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First look at non-transforming fighting robots in Real Steel trailer

Dec. 9, 2010by:

Hugh Jackman training robots to box has always sounded like a rather ridiculous concept, and now that the trailer is finally out, I have to say...

It's a completely ridiculous concept.

Human boxing is illegal, so now robots fight each other. They're usually quite colorful, I think I saw one with a mohawk, and they don't appear to have any weapons of any kind. Rather, they're smaller version of Transformers who don't have missiles and don't transform into Chevy products.

When I heard about REAL STEEL, I thought if they did it like Battlebots (yeah, you watched it) it could be kind of cool, with more technologically advanced versions of those robots, with blades and saws and spikes and stuff.

But two robots just punching each other out? Doesn't seem terribly exciting to me, and for all Hugh Jackman's yelling, he can't convince me otherwise. Check it out for yourself below.

Extra Tidbit: And yes, there is going to be a SEPARATE Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots movie.
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7:08AM on 12/12/2010
I love how at 1:20 there's this big metal clunking sound when Evangeline Lilly taps a robot with her foot.
I love how at 1:20 there's this big metal clunking sound when Evangeline Lilly taps a robot with her foot.
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7:30PM on 12/10/2010
I don't know...I mean I was intrigued enough to click the trailer...They got me there.
I don't know...I mean I was intrigued enough to click the trailer...They got me there.
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5:44PM on 12/10/2010

yeahhhh....idk

AGreed with the other fanboys remarks about this trailer. The best part about the trailer was seeing evangeline lillys hot fuckin face. hugh jackman is good but offen gets him self in odd roles sometimes. this could be good or really dumb.
AGreed with the other fanboys remarks about this trailer. The best part about the trailer was seeing evangeline lillys hot fuckin face. hugh jackman is good but offen gets him self in odd roles sometimes. this could be good or really dumb.
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7:55AM on 12/10/2010
I can see why this might turn out good, or horribly bad. If you remember back to the battle bots days, people love robots destroying each other. This movie (from the trailer) seemed to capture that charm. But on he other hand the way the film goes could be awful too, lol. Lets wait and see...
I can see why this might turn out good, or horribly bad. If you remember back to the battle bots days, people love robots destroying each other. This movie (from the trailer) seemed to capture that charm. But on he other hand the way the film goes could be awful too, lol. Lets wait and see...
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6:41AM on 12/10/2010
This odd movie has three things going for it:

3--Evangeline Lilly is the costar.
2--Hugh Jackman is THE star.
1--It's based on a story by Richard Matheson.

Me? I'm game. BRING IT!!!
This odd movie has three things going for it:

3--Evangeline Lilly is the costar.
2--Hugh Jackman is THE star.
1--It's based on a story by Richard Matheson.

Me? I'm game. BRING IT!!!
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6:05AM on 12/10/2010
I love the Twilight Zone's 'Steel'. I've seen it several times, and thought a big screen adaptation of it would be wonderful. I've never read Matheson's written version of it, but this trailer looks awful. It doesn't even seem like it's following the same story.
I love the Twilight Zone's 'Steel'. I've seen it several times, and thought a big screen adaptation of it would be wonderful. I've never read Matheson's written version of it, but this trailer looks awful. It doesn't even seem like it's following the same story.
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3:26AM on 12/10/2010
Why does this remind me of that fake live action Pokemon trailer? Is this fake as well? lol
Why does this remind me of that fake live action Pokemon trailer? Is this fake as well? lol
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2:48AM on 12/10/2010
The idea for the film might seem pathetic, but it looks fun...ish?
The idea for the film might seem pathetic, but it looks fun...ish?
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11:46PM on 12/09/2010

