This one deviates a little from the other early-to-mid eighties post apocalyptic action films. Not only is this one directed by the notorious Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, The New York Ripper, House On The Edge Of The Park), but isnt set in a post apocalyptic world. The film does, however, borrow heavily stylistically from Mad Max II & John Carpenters ‘Escape From New York’, as well as from Italian films such as ‘The New Barbarians’ (aka ‘I Nuovi Barbari’).
It starts of with a team of scientists off the coast of Miami working to raise a sunken Russian nuclear submarine from the ocean bed. In the process of doing this they disturb and discover an ancient Atlantean relic from the sea floor and bring in an expert to analyse of it. However, during their attempts to raise the submarine off the ocean fllor, radioactive material leaks from its missile warheads and triggers the re-emergence of the lost civilisation of Atlantis. The resulting tidal wave destroys the platform and leaves a handful of survivors. They (the survivors) are rescued by two Vietnam vets-turned-heavies who are out relaxing after their latest job. The boat eventually runs aground on a Carribean island nearby and upon going ashore it is discovered that the island is devastated and its inhabitants wiped out. The aggressors are a vicious group of well-armed raiders led by ‘Crystal Skull’ and are the descendants of Atlantis’ original race. Their motivation is to set about reclaiming the world and adding the scientists who survived the tidal wave to the list of victims. For those survivors it is a fight for survival as they struggle to stay alive and defeat the raiders and send Atlantis back to the ocean floor.
This is another film where the promise of the poster art far exceeds the budget! Great artwork, DYNAMIC and EXCITING!!
Here is the trailer for the film;