Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Steel Dawn

Set in a post-apocalyptic future where water is the most precious resource, 1987's Steel Dawn stars Patrick Swayze as a former soldier turned nameless traveler, credited only as "Nomad," whose search for the killer (Christopher Neame) of his mentor (John Fujioka) leads him to a farm run by a widow (Lisa Niemi) under attack by a ruthless nearby landowner (Anthony Zerbe).

Steel Dawn offers your basic western plot (borrowing more than a little from Shane, complete with a young boy taking a shine to our hero) with a modest amount of sci-fi trappings featuring weird mutants in the desert wasteland and struggle over scant resources. Re-released on Blu-ray, the film is at most a curiosity for Swayze fans and holds little other actual value other than the extended fight between our hero and the assassin.

[Lionsgate, $17.99]

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