Lol

I honestly have no idea what to think about this.
I honestly have no idea what to think about this.
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11:06PM on 12/09/2010
wtf did i just watch.
wtf did i just watch.
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10:19PM on 12/09/2010
I dunno, it looked goofy and its directed by Shawn Levy, who did the Night at the Museums, so I think I'll pass....
I dunno, it looked goofy and its directed by Shawn Levy, who did the Night at the Museums, so I think I'll pass....
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9:57PM on 12/09/2010
I was waiting for a big upper cut at the end of the trailer with the robot head shooting up and making the "rockem sockem" spring noise.
I was waiting for a big upper cut at the end of the trailer with the robot head shooting up and making the "rockem sockem" spring noise.
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9:34PM on 12/09/2010
Jackman tries to sell it, but this looks awful. goddamned awful.
Jackman tries to sell it, but this looks awful. goddamned awful.
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9:28PM on 12/09/2010
People 20 years from now will probably think of this as we think of Death Race 2000. It's going to have its own group of fans. The majority will not even bother to watch it. So in the end it might even get remade.
People 20 years from now will probably think of this as we think of Death Race 2000. It's going to have its own group of fans. The majority will not even bother to watch it. So in the end it might even get remade.
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9:07PM on 12/09/2010

It's important to note...

... that this is based on a Richard Matheson short story, "Steel", from 1956. It's already been adapted once before as a Twilight Zone episode. The concept predates Rock 'Em Sock 'Em and Transformers, even though these new character designs are certainly influenced by both those things.

As for the Simpsons episode, it's very probable they were lampooning "Steel", given how they like to parody old Twilight Zone plots.
... that this is based on a Richard Matheson short story, "Steel", from 1956. It's already been adapted once before as a Twilight Zone episode. The concept predates Rock 'Em Sock 'Em and Transformers, even though these new character designs are certainly influenced by both those things.

As for the Simpsons episode, it's very probable they were lampooning "Steel", given how they like to parody old Twilight Zone plots.
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8:54PM on 12/09/2010
Wasn't this a Simpsons episode? Will Hugh/Homer climb inside the robot and fight before the end of the picture???

I like Hugh Jackman but... UGH.
Wasn't this a Simpsons episode? Will Hugh/Homer climb inside the robot and fight before the end of the picture???

I like Hugh Jackman but... UGH.
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8:53PM on 12/09/2010
Basically, Dreamworks Saw They Had All This Extra Transformers CGI Footage Laying Around And Decided To Throw A Boxing Ring And Hugh Jackman In It For Good Measure And Nerd Points And Call It A Day. BRING IT!!!
Basically, Dreamworks Saw They Had All This Extra Transformers CGI Footage Laying Around And Decided To Throw A Boxing Ring And Hugh Jackman In It For Good Measure And Nerd Points And Call It A Day. BRING IT!!!
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8:41PM on 12/09/2010

BRING IT!

Seriously?? Ugh.
Seriously?? Ugh.
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8:09PM on 12/09/2010

I can only imagine the concept discussion for this movie:

"Remember that retro toy Transformers? That movie banked, right? Well, we need to tap into the Rock'em Sock'em fanbase as well!"

"Were do I sign?"
"Remember that retro toy Transformers? That movie banked, right? Well, we need to tap into the Rock'em Sock'em fanbase as well!"

"Were do I sign?"
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8:09PM on 12/09/2010
The teaser was unimpressive. Action looks good enough and I like robot stuff, but Jackman was underwhelming in the trailer. Still, I sensed a heart in the story and that this film will be about Jackman's relationship with the robot. Who knows, I guess we'll have to wait until an expanded trailer.
The teaser was unimpressive. Action looks good enough and I like robot stuff, but Jackman was underwhelming in the trailer. Still, I sensed a heart in the story and that this film will be about Jackman's relationship with the robot. Who knows, I guess we'll have to wait until an expanded trailer.
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7:24PM on 12/09/2010
I'm sorry.. but that looks fucking terrible.

I'm all for mindless entertainment but that looks like neither.. not my type of movie at all.
I'm sorry.. but that looks fucking terrible.

