There are always movies that can surprise me.  The surprise, of course, is not always good.  Real Steel is the movie that surprised me recently.  I saw previews for the movie, but wasn’t that excited about seeing it.  I’m glad I went, because it was a pleasant surprise.

Real Steel is as much about family and learning to be less selfish as it is about the robot-boxing.  The robot-boxing, of course, seems to dominate the movie simply because those scenes are flashy, well-done, and rather intense.

The story manages to capture what is compelling about boxing–think Muhammad Ali facing George Foreman–while showing that people still need something to believe in, even if their heroes are robots.

It’s an interesting movie, and one worth watching.  Those who enjoy action movies won’t get bored, and those who enjoy something more than pure action should enjoy the movie as well.