Blood-bashing, action-filled Hollywood flick, Real Steel hits the Pakistani cinemas in October. Cinepax bought the official rights to its release in Pakistan; however, an exact date is yet to be announced.
Set in the near future, the Sci-Fi/action-thriller is all about wrestling that has gone high-tech. Robots have taken over the humans in the rings. The special robot fights have become the top sport in the streets of the US.
Charlie Kenton, played by Hugh Jackman, is a low-profile wrestling promoter. Kenton lost his chance to the title when a 2000-pound wrestler knocked down his robot some time ago. Now left with nothing, he takes his chances with scraps of a robot. He rebuilds and retrains it to participate in a heavy-weight wrestling competition.
In the mix, Kenton encounters his estranged son, Max, played by Dakota Goyo. Max, being his father’s son, follows in Kenton’s footsteps. The duo trains its robot to win Kenton his lost title.
Real Steel also features Evangeline Lilly, best known for her character, Kate Austen in Lost, and Hope Davis, The Weather Man, alongside Jackman.
Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy, who brought box-office hits like Pink Panther, Night at the Museum and Date Night to the big screen. However, this is his first attempt in the action/thriller genre.
The movie was released in the US on October 8 and has already surpassed $20 M mark over the weekend grossing $27 M in the US theaters. It has already leapfrogged The Lion King’s re-release in 3D and George Clooney’s The Ides Of March to the first place in the US charts.
However, it is too early to say, whether it will sustain the spot when The Three Musketeers and Paranormal Activity’s third installment hit the market. Suffice to say that films of Real Steel’s likes have mostly struggled in the box offices in terms of revenues.
The movie took $80 M to finish and is released in IMAX Experience in select-few theatres in the US. However, it is not much of an attraction in Rawalpindi and Islamabad where moviegoers are not savvy to such technology.