I'm all for mindless entertainment but that looks like neither.. not my type of movie at all.
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7:14PM on 12/09/2010
It's kind of hard to hate jackman, the guy is a terrific actor.. Whatever project this folk is up to, count me in.
It's kind of hard to hate jackman, the guy is a terrific actor.. Whatever project this folk is up to, count me in.
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7:08PM on 12/09/2010
I hope the whole movie isn't just people yelling things.
I hope the whole movie isn't just people yelling things.
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6:53PM on 12/09/2010
I'm not being pretentious movie nerd. I usually only watch bad horror and action movies but this just doesn't look entertaining at all.
I'm not being pretentious movie nerd. I usually only watch bad horror and action movies but this just doesn't look entertaining at all.
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6:42PM on 12/09/2010
It seems like movie fans these days expect every movie to be the next greatest movie of all time. Many people have forgotten what it means to go to a movie and just be entertained. While this movie will not be an epic masterpiece or have the best CGI it still looks like an compelling and entertaining idea. Just keep an open mind and don't be a pretentious jackass and i'm sure you can enjoy it. If not then it's no real loss to you.
It seems like movie fans these days expect every movie to be the next greatest movie of all time. Many people have forgotten what it means to go to a movie and just be entertained. While this movie will not be an epic masterpiece or have the best CGI it still looks like an compelling and entertaining idea. Just keep an open mind and don't be a pretentious jackass and i'm sure you can enjoy it. If not then it's no real loss to you.
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5:46PM on 12/09/2010

I dunno

I didn't see anything at stake in the trailer.
I didn't see anything at stake in the trailer.
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5:17PM on 12/09/2010
I'm only watching it for Evangeline Lilly (Kate from LOST).
I'm only watching it for Evangeline Lilly (Kate from LOST).
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4:56PM on 12/09/2010

Seriously?

I'm pretty sure the idea for this movie was suggested as a joke, but someone didn't get it.
I'm pretty sure the idea for this movie was suggested as a joke, but someone didn't get it.
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4:37PM on 12/09/2010

No

just no. ever since i heard this announced ive been out on it, trailer confirmed it. Robot movies are so damn overrated as a whole, but this looks more Transmorphers than Transformers. gimme dem plusses!
just no. ever since i heard this announced ive been out on it, trailer confirmed it. Robot movies are so damn overrated as a whole, but this looks more Transmorphers than Transformers. gimme dem plusses!
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4:27PM on 12/09/2010

Staying positive

I'm hoping it will be more "Million Dollar Baby meets Iron Giant." Boxing movies are normally all about the "heart" of the fighter. I'm curious to see whether the bots will have that questionable ghost in the machine or if it will be centered more around Jackman's character.
I'm hoping it will be more "Million Dollar Baby meets Iron Giant." Boxing movies are normally all about the "heart" of the fighter. I'm curious to see whether the bots will have that questionable ghost in the machine or if it will be centered more around Jackman's character.
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4:25PM on 12/09/2010

OOOH NO THEY DIDN'T!!!

This does indeed look completely ridiculous...and potentially awesome. We shall see.
This does indeed look completely ridiculous...and potentially awesome. We shall see.
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4:14PM on 12/09/2010

O.K.

That was fucking awesome.
That was fucking awesome.
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4:13PM on 12/09/2010
Million Dollar Baby meets Robot Jox?

Looked like the old Full Moon Entertainment stuff (Dollman, Puppetmaster, etc.) which I have a fondness for, so I'll go see it. It looks like some good cheese.
Million Dollar Baby meets Robot Jox?

