Atlantic Rim (film)

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Atlantic Rim
Atlantic-Rim-DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Jared Cohn
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Richard Lima
  • Thunder Levin
  • Hank Woon, Jr.
Story by Jared Cohn
Starring
Music by Chris Ridenhour
Cinematography Alexander Yellen
Edited by Rob Pallatina
Production
company
Distributed by The Asylum
Release dates
  • July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$500,000[1]

Atlantic Rim (also known as Attack from Beneath, Attack from the Atlantic Rim and From the Sea) is an American science fiction monster film produced by The Asylum and directed by Jared Cohn. Shot in Pensacola, Florida,[2] the film stars Graham Greene, David Chokachi, Treach and Jackie Moore[1][3][4]

The film was released direct-to-DVD on June 24, 2013 in the United Kingdom,[5] and on July 9 in the United States. In the tradition of The Asylum's catalog, Atlantic Rim is a mockbuster of the Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures film Pacific Rim.[3]

Plot[edit]

Following the mysterious disappearance of an oil rig and a reconnaissance mini-submarine in the Gulf of Mexico, scientist Dr. Margaret Adams (Nicole Dickson) initiates the Armada Program, which consists of giant robots designed for deep sea rescue. The three robots—piloted by Red (David Chokachi), Tracy (Jackie Moore) and Jim (Treach)—dive nearly 800 fathoms to the sea bed, where they not only discover the mangled remains of the oil rig, but encounter the monster that brought it down. Red pursues the monster against orders from Admiral Hadley (Graham Greene), prompting the Admiral to order every naval fleet on the East Coast to converge to the oil rig's site. Red emerges on a beach to warn the bystanders to leave the premises for their safety when he is suddenly attacked from behind by the monster as their fight takes its toll on the city. An F-18 Hornet piloted by Spitfire (Jared Cohn) assists Red in taking the monster down. Red, however, is arrested for disobeying a direct order. He is locked in solitary confinement until he is briefly released by Adm. Hadley and later given a medal of honor for his heroic actions before serving the rest of his confinement.

Later, Adm. Hadley is informed by Sheldon Geise (Steven Marlow) of a top-secret sonar program that discovered the monsters that are hundreds of millions of years old and lay their eggs on a mixture of crude oil and saltwater. Two eggs have been discovered; one of which hatched into the monster that Red and Spitfire killed. Adm. Hadley orders a search for the other egg, but he is too late, as it has already hatched, with the monster destroying a whole naval fleet before wreaking havoc on the city. As the monster attacks the naval base, Tracy and Jim scramble to spring Red out of solitary before they are picked up by Lt. Wexler (Demitrius Stear). Meanwhile, Geise informs Adm. Hadley that the President has authorized a nuclear strike on the monster, but Adm. Hadley refuses that decision and orders everyone to evacuate the base. The monster retreats after a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit drops a payload on it. Adm. Hadley is later informed that another egg has hatched off the Atlantic Coast.

Dr. Adams gives the trio special "halo" headbands that neurally link them to their robots, increasing their reflexes by using their direct body movements instead of joysticks. The system's downside is the pilot feeling pain for every damage the robot takes. After a crash course on the new system, the trio fly their robots to New York City to battle the monster. Following numerous refusals by Adm. Hadley to launch a nuclear strike, Geise orders the USS Virginia to launch a warhead. Red intercepts the missile and jams its frequency, saving the city from a nuclear holocaust. In retaliation, Geise threatens Dr. Adams to shut down the robots, but is quickly subdued by Lt. Wexler, despite shooting the Admiral in the arm. During the battle, Tracy loses consciousness when her neural level goes critical. Jim takes Tracy to safety while Red grabs the warhead and the monster before flying them to the atmosphere. He then kicks the monster to deep space, detonating the warhead in the process and sending him crashing back on Earth. The trio and Adm. Hadley celebrate by heading to the local bar for some tequila shots.

Cast[edit]

  • Graham Greene as Admiral Hadley
  • David Chokachi as Red
  • Treach as Jim
  • Jackie Moore as Tracy
  • Nicole Alexandra Shipley as Stone
  • Jared Cohn as Spitfire
  • Jinhi Evans as Dr. Quinn Baker
  • Steven Marlow as Sheldon Geise
  • Nicole Dickson as Dr. Margaret Adams
  • Demetrius Stear as Lt. Wexler
  • Larry Gamell, Jr. as Smith
  • William Shannon Williams as Capt. Dager
  • Joseph Brown as Motion Capture for Robot, and Paramedic

Production[edit]

Atlantic Rim was originally planned to be shot at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, but The Asylum were denied permission to film at the base after a high-ranking official read the script and disagreed with the portrayal of the soldiers. As a result, the production team relocated to a private helicopter airport that served as a stand-in for at least seven locations for the film. The film's script underwent at least nine rewrites during production due to weather conditions and the last-minute relocation.[1]

Reception[edit]

Dave Pace of Fangoria gave the film two out of four stars, calling it "a testament to why there aren't many live action giant robot vs. monster movies. It's a very difficult thing to do right and keep the audience on your side. ATLANTIC RIM manages to be enjoyable as a bit of a goof and works on the 'so bad it's good' level."[6] Dread Central gave the film three out of five stars, describing it as "the ultimate monster movie about booze-hounding broskis in battle bots saving New York City from a crazy-eyed giant sea beast that frequently appears to be merely a lost animal, confused and irritated that these metal men won't stop hitting it."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Katz, David. "From Asylum, the People Who Brought You (a Movie Kinda Sorta Like) Pacific Rim". GQ. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  2. ^ Vinson, Joe (2013-02-13). "The Asylum Comes to Pensacola". Pensacola Digest. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b Foy, Scott (2013-05-14). "The Asylum's Atlantic Rim Trailer Goes Big with Giant Robots Battling Giant Monsters". Dread Central. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  4. ^ Brown, Renn (2013-05-14). "ATLANTIC RIM Trailer: Forget PACIFIC RIM, Asylum Shows Del Toro How It's Done". CHUD.com. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Atlantic Rim". Play.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  6. ^ Pace, Dave (2013-07-12). "The Asylum's Atlantic Rim (Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  7. ^ Foy, Scott (2013-07-10). "Atlantic Rim (2013) Review". Dread Central. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 

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