Posted on 10/12/11 02:15 AM
If you've got kids, take 'em. They'll probably like it. Mine sure did. But that would be because they hadn't seen this film before, with a down-on-his-luck has-been, estranged from his son who's lost his mother, who both in turn truck across the USA bonding with each other through a mutually beneficial father-and-son testosterone-inducing sport. And then you know how it ends.
You have seen this film before. Just replace the arm-wrestling with robots and you've got 1987's OVER THE TOP, starring Stallone.
Here's the trailer to compare it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB5iDUnx0iY
In fact the film so closely mirrors OVER THE TOP, I'm surprised I haven't heard about any litigation proceedings by now from producers of the 1987 'original'.
Still, the formula holds up and delivers some genuine scenes worthy of a rental. But originality is thoroughly dead in this film.