Monday, November 28, 2011

The Raiders of Atlantis (1983)

Director: Ruggero Deodato

Starring: Christopher Connelly, Gioia Scola, Tony King, Stefano Mingardo, Ivan Rassimov, Giancarlo Prati, Bruce Baron, George Hilton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Adventure Beyond the Edge of Time

Plot: A team of scientists working to raise a sunken Russian nuclear submarine on an ocean platform off the coast of Miami, Florida, unearth an ancient Atlantean relic from the sea floor and bring in an expert to make some sense of it. But while attempting to raise the sub, radioactive leakage from its missiles triggers the re-emergence of Atlantis, and the resulting tidal wave destroys the platform and leaves only a small group of survivors. Rescued by two Vietnam vets-turned-heavies who are out relaxing after their latest job, their boat eventually runs aground on a Caribbean island nearby where, upon going ashore, it is discovered that everything has been destroyed and everybody killed. The culprits, a vicious group of well-armed raiders, and their leader, Crystal Skull, are descendants of Atlantis' original race who set about reclaiming the world and adding the survivors to the list of victims as they struggle to stay alive and defeat the raiders and send Atlantis back to the ocean floor.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

#37 on 42nd Street Forever Vol. 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

OK, so a sunken Russian nuclear sub leaks radiation which causes the sunken city of Atlantis to rise after many hundreds of years to wreak havoc on the locals with a motorcycle gang of punks with automatic weapons? Uh, alright. I didn't realize the Atlaneans were THAT far ahead of their time. Whatever. This flick is all over the place. I was confused by that didn't matter 'cause it's still a mildly entertaining movie if and only if you start ripping on it with your friends. Pretty much every major character dies which is pretty sweet. The special effects are corny and if you've ever seen an Italian post-apocalyptic movie from the 1980s then you'll know exactly what to expect by this Italian piece of...something.

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