What is Fists of Steel?

The fear of technology taking over and controlling the world in the near future is a very common topic that appears in a lot of dystopian science fiction novels, television shows, animation, video games and last but not least, films. The Terminator series and I,Robot are known to be two popular films that display robots as the main characters or weapons that are more superior to humans. They also feature famous actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Will Smith as leading men and soon to be added to that list will be none other than Australian actor Hugh Jackman.

The 42 year old has starred in films such as Swordfish, Van Helsing and most notably his role as Marvel Comics character Wolverine in the X-Men and Wolverine films. His latest role will be the character of retired boxer turned promoter Charlie Kenton in science fiction film Real Steel, which is loosely based on Richard Matheson‘s short story Steel and an episode by the same name for sci-fi television series The Twilight Zone.

The basic story behind Real Steel involves the crossover of using robots rather than humans in boxing matches: “the human body can only take so much but the steel…it never stops” (so think Robot Wars but with metallic fists and feet instead of wheels and chainsaws). It follows the storyline of the decision that Charlie makes with his son Max to build a robot (that goes by the name of Adam) together, in order for it to take part in competing to win the championship. This choice is made after Charlie takes Max to show him what his career is all about: “this isn’t a video-game, this is real.” This film portrays the deeper story of how one man tries to find his place in the world again through the art of technology and how he teaches his fighting skills as a method for Adam to survive in the ring.

The first trailer for Real Steel was released in December last year and the second trailer was released in May this year. The second trailer shows more impact, more emotion and more shiny graphics which can make anyone believe in the fictional life that Real Steel has created.

Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy and will be released in the UK on the 7th October of this year. You can follow Real Steel on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and news on the film.

Are you a fan of Hugh Jackman and excited to see Real Steel? What do you think of this concept? Watch the second trailer below and add your comments below!

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