like in The Simpsons? Oh man.

  • Edward Lee

    Really? This is what we’ve come to? The Rock’em Sock’em Robots movie?

    • Joshua Greer

      Basically the main audience that will be drawn in by Real Steel are boys from the ages of 9 to 16 and maybe their parents who are dragged to the movie theater with them.

  • Carl R

    Levy’s a no talent hack willing to take that studio cock as long as it gets him a check. Movie looks like shit but should do gangbusters in Japan (not racist).

  • Wolstenholme

    Who greenlit this shit?

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  • ringbearer1420

    I seriously thought that had made a Rock em’ Sock em’ robots movie when this trailer came on.

  • Tol

    If it’s a choice of Transformers 3 or this, I’ll go see this.

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  • shane

    i was sold until the annoying kid showed up, i fucking hate kids.

  • thedude

    meh, as much as I like Hugh Jackman and the very good looking cgi, why in the world does there have to be a kid involved?! This movie ain’t gonna be worth watching except for the robo battle scenes…the rest will be some generic bullsh”t plot which is just there to give rockem sockem robots a story!

  • Phoenix

    I’m surprised that they aren’t releasing this film in 3D.

  • C.A.White

    Throughout the movie there’s just a 30% boxing. A trailer isn’t the whole movie, judge a whole movie (not yet released) about relying on a trailer is like judging a book by its cover, isn’t very smart. Insiders who have seen Real Steel’s preview are excited, Spielberg is already planning the sequel, nobody in Hollywood bets millions of dollars on ‘nags’ especially people like Spielberg, he knows very well his job, claim to know more than him means just presumption.

    • Agent_Black

      Well said.

    • GAP

      Not everything Spielberg touches is gold.
      The Lovely Bones, The Soloist and Ghost Town are just a few recent Dreamworks films with box office returns that were far below budget.
      Real Steel might make back its $80million, but only because people will shell out $15 to see grass grow in 3D.

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  • Terry

    What a corny a** piece of turd.

  • bigfiction

    There is a kid involved, because the story is the father/ son relationship…because it’s not Transformers or Rock em’ Sock em’ robots.
    Instead of robots just personifying people, the people are providing the emotional motives for even caring about the robot fighters. Thats the concept, so there better be a realistic drama at the center of this thing. The tone seems right to me, and the kid has subtle charisma compared to most child over acting. I’m in.

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