Atlantic Rim (2013) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Atlantic 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

6 thoughts on “Atlantic Rim (2013) – Review

  • August 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Yeah, man, I gotta agree with the other reviewers on here… WTF? I could barely watch this thing, it was so painful. Sure, Graham Green did what he could with what he had to work, and SOME of the effects were not too bad for a low budget flick, with but come on, 3.5 stars??!!
    I also saw the Asylum -produced film “Barrio Brawler” that you reviewed and also gave 3.5 stars to, and that film deserved it! To give them both the same rating just doesn’t sit right with me. This piece deserves 2 stars at most!

  • July 7, 2013 at 7:04 pm


  • July 7, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Really crap ……… WTF.
    One star is too much for this kind of Chea …. t.
    You should allow decimals to be able to classify it.
    I give this “film”: 0.0001.
    To whoever wrote this critique I have one word to say …. “Stop the CRACK …. or try one other job”….. you can also watch the movie.
    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

  • July 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Are you kidding me?? 3.5 stars out of 4 ??
    “the energy never flags and the performances are oddball enough to keep things watchable throughout.” – are you serious???

    Please, tell us, how much were you paid to post this b.s. review?

  • June 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    This sounds awesome. I love Graham Green. Definitely going to have to rent this bad boy!


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