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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action  |  19 August 1983 (USA)
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On a desert planet, warlord Jared-Syn is trying to convince a tribe of mutants that he's their messiah and gain unlimited power hidden in a crystal. Ranger Dogen and explorer Dhyana, who's father was murdered by Syn, must stop him.

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Dogen
Michael Preston ...
Jared-Syn (as Mike Preston)
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Rhodes
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Dhyana
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Hurok
R. David Smith ...
Baal
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Aix
Marty Zagon ...
Zax
Mickey Fox ...
Poker Annie
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Baal's Lieutenant (as J. Bill Jones)
Winston Jones ...
Chimera
Mike Jones ...
Miner #1
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Miner #2
Rick Militi ...
Miner #3
Speed Stearns ...
Cyclopean Intruder
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A seeker named Dogen rescues Dhyana after her father is murdered by the evil Jared-Syn. To avenge her father's death, Dogen must find Jared-Syn's hideout in the mysterious "Lost City", but the only person who knows where it is an aging, burned-out seeker named Rhodes. Along the way, they will need to do battle against the hunter Baal and his Cyclopean minions for engaging Jared-Syn in a final encounter. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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At high noon on a desert planet a lone space ranger will destroy Jared Syn. See more »


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Dogen resembles Max Rockatansky, the protagonist of the "Mad Max" films. See more »

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[Hurok takes the special mask from Dogen]
Hurok: The two of you took this?
Rhodes: He took it!
[Points at Dogen]
Hurok: Then he lives. You do not.
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The Destruction, or Escape, of Jared Syn?
15 July 2015 | by (Jakarta, Indonesia) – See all my reviews

I've always remembered this as a cool 3D sci-fi adventure, just like other 3D movies of the 80's: Parasite, Comin' At Ya, Treasure of the Four Crowns, Jaws 3D, and Amityville 3D.

A roving lone ranger on a post-apocalyptic Earth named Dogen (Jeffrey Byron) finds a lovely young woman Dhyana (Kelly Preston) alone and terrified outside a mining cave. After knowing that her father, a scientist, was killed by a raving mutant named Baal, he vows to avenge her father's death. So, who is Jared Syn and why must he be destroyed?

It turns out that Syn (Mike Preston) is the father of Baal, and he is some sort of a messiah-like priest who is planning to control the surviving nomadic tribes that roam the barren wastelands and enslave them. Not being able to locate this mysterious messiah, Dogen seeks the help of a down-and-out alcoholic mercenary Rhodes (Tim Thomerson – TRANCERS, ZONE TROOPERS), who happens to know Syn's whereabouts. Together they seek for a mask that will help them find and destroy Jared Syn.

While watching this post-apocalyptic yarn, I can't help but think of STAR WARS and THE ROAD WARRIOR. The film has elements of those two films blended into one with some 3D effects thrown in, and the outcome is you get a fun low budget sci-fi adventure. Despite its low budget nature, the character make-up effects (like those of Baal's) are surprisingly cool, just like what you see in STAR WARS, and the 3D effects look neat too even though many shown are just characters or objects pointing at the screen. Then, there is also this rousing "super-hero-like" musical score that plays every time the action scenes start. However, the ending will leave you rather disappointed.

I've always admired the Band family (Albert, Richard, and Charles) for their creativity as a producer, composer or director, especially their short-lived Empire Pictures productions. There are always some things unique about their low budget films, and this is one of them.

For undemanding viewers looking for old school 3D flicks, especially those who love 80's B-movie sci-fi adventure, METALSTORM: THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED SYN comes recommended.


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