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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 missles 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 Vietnamvets-turned-heavies who are out relaxing after their latest job, their boat eventually runs aground on a Carribean 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. Written by
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The Italian film industry was really booming in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. During this period some of the best and worst of Italian cinema was made, and everything in between. One film trend that was pretty lucrative at the time was imitations of successful films from other countries. George Romero's zombie films were very popular overseas and many filmmakers at the time wanted to cash in. This was also the case with George Miller's cult 'Mad Max' series, which have been ripped off in countless films. Some of them are unwatchable junk that deserve to be forgotten, but there are some exceptions. Take this little known number from the director of 'Cannibal Holocaust,' one of the most controversial films of all time. It offers very little in the way of novelty, but is a deliriously entertaining 90 minutes that is a must see for b movie and Action buffs alike.
Pros: Cast is game. Exciting score and a wonderfully 80s theme song. Lots of beautiful, lush scenery. Moves along at a fast pace. Lots of cheesy goodness. Cool production and costume designs. Plenty of fun action sequences.
Cons: Wafer thin plot. Derivative of other, better films. Most of the effects are cheap looking, even for the time. Some choppy editing. An abundance of plot holes.
Final thoughts: It may be dumb and cheesy in the extreme, but 'Raiders of Atlantis' is undeniably fun. Just about everything a fan of these types of films could ask for is here. Ruggero Deodato has done better, but his first Action effort is a solid one and further proof that he is one of the kings of great trash cinema. Not yet available on DVD, but well worth searching for on VHS.
My rating: 3.5/5
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