As much as I hate to admit this, Steel Dawn is really a rather average Mad Max clone, offering nothing really new to the post apocalyptic genre except a really good cast attempting to give the rather mediocre material a boost. First off, I've got to state that I first saw this movie before Mad Max 2 - Road Warrior, what is, indeed, very important for the final rating of it. The derivative plot is simple and paper-thin leaving no cliché left unturned. Recap: In a barren post-apocalyptic world a few struggling farmers try to make ends meet. Swayze's enigmatic warrior, called Nomad, has a 'steely' resolve and is equipped with the physical presence needed to fulfill the required Mel Gibson look. Plus the friendship growing between Swayze and Tark. Swazye plays a nomad the man with no name , who after a tangle with some strange human like creatures of the waste lands, runs into his old mentor on the way to the pub.
This is a quiet flick, a good one to watch on a lazy weekend afternoon. The choreography of the action is very good and Swayze truly has the grace of a dancer in his hand-to-hand combat. It had many of the same elements like a lone stranger comes to town and battles the evil doers who would harm the innocent farmers. Post apocalyptic Swayze fight scenes: Genius is the new name of the person who came up with the idea of hiring Swayze's dance instructor to teach him how to fight. Throw in a sword and some odd vehicles and you're clearly set in the future ironic about the sword, isn't it? Bad-guys - a powerful landowner and his cronies - try to monopolize the precious local water supplies by bullying, kidnapping and even murdering citizens. While unworthy of an Academy Award, it is a fun movie that provides the kind of entertainment you expect from a modern swashbuckler.
Overall though, the movie was one big advertisement for things to come, which did not work with Marvel's Age of Ultron, and you would think that with an extra year that Synder would have taken a look at that and made some changes. The only real thing I didn't like was the end. He now roams alone in the sandy wastelands, still wearing his tired uniform with pride. In this world the lone Nomad wanders, armed with his sword, fighting sand raiders and meeting up with friends in the rare taverns around. Across from him was his real life wife Lisa Niemi Swayze. Anthony Zerbe is the main enemy As Damnneal.
There are some good props like the windracer vehicles that are powered by sail and the long sword and knife fight at Damnil's settlement is very exciting and well handled -not to mention very graphic. Interesting enough though, there is no weapon used save non projectile weapons. Christopher Neame brings a likeable side to his fallen warrior turned assassin, Sho. I hope this doesn't stall things. To be a great Cheese movie in my eyes a movie needs 3 things that all great cheesy movies must have. The cameos were cool, Affleck killed it as Batman, and Wonder Woman was solid.
If you don't consider yourself belonging to one of those groups I doubt that you will find Steel Dawn to your liking. From this point of view, the production succeeded in making the movie they wanted to do. The story takes place in some future where the land seems more desert than anything else; and therefore, water is an important commodity. Swayze shares the screen with his real life wife Lisa Niemi and Anthony Zerbe. This Mad Max-esque film does have a view things going for it. It's not trying to be flashy, it's not trying to be epic, nor is it trying to be something it's not. But, in all honesty, this tale goes through the motions, never quite rising above other Mad Max imitations that existed around the same time.
It's nothing special, but you won't regret giving it a try. Come to think of it, all the acting is weak, and the movie has one of the weakest story-lines ever. Husband and wife Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi stars in this movie, and does it well considering the story they have to work with. In comes Patrick Swayze who plays a former soldier who comes to the valley to exact revenge on those who killed his former comrade. He comes across a small community town Meridian, that's in need of a peace-keeper, as a tyrant and his gang fight for the rights of the local water source. They also starred along side one another in The Last Dance Lisa Niemi wrote for stage.
This is not an example of cinematic magic. . Fortunately, Patrick Swayze made a few really good films before his tragic and untimely death. And, unlike others that I bought and only watched once, this is up for repeat viewings. Comments: A classic sci-fi action made out of the eighties. But bad child acting just means you now have a reason to root for the bad guys.
Theme Song for this movie: Australian composer Brian May not the one from Queen did the music for the post-apocalyptic Steel Dawn. The outline plot may be too strong a word of this movie is set in the future when water is scarce, and civilization is a dusty one-bar town. When a mob, led by the evil Damnil Anthony Zerbe , takes over the town's supply, the good people fight back by hiring Nomad Patrick Swayze. The movie features Damnil Anthony Zerbe , a local landowner, who along with his murderous gang, is trying to take over Meridian's water supply. It is in many ways though a fun film, silly and enjoyable , with out a doubt oh so cheesy. But, in all honesty, this tale goes through the motions, never quite rising above other Mad Max imitations that existed around the same time. The outline plot may be too strong a word of this movie is set in the future when water is scarce, and civilization is a dusty one-bar town.
They clearly have an easy demeanor around one another that makes their scenes memorable. But the one thing I wanted to state is that this is, in my opinion, much more interesting and funny than Dirty Dancing. But finally this is movie is only for two different groups of people, those who are either fan of the genre, the post-apocalyptic science-fiction movie, or fan of Patrick Swayze. Beneath her property in a cave lies a springfed pool of water. With Steel Dawn Swayze's Nomad character roams the dessert, standing on his post apocalyptic head and meditating, and of course fighting post apocalyptic sand people. This is a movie I am very familiar with.