STEEL (Theatrical Release USA 1997)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsìììì 

Steel—Shaquill O’Neal film from the 1990 era—has its own brand of ‘cool’ with strong cult classic threads running throughout. This film has good writing and a generally suitable presentation that suits a younger mindset looking for superhero entertainment. It does not meet the gold standards of the DC or Marvel stories but still manages to be a somewhat fun watch. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


When a new weapons test goes wrong, a man leaves military for his own reason and finds that his weapon has gotten in to the hand of thugs in his hometown. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Kenneth Johnson for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Leonard Armato, Bruce Binkow, and Shaquille O’Neal, Cast includes Shaquille O’Neal, Annabeth Gish, Judd Nelson, Richard Roundtree, Irma P. Hall, Ray J, Charles Napier, Kerrie Keane, Eric Pierpoint, Tembi Locke, and Thom Barry. 

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?   

Maybe. Sometimes its just a good thing to engage with a film that one knows is going to border more on a cult classic piece of entertainment rather than a solid realism that needs to underlie most superhero movies. This one performs exactly within its expected range but is not as bad as the Fantastic Four in storyline. 

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Ben Meyers

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