Judging from the above image, steel may have a gotten a little TOO real.
"Times have changed. Fighting has changed — but the crowd, they never change. They just get bigger."
Or, as it's become known on the Internet, Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots: The Movie
A 2011 film (loosely) based on a Richard Matheson
story first adapted for The Twilight Zone
, Real Steel
takes place Twenty Minutes into the Future
, where human boxers have been supplanted by robotic warriors who can dish out and take far more damage. Former boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman
) now works on the outside of the ring as a robot handler, exhibiting in town fairs and underground robot fights to make ends meet, when he suddenly gets his estranged son Max dropped in his lap after the boy's mother dies.
Needless to say, neither Charlie or Max take well to this at first, but they slowly manage to bond over Atom - an obsolete robot they find in the junkyard after Charlie's previous 'bot gets trashed, with the ability to mimic the moves of others and the resilience to survive just about any punishment. Together they rebuild Atom and train him to fight, aiming for the championships through the underground scene for Charlie's last shot at a comeback.
Executive produced by Steven Spielberg
and Robert Zemeckis
, although not directed by either (step forward Shawn Levy
This film provides examples of: