Sunday, February 7, 2016

Attack From Beneath, Get Her Darn Bot Back Up

Okay, so this film only received a 1.7/10 rating on IMDB. So maybe it is a cheap rip-off of "Pacific Rim." Made by our friends at Asylum, probably for the Syfy Channel, we look at 2013's "Attack From Beneath," which had an original title of "Atlantic Rim." If you despise made for Syfy Channel films, you are not going to like this one. However, if you are like me, and enjoy those straight-to-DVD quality masterpieces, this work will outshine any of the over-rated bore-athons nominated for Best Picture at next month's Academy Awards.
After two babes in a sub (Jinhi Evans and Sara Bond) are annihilated by a sea monster, Admiral Hadley (Graham Greene) calls in the secret weapon. Huge robots! Yep...think "Pacific Rim." Manned by three cocky, and great looking, operators, these robots will fight the sea creature. Red (David Chokachi), Tracey (Jackie Moore), and Jim (Anthony "Treach" Criss) go looking for this Godzilla wannabe.  When Red chases the thing onto a heavily populated beach, and eventually kills it, there appears to be cause for celebration. Of course, it is never that easy in these types of movies. Another egg hatches, this time a bigger creature is set loose on the Atlantic coast.
NASA and the U.S. Navy run the bot program, and the rivalry is intense. No time for bickering as the new monster attacks the naval base and quickly swims up to New York City. After a renegade commander sends a nuclear force to New York, the Admiral sends his bot teams up there. Jim, Tracey, and Red must do battle with the fiend on the streets of the Big Apple, kill it, all before the USS Virginia nukes Yankee Stadium. So there is the plot in a nutshell. If "Pacific Rim" left you with glaring questions about the other ocean...then this is the film for you.  Our three bot operators are perfect for this film and the interplay between them (in and out of their machines) is terrific. the scenes from New York look oddly like the streets of what! So the bots look like Transformer what! So whole plot devices are stolen from "Pacific Rim," so what!  Big sea monsters...beautiful babes in peril...and lots of huge navy ships...what more do you need?  Where else will you see a submarine thrown at an aircraft carrier? Be overly critical if you must, but for a good time, take in "Attack From Beneath" aka "Atlantic Rim."      

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