Directed by Shawn Levy. With Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie. In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling ex-boxer feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot.
I can’t even remember what service I streamed this on, maybe Netflix? Regardless, it’s a fun story of a washed up boxer that’s moved into the world of rock ’em / sock ’em robot boxing, but not doing a very good job at it, losing his hat in nearly every match he enters. Turns out that he’s not just bad at robot boxing, but he’s a dirt bag father as well, completely ignoring he has a kid with a woman he doesn’t speak to all too often, it seemed like he was happy not being a parent until she was dead, and even then was only convinced to take his own son into his care by a massive bundle of cash.
I’ll admit that I’m in love with Hugh Jackman’s work, there’s always so much to love when he’s on screen, even when he’s playing a somewhat loser of a character that we really shouldn’t be pulling for. It helps that Dakota Goyo was able to pull off the precocious son role very well and that Evangeline Lilly helped soften Jackman’s character.