Tuesday, May 10, 2011

And THIS is why Hugh Jackman is so desperate for more "Wolverine" sequels...

...because it's apparently either that or make movies about a deadbeat dad who reconnects with his precocious, smart-mouthed son amid the world of competitive Robot Boxing. For the Shawn "Night At The Museum" Levy.



Dear lord... it's only a TRAILER, but how bad to do you already want to see that fucking kid get crushed by falling debris?

This is technically based on a Richard Matheson story best remembered as a Twilight Zone episode, though presumably without the brutal twist. Yes, it was also the basis of that Simpsons episode you're thinking of.

I hope the whole movie is actually like this trailer, though: Played completely straight and "serious" in the most earnest way possible. Not because it'll make it any better, but because I want to witness the spectacle of the director of "Cheaper by the Dozen" (and STAR of "Zombie Nightmare!") trying to wring pathos out of what amounts to "Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots: The Movie." You have to learn to love the little things.

Oh, and Levy is apparently still the guy WB wants for "The Flash," so... yeah.

19 comments:

Scott Glasgow said...

Bob,
That's not really fair. Children can be really difficult to work with, take it from someone who has worked with them making movies. This kid is trying really hard, he hasn't quite gotten it yet, but if he watches the footage here he'll learn, he's got a genuine face though, and that's a hard thing to find.
You want to see truly bad child acting, watch any of the scenes in The Cape with his son in it. THAT, was a serious miscast.
Btw, at this point, Hugh Jackman can to anything he wants to, his career isn't being hinged on Wolverine 2, and Real Steel is by far not going to be the low point in his filmography.
Personally, I really think he should take a stab at crossing his broadway stuff with film and do a musical.
Scott Glasgow

Dave from canada said...

Two questions:

1-Why in the hell ISN'T this using the rockem sockem brand? Toys, video games...instant name recognition,the instant hiptser appeal that comes form referencing any toy from the 80s, the marketing possibilities are self evident Someone dropped the ball on this one.

2-Bob, are you seriously complaining about a movies about ROBOT BOXERS? I wanted a film like this so bad I rented robot jox. It would be years before I recovered from the disappointment.

It's robots. Boxing. It's robocop meets rocky. How is this not one of the best concepts for a fun popcorn movie ever?

MovieBob said...

@Scott,

I'm sure the ACTOR is a fine young man. I'm talking about the character as-sold by this trailer.

I've had it up to HERE with "smart-ass brat who needs a slap in the face" being the default-personality for children in genre movies; and this already looks like the worst version of the type since "Last Action Hero."

Reverend Allan Ironside said...

I think Transformers left too bad a taste in his mouth, cause apparently any movie with a robot sucks now. Or a kid.

To be fair, a kid actor ruined the Star Wars franchise for me, so I'm not blaming him too hard, but this DOES seem like the kind of movie his ten year old self would have liked. I know I wouldh ave. I love robots and I love boxing movies. I guess we'll see if this ends up being good when they're combined.

Martín Cerón said...

It's just Swordfish all over again.

Martín Cerón said...

Also, the plot is ripping off "Mr. Roboto" by Styx

Ezenwa said...

@Martin Ceron

Mr. Roboto and virtually any feel-good boxing movie that has come down the pike that wasn't Rocky. Shoot, even the boxing movie coming out with Stone Cold is the same way, in a sense.

That's my biggest qualm with this movie: it's too formulaic...and there's robots to try and take the attention away from it.

Nick said...

I too want to throttle the kid... and it is probably not a good sign that the female lead is being played by (I wish I was kidding) last year's Miss USA winner... but the movie still looks pretty cool.

I too hope that it gets played completely straight-faced and earnest, because I think that might actually make it better.

c260 said...

This reminds me so much of Playwres Sanshiro, but I suppose even that was just one in a line of "use toys/animals/whatever to fight" shows.

Harold said...

wasn't that the plot to an old twilight zone episode

Popcorn Dave said...

Wouldn't it just be brilliant if it turned out the robots were secretly just guys in suits trying to impress their kids, like in that Simpsons episode?

They'd have to be some seriously athletic guys, of course.

cathal said...

I have to point out that if this were the trailer for a Japanese movie you would raving about how American movies never make movies out of such fantastical concepts.

I think this looks like a good enough anime movie adaptation, but with american actors. Not saying it'll be fantastic, but I think you're being harsher on it than it deserves.

Danny said...

@Nick
That's not last year's Miss USA winner, that's Evangeline Lilly, of 'Lost' fame.

Fault-Finder said...

You know, I was honestly looking forward to this movie... then the kid showed up. Seriously, he's not just a bad actor- the character's presence, even in the trailer, totally derails the premise of all its coolness.

Chris Cesarano said...

I was intrigued by the film, but the whole focus on the kid just kills it for me. I can't really tell you why, but seeing a deadbeat overcome his personal challenges on his own in a world where robots have taken over boxing just seems much more interesting without him being a Dad.

genguidanos said...

I wasn't thinking of that Simpsons episode. I WAS thinking of that Futurama episode.

akkuma420 said...

Cathal said exactly what I was thinking... so yea... Instead of just repeating what was already said, I will just redirect you to 5 comments up.

Sophie said...

Okay..... The kid...forget about the brat, THAT is not even accounting for half of what is just plain wrong in the trailer. A) The musical score provides more drama then the action displayed promised (and this is just bad about the trailer itself). B)The design of the robots reminds me of Bayesque Transformers... why would any movie aspire to that? Apart from that unpleasant flashback, it was just a plain trailer. One of the many. Doesn't rattle my cage, does not drag me into a movie theatre... it´s one of the many.

ColScott said...

Oh look, Internet Loser tries to sound so fucking self important to his 12 closest friends. What a smug, stupid and lonely asshole you must be. The film has tested through the roof because audiences love it. Save your hipster cynicism for your mom who has to listen to you, shit head.