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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)

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.

Director:

Charles Band

Writer:

Alan J. Adler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Byron ... Dogen
Michael Preston ... Jared-Syn (as Mike Preston)
Tim Thomerson ... Rhodes
Kelly Preston ... Dhyana
Richard Moll ... Hurok
R. David Smith ... Baal
Larry Pennell ... Aix
Marty Zagon Marty Zagon ... Zax
Mickey Fox ... Poker Annie
William Jones William Jones ... Baal's Lieutenant (as J. Bill Jones)
Winston Jones Winston Jones ... Chimera
Mike Jones Mike Jones ... Miner #1
Michael Sinclair Walter ... Miner #2 (as Michael S. Walter)
Rick Militi Rick Militi ... Miner #3
Speed Stearns Speed Stearns ... Cyclopean Intruder
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metalstorm See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,019,000, 21 August 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,301,085
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Described by a critic as "Star Wars" meets "Mad Max". See more »

Quotes

[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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Released in Japan in the short-lived VHD format in 3-D. This disc has been widely copied to make bootleg tapes and DVDs. See more »

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Good for several hoots.
4 January 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The 1983 3-D Charles Band production "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn" is pretty damn forgettable and obviously quite low budget but, like many other movies of its kind, it's not without its cheesy charms. One is simply going to have to be partial to this type of thing to begin with. It's highly derivative of other sci-fi features that have come before it, and it is undeniably crude. It's full of nonsense and short on sense. The characters are well defined if not exactly fleshed out (you're never in much doubt as to who is a good guy and who is a bad guy.) The action is reasonably effective, with well done stunts and explosions, and the special effects do give this the appeal of really good cheese. The most worthy component is the rousing music score by Charles's brother Richard Band; it deserves to be in a better movie.

Stiff, but not completely unlikable, Jeffrey Byron stars as Dogen, a "ranger" in a world of the future who must do battle with the overlord of the title, played by Mike Preston of "The Road Warrior". Jared-Syn, assisted by his creepy son Baal (R. David Smith), makes life miserable for people such as amiable old miner Aix (Larry Pennell) and his daughter Dhyana (a young and super sexy Kelly Preston). Knowing he needs help, Dogen gets tracking assistance from the weary Rhodes (Tim Thomerson, who easily steals the show). As the story plays out, he must also deal with a cyclopean being named Hurok (Richard Moll).

The ending to this is quite anticlimactic and disappointing (clearly there were thoughts of making a sequel to this), but getting there provides some degree of fun. If you can turn off your brain for 83 minutes, you should have a good time with this. It never really catches fire (some might even say that it's dull), but helping to give it some visual buzz, other than the 3- D, are the various desert locations and the cinematography by Mac Ahlberg, who shot many movies like this during the 1980s. Byron is a rather colourless lead, and one may wish that the more charismatic Thomerson were in that role instead. Mike Preston is an amusing villain, and Moll likewise has a real presence on screen, as always. The briefly seen Pennell is endearing, and Kelly Preston offers up a lot of spunk as the imperiled girl, who is set to be sacrificed by Jared-Syn to a great big life-giving crystal.

This may not be anything great, but it's not the worst sci-fi adventure you'll ever see, either.

Five out of 10.


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