Review of Atlantis Interceptors (1983)
Seen in 2023.
In 1994 Miami, two violent mercenary buddies are embroiled in the rise of Atlantis.
The opening scenes are beautifully kitschy: A shaky helicopter shot of Miami to the credits, set to a funky theme, then a moronic, silent infiltration of a Roman-style villa. The bulk of the movie, however, is a series of battles in the style of The Warriors (1979) and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), with a minimal budget, no plot to speak of, and silly futuristic fairings on the vehicles. The gun battles are tiresome, despite the main villain wearing a transparent plastic skull for a helmet. The skull helmet alludes to