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Steel (2015)

Unrated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 17 November 2015 (USA)
Strong emotions - fear and panic, self-search and isolation, love and sex, self-denial and self-discovery - a ride on an emotional roller coaster while trying to find one's way into life.

Director:

Sven J. Matten
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Connell ... Daniel
David Cameron David Cameron ... Alexander
Mimi Kuzyk ... Aunt Margaret
Tamara Gorski ... Barbara
Erik Athavale ... Ralph
Jason Wishnowski ... Ryan Peters
John B. Lowe ... Ned Watson
Sheila Campbell Sheila Campbell ... Attractive Woman
Andrea del Campo ... Daniel's Mother
Chris Sigurdson Chris Sigurdson ... Daniel's Father
Ben Grocholski ... Young Daniel
Maxine Gibson Bruce ... Daniel's Sister
Logan Creran Logan Creran ... Young Friend
Daryl Dorge ... Michael
Tyhr Trubiak ... Rock Star
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Daniel, a successful TV journalist living life in the fast lane, has fallen into a deep depression. His seemingly perfect life suddenly collapses under him when panic attacks force him to deal with himself and his past. Fear, paranoia and desperation appear to get the better of him, people around him are helpless. Daniel, however, won't give up: he tries to recapture what was once his by creating a second identity for himself, young Alexander, with whom he embarks on an extraordinary journey into a painful past. Written by Sven J. Matten

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You Can't Understand The Future Until You Make Peace With The Past

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Very Nice Surprise
23 March 2019 | by breckstewartSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting to like this movie much so the fact that I love it speaks volume. The story pulled me in and even though the plot twist at the end which I won't reveal (spoiled in other reviews anway) isn't as well executed as one might hope, it still took me by surprise and felt satisfying.

The acting by lead actor Chad Connell as Daniel is by far the best aspect as he delivers a solid and restrained, subtle yet effective performance as a tormented gay man trying to come to grips with his reality. The worst aspect is David Cameron as Alexander who gives a jittery and nervous performance often sounding fake and not really convincing yet he doesn't hurt the movie as much as he could have because he has a fair chemistry with Daniel. Yet this makes me wonder how even better the movie could have been with a different actor.

The cinematography, the direction and the editing were all very good and I really liked that they succeed in showing us how Daniel perceives the world by using different technical tricks and just how conflicted the character is with the actor making the pain and confusion palpable. I first wanted to give this 7 stars but had to deduct 1 for the acting of Cameron yet Connell's performance elevates the movie so much that I added back 2 stars for a strong final rating of 8.

This is by no means a perfect movie nor will it entice everyone watching, some might find it too slow and convoluted and yes, there are some scenes that made me cringe (mostly because of the Alexander character) but overall I really enjoyed it. Somehow the story stayed with me which is always a good sign that a movie achieved what it set out to do, entertain yet touch us in a way that might make a difference. Very well done and I highly recommend it.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

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2.35 : 1
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