3 1/2 StarsAtlantic Rim is the movie that The Asylum has been building up to for over ten years now. Latching onto the marketing hype and great early pre-release buzz associated with the big-budget theatrical release Pacific Rim, this mock-buster is the perfect film for the company. It gives them a blatant reason to compile all the stock footage accumulated over their recent naval/monster/sci-fi outings and combine them into one picture.
An oil tanker has mysteriously disappeared from plain sight, so a group of deep-sea divers has been called in to search for the wreckage on the Ocean’s floor. These aren’t just any divers, this trio (David Chokachi, Jackie Moore, Anthony ‘Treach’ Criss) is specially trained to operate a skyscraper sized robot that can with stand the pressure of 800 leagues depth. While prowling for the vessel, the group is confronted by an equally sized sea monster intent on devouring the rescue team. Luckily intoxicated free-spirit Red (David Chokachi) disobeys a direct order from a superior officer and kills one of the beasts before it can reach the beaches.
Hailed for his heroism, but jailed for insubordination Red becomes something of a maverick-type figure. A rebellious cock-sure leader with very apparent flaws. Back at the pentagon, Admiral Hadley (Graham Greene) is made aware that a scientific discovery has unveiled the existence of large eggs in the ocean waiting to hatch those awful creatures.
Atlantic Rim does a great job keeping the story moving along. Most films of the ilk get soggy in the second act, when writers have to stretch scenes to fit feature-length running-time requirements. That isn’t a problem here, the energy never flags and the performances are oddball enough to keep things watchable throughout. Maybe the rising wave and acceptance of Mockbusters has forced The Asylum to raise their game, whatever the case maybe; mission accomplished.
Director Jared Cohn
Stars: David Chokachi, Jackie Moore, Anthony ‘Treach’ Criss