Looked like the old Full Moon Entertainment stuff (Dollman, Puppetmaster, etc.) which I have a fondness for, so I'll go see it. It looks like some good cheese.
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4:07PM on 12/09/2010
I get the feeling from the trailer that this may have worked better as a 20 or 40 minute short film (in which case, I'd be ecstatic to see it). As it stands, though...Jackman is the only reason I would spend money on this, bub.
I get the feeling from the trailer that this may have worked better as a 20 or 40 minute short film (in which case, I'd be ecstatic to see it). As it stands, though...Jackman is the only reason I would spend money on this, bub.
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3:53PM on 12/09/2010
while this is no doubt better than transformers as far as story, acting, etc....still, c'mon. really?!? jackman...really?!?! dude is a great actor and he's doing this....really?!?!?!?!
while this is no doubt better than transformers as far as story, acting, etc....still, c'mon. really?!? jackman...really?!?! dude is a great actor and he's doing this....really?!?!?!?!
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4:41PM on 12/09/2010
what seperates Hugh Jackman from actors who would take this role? He's been in XMen movies, Van Helsing, shit like Swordfish. Where has he shown dramatic acting chops? The Prestige? this is right up Hugh Jackman's alley afaic
what seperates Hugh Jackman from actors who would take this role? He's been in XMen movies, Van Helsing, shit like Swordfish. Where has he shown dramatic acting chops? The Prestige? this is right up Hugh Jackman's alley afaic
5:38PM on 12/09/2010
Hey Conz, you ever see "The Fountain"? By far Jackman's best performance and he was also great in the uder appreciated "Australia".
Hey Conz, you ever see "The Fountain"? By far Jackman's best performance and he was also great in the uder appreciated "Australia".
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3:41PM on 12/09/2010
If I was 12, this would look fantastic.
If I was 12, this would look fantastic.
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3:39PM on 12/09/2010

ROBOT JOX 2?

I look forward to using this for Awfully Good.
I look forward to using this for Awfully Good.
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3:37PM on 12/09/2010

BRING IT!!!

It's kinda silly...but could be fun.

Honestly, though, who wouldn't want to control their own fighting robot. If this shit was real it would be sweet.
It's kinda silly...but could be fun.

Honestly, though, who wouldn't want to control their own fighting robot. If this shit was real it would be sweet.
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3:34PM on 12/09/2010

Hugh Jackman...

... is a whore for money.
... is a whore for money.
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3:31PM on 12/09/2010
Looked better than I expected, I agree with the person below, does look better than Transformers 3.

But Shawn Levy gives me very little hope, he seeme's like one of those directors that bend over for studios.

Cool trailer though
Looked better than I expected, I agree with the person below, does look better than Transformers 3.

But Shawn Levy gives me very little hope, he seeme's like one of those directors that bend over for studios.

Cool trailer though
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3:21PM on 12/09/2010
Having watched this, all I can say is...uh...Can't wait for Wolverine!
Having watched this, all I can say is...uh...Can't wait for Wolverine!
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3:18PM on 12/09/2010
People are saying this looks better than the Transformer movies? Give me a break. They're not that terrible.
People are saying this looks better than the Transformer movies? Give me a break. They're not that terrible.
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4:35PM on 12/09/2010
there is no way this looks better than TF. this looks like a knockoff of Transformers meets some crappy movie like DeathRace
there is no way this looks better than TF. this looks like a knockoff of Transformers meets some crappy movie like DeathRace
3:12PM on 12/09/2010

It suffers from taking itself too seriously

Same with Cowboys vs. Aliens. The tone of these overall films should be something they should focus on. That being said, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that the studious are trying to market this film like as if it was another Transformers.
Same with Cowboys vs. Aliens. The tone of these overall films should be something they should focus on. That being said, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that the studious are trying to market this film like as if it was another Transformers.
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3:08PM on 12/09/2010
The first SyFy original movie to hit theaters!
The first SyFy original movie to hit theaters!
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3:05PM on 12/09/2010
I really gotta say, I always thought this concept sounded a bit stupid, and that trailer really didn't help matters at all. The whole plot is just so kinda arbitrary really to them wanting to just use big robots. If this does movie actually does well then Hugh Jackman is a much bigger star then I thought.
I really gotta say, I always thought this concept sounded a bit stupid, and that trailer really didn't help matters at all. The whole plot is just so kinda arbitrary really to them wanting to just use big robots. If this does movie actually does well then Hugh Jackman is a much bigger star then I thought.
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2:58PM on 12/09/2010

Stupid as hell.

That's all I got.
That's all I got.
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2:55PM on 12/09/2010

Real Steel > Transformers III

Mark my words.
Mark my words.
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2:51PM on 12/09/2010

"Bring It"

Looks awesome. Love the concept.

Eat your heart out Michael Bay
Looks awesome. Love the concept.

Eat your heart out Michael Bay
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