MetalStorm: The Destruction Of Jared-Syn
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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn is the science fiction battle of the ages with giant cyclopes and intergalactic magicians in this futuristic adventure set on the desert planet of Lemuria. A miner and his daughter Dhyana (Kelly Preston) fall prey to the evil dictator Jared-Syn's reign of terror. Dogen (Jeffrey Byron), the brave peacekeeping ranger, must save Dhyana and the rest of her planet from the forces of Jared-Syn (Mike Preston), his son, Baal (R. David Smith) and the hideous cyclopean warlord, Hurok (Richard Moll). If Dogen does not find Dhyana in time, she will be sacrificed to Jared-Syn's strange life-giving crystal. Take a space-age journey into the farthest reaches of the imagination with dazzling special effects and a story that will excite fantasy fans of all ages.
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THOUGHTS: Biggest gimmick of this flick was the 3D lure, promoted during that fad's brief resurrection during the 1980's. Other than that, METALSTORM is a by-the-numbers post apocalyptic yarn about moody anti-social types who skulk around backlot wastelands, chasing & fighting one another apparently just for the hell of it. Leading man Jeff Byron does his best mad Max Rockatansky impression. Tim Thomerson, in his first acting job for Charles & Albert Band, is fun, as always. Spunky Kelly Preston (perhaps best known for her racy full frontal nude scene in 1985's MISCHIEF (and for being Mrs. John Travolta), LOL), plays the ragamuffin sidekick character. Richard Moll's cyclops, Hurok, is cool, fun and surprisingly honorable & likeable. Mike Preston, former Pappgallo from The Road Warrior, is the titular Jared-Syn, looking rather goofy & garish in some emo/vampire-esque make-up. The visual esthetics are the usual Goodwill & auto graveyard trappings so common in these Mad Max clones. F/X are relegated to lots of back canyon stunt driving, a few pyro gags, a smattering of optical zips & zaps, and a laughably bad bluescreen 'skybike' chase sequence. Still, METALSTORM is a harmlessly fun time-waster, even better now thanks to the release of the film in hi-def & 3D, for those of you with TV's to match. (It also has the option to watch it in plain old 2D, for the rest of us.)
THE BLU-RAY: Choose either 2D or 3D. The picture itself is quite good for such a cheapie. Sound is clean & level. Lots of bonus goodies for fans of Empire/Full Moon and the post-apoc genre up the ante of this Shout!Factory hi-def release. A must for 3D TV-owning sci-fi fans. Worth a look for the rest of us as well.
When I found out this film was out on 3D blueray, I jumped at it. The 3D effect was often exaggerated by wide-angle close-ups on the actor's faces, exaggerating the perspective, and making their facial features seem to pop out of the screen.
The script was a fine work of literary mediocrity. I'm not sure what planet they were on, but it sure reminded me of the desert in Southern California. The paths traveled on this strange world were covered with the impressions of many off-road vehicles. One of the roads looked like a place a few miles up the road from my house.
Yes, the script wasn't classic and the sets were cheesy... But, the hero wore a cool black leather getup that would look hot on my motorcycle.
All in all, it's a good movie to have if you like 3D.
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