Metal Shifters (2011) (aka: Iron Golem) Kavan Smith, Colby Johannson, Nicole de Boer, Merritt Patterson, Jesse Moss, Donnelly Rhodes, Don Thompson, Paul McGillion Movie Review

Metal Shifters (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Kavan Smith in Metal Shifters (2011) (aka: Iron Golem)

That's The Spirit

When some thing crashes through a Russian satellite, fragments of the satellite come crashing down to Earth. Brothers, Jake (Kavan Smith - Growing the Big One) and Ethan (Colby Johannson - NYC: Tornado Terror), come across the wreckage and take what they think is scrap metal to Earl (Donnelly Rhodes - Marley & Me: The Puppy Years), a scrap dealer, unaware that in the metal contains alien bacteria. This bacterial life form takes over an Iron Golem which Earl has built and it goes on a rampage through the town, killing everything which it comes across including Ethan. With Jake having seen what happened he tries to convince others but no one believes him.

Back in 1958 Steve McQueen starred as a teen in "The Blob" where he found himself dealing with an alien life form which destroyed everything in its path. It seems in 53 years little has changed as in "Metal Shifters", which goes by a few other names such as "Iron Golem", we have a young man having to deal with another alien life form threatening a small town in America. Except the threat isn't from a blob but a green bacteria which takes control of metal, in particular a scrap metal sculpture of an iron man, and is in search for humans as it feeds on the iron in people's blood. Yes we are talking ridiculously far fetched here.

Now I am genuinely searching for something in "Metal Shifters" to praise and I am coming up very short as iron filings in green paint manipulated by a magnet is not a great effect nor are the effects when it comes to the iron statue moving under its own steam. Combine that with some bad dialogue along with some fear of Russian stuff going on which I presume was meant to be funny and I am sorry "but Metal Shifters" really offers very little. And if you do watch wait until you get to the end and the discovery when it comes to how to defeat alien bacteria.

What this all boils down to is that is "Metal Shifters" is just a variation on a storyline which has been around for at least the last 50 years. The best I can come up with is that it isn't the worst movie I have ever watched with camera work which is not completely abysmal.