Real Steel (film) In the near future, the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter, lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback at the robot Real Steel World Championship. From DreamWorks, distributed by Touchstone, released on October 7, 2011. Directed by Shawn Levy. Stars Hugh Jackman (Charlie Kenton), Dakota Goyo (Max), Evangeline Lilly (Bailey), Anthony Mackie (Finn), Kevin Durand (Ricky), Hope Davis (Deborah Barnes). 127 min. Based on a short story by Richard Matheson.