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Atlantic Rim (also known as Attack from Beneath) is a 2013 film by The Asylum that (mostly) rips off Pacific Rim.

In the movie, giant monsters begin hatching from eggs in the sea and start attacking the East Coast of the United States, forcing the Navy to use the Humongous Mecha they created (as part of a secret deep-sea rescue program) to combat them.

It was featured in an episode of Season 12 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and at time of 'airing', stands as the most recent film the show's ever covered.

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Atlantic Rim provides examples of:

  • Arrested for Heroism: Red is arrested for disobeying orders even after helping kill the first monster. The rest of the unit is not, despite the fact that they also disobeyed the same orders, they just were close enough in that they could be forced to obey them.
  • Artistic License – Military: It's painfully clear that no one at The Asylum has even basic military knowledge and didn't go to any lengths for realism. To wit...
    • When we see a line of five soldiers preparing to fire on the kaiju, a close-up shows that one of them is a woman wearing a nose ring.
    • Also, Geise, who is wearing a Captain's insignia on his collar, claims to be privy to things above an Admiral's pay grade. And not just above, but "way" above.
    • Speaking of Geise, see the point raised at A Nuclear Error, below.
    • For that matter, Admiral Hadley is wearing three stars on his collar, meaning he's not an Admiral, he's a Vice Admiral.
    • Jim, Red, and Tracy are seen cheering "Hoo-ah!" which is an Army thing, not Navy.
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  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Admiral Hadley.
  • Blood Knight: Geise, who was obsessed with nuking the monsters. Weirdly specifically obsessed with it; the fact that the first few attacks were defeated with conventional weapons and that the robots are winning the final battle absolutely enrages him. Why he thinks the monster would kill more people than nuking New York City is not at all clear, except that the film seems to think it needs a human villain. They could at least have tried to Hand Wave it as his holding a grudge against the hero(es), or having a vested interest in seeing the mech project fail.
  • Brick Joke: Near the beginning of the movie, Admiral Hadley is shown a Youtube video about the monster attack by one of his subordinates and chews the man out, calling him "worse than my grandkids." At the end of the movie Hadley is seen filming the wreckage of the bots on his phone, presumably intending to upload the footage to Youtube.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each of the three mech pilots has their own color motif.
  • Commander Contrarian: Geise serves this role as Admiral Hadley's advisor. Hadley specifically asks for Geise to be called in, then spends the rest of the film ignoring what the man has to say. Admittedly, rightly so; but you wonder why he was called in at all.
  • Covers Always Lie: Those tentacles on the cover (above) never appear in the movie. The kaiju is more dinosaur-like and doesn't have any cephalopod features.
  • Dull Surprise: Graham Greene never changes his facial expression, whether complaining about not following orders, yelling at a subordinate or getting shot.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Tracy and Red are introduced getting drunk at a street festival and then picking a pointless fight with two random hooligans to establish them as irreverent badasses.
  • Faux Action Girl: Tracy, the only female mech pilot, is established to be a tough Action Girl yet needs to be saved twice by her male comrades.
  • Jerkass: Red is a complete prick to everyone, especially his supposed friends Tracy and Jim. It's not at all clear why they even hang out with him off-duty; they don't seem to actually like him. He also seems completely unaffected by the many, many civilians he accidentally kills in the first fight.
  • Just a Flesh Wound: In the climax of the film, Admiral Hadley is shot in the arm, which he brushes off as just a flesh wound. In the final scene, his wound is gone and he's happily fist-bumping the mech pilots without difficulty.
  • Just Plane Wrong: When Spitfire comes in, anything resembling realism leaves the scene. He is obviously filming in a helicopter cockpit. His plane is a stock-footage F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in the takeoff and any scene where it's not interacting with anything else (likely because the production company couldn't obtain any Stock Footage of Super Hornets shooting at anything to use). In close-ups and scenes where it's firing weapons, it changes to a very obvious CGI F-22 Raptor. Its missiles are generic CGI missile assets that don't move like they have mass, and it's firing .50 calibre machine guns (both the F/A-18 and F-22, like nearly every U.S. jet fighter built in the last 50 years, use the 20mm M61 Vulcan gatling cannon. The one exception, the F-35 Lightning II, uses the 25mm GAU-22/A).
  • Kaiju: Of unexplained origin other than being "millions of years old."
  • Large Ham: Geise and Red. Geise seems to have only one emotion: rage.
  • Love Triangle: Between Red, Tracy, and Jim. It's more a friends thing though. When Red is told by Tracy and Jim that they kissed once, Red is RELIEVED, saying that they survived a robot fight and a kiss was only just a kiss.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Margaret Adams can be considered a (mild) female example.
  • The Mockbuster: This movie is one for Pacific Rim. The monsters attack New York City. Its page on amazon.co.uk has a note saying "Were you looking for Pacific Rim? Click here to be notified when the real thing is released." But in rather more official language.
  • A Nuclear Error: Colonel Geise is able to go behind the Admiral's back to pass on an order to nuke Manhattan to a missile submarine, who obeys it immediately instead of asking for confirmation. And after Hadley finds out about it, he doesn't immediately have Geise arrested.
  • Real Robot: For the most part, though they start getting more Super Robot-like towards the end.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: First Red disobeys Hadley to go after the first monster; later Hadley himself refuses to accept the President's order to nuke New York.
  • Shout-Out: The ending is straight out of The Avengers (2012).
  • Take Our Word for It: The three mech pilots survey the underwater wreckage left by the kaiju, and all agree it's like nothing they've ever seen before. It's also like nothing the audience has ever seen, just because the audience never gets to see it.
  • Technobabble: When the divers are first examining the oil rig wreckage one of the base techs suggests that it was destroyed by unspecified "underwater phenomena". Hadley instantly calls him on how unhelpful that is.
  • Unfortunate Name: Its pretty easy to understand why Captain Sheldon Geise chooses to go by his last name. The Admiral is happy to oblige, at least until Geise goes nuts and pulls a gun on him, at which point Admiral Hadley starts using his first name to taunt him.

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