Running time: 127 minutes
Now out on DVD and Blu-ray!
I saw quite a fair amount of posters near my work area as well as publicity when it screened here. While it did not exactly create a buzz like a couple of movies that surfaced shortly after/near the end of this movie’s theatrical run, it did still get the attention of quite a number of people from what I could see at my usual ‘sources’.
Set in a not so distant future, it assumes the futuristic setting of having highly developed robots fighting in the ring instead of having human bodies brawling it out. And it’s not really fully automated robots at work as they still require an operator to control and input commands etc. I would say the way it is presented is a mix of mature with tinges of more ‘childish’ elements (maybe cos of the presence of the kid).
Story wise, as expected, it should not be highly anticipated but the movie does make an effort to create a more concrete plot with opportunities for character development, especially on the father-son interactions. It’s not all about robot boxing in this movie while it is probably the most important element. Coming behind would be the time the father and son spend together for the first(?) time together while being strangers the entire time previously.
Of course, we will get to see some robot fighting action and I must say some of the scenes are really well done. I know some of the techniques (in theory) that would have definitely been applied in order to create that smoothness but I think they really took care some of the smaller details quite brilliantly. I was expecting more lapses and noticeable inconsistencies, or rather I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case in reality.
While it did turn out fine on some aspects, the overall package does not feel big enough and lacks the extra something to make it a highly rated movie. It is still a pretty decent watch though. My take: 6.5/10
p.s. for all the so called capabilities the big bad bot was supposed to have, it is quite disappointing in the actual fight. Lol.