I must say that a few months ago, after having seen the trailer for this film, I did not have very good expectations. Hugh Jackman whom we have pigeonholed in the role of Wolverine, does not seem to be the kind of author that fits in this type of movie. Giants of Steel painted to be a film palomera, much more apt for the cinema in house that for a great Hollywood production. Fortunately, the trailer does not do it any justice.
The film is set in the not too distant future, in which robots have displaced humans in boxing. Because these machines do not get tired and their defects can be repaired quickly they become a popular attraction. The battles between robots are violent and powerful. In other words, we witness true gladiators of steel.
The main character, Charles Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a retired boxer who is dedicated to training robots for this new sport. However, it seems that things are not going well, and even less when he loses his last robot in a fight against a bull at a fair in Kansas (which would undoubtedly be described by animal protection groups as a bestiality) . To Charlie’s bad luck he receives information that his ex-girlfriend has died; and consequently, the custody of the son they had, Max, is at stake. As he is not interested in staying with the boy, he reaches an agreement with Marvin, husband of Debra (sister of his ex-girlfriend): he will give them custody of the boy in exchange for $ 100,000 USD. You will receive $ 50,000 USD in advance, and the rest when you return from a trip you plan to make to Italy, as long as Charlie agrees to take care of the boy during his trip.
With the $ 50,000 USD that has been delivered in advance, Charlie pays his new acquisition, a robot known by the name of Noisy Boy, which Max immediately recognizes. The boy seems to have inherited the same passion for boxing as his father, and soon begins to help him in this story that will live together and that will unite them again, until we become witnesses of an exciting outcome.
Giant of Steel is a film that talks about the unbreakable ties of blood, about perseverance and the acceptance of frustration as a learning process. It allows us to reflect, at the same time that we enjoy a good production with excellent actors. Of course Hugh Jackman was the strong card, but Dakota Goyo, the boy who personifies Max Kenton, shows us that it is a great promise for the cinema of this century. I would not be surprised to see it in future productions by Steven Spilberg, Peter Jackson or Tim Burton.
In the visual plane, Giants of Steel has enough eye candy to entice us. The fights between robots remind me of childhood, when we faced our toys with each other in imaginary battles. They are simply part of our urban culture, and that love that we keep to science fiction productions.
If you had to give it a grade, it would certainly give you an eight. The rating would have been higher if some ellipses had closed more effectively and with more credible information. For example, there is a scene in which Max takes a half-ton robot out of the mud. Unless the boy was a Kryptonian, I doubt he could do it himself.
Giants of Steel is a film directed by Shawn Levy , with Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Evangeline Lilly , among others.