Distributor: Touchstone/Dreamworks/21 Laps/Montford Murphy
Director: Shawn Levy
Running Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
My Rating: 10/10
Summary: Charlie Kenton is a promoter of a new sport: boxing robots. He decides to team up with his estranged son Max to create the newest sensation.
Review: I have to say this movie pleasantly surprised me. I only expected this movie to be silly, but still enjoyable. I thought it was interesting that the movie wasn’t nearly as futuristic as I thought it was going to be. In fact, the robot-boxing was the only futuristic element.
I thought the relationship between Charlie and Max was developed very well. At the beginning, we could easily tell that Charlie was more concerned with finding a winning robot than trying to heal the rift caused by his wife’s death.
The designs on the robots were very good. I especially liked Noisy Boy, the second robot that Charlie attempted to promote. All the robots had a unique look to them. The imagination was very good.
One thing that really impressed me was Dakota Goyo, the kid who played Max. I learned through the commentary that Shawn Levy actually let Dakota ad lib most of the performance. When I learned this, it made him feel more genuine.
All in all, I found this movie very enjoyable. I’d recommend it to any sci-fi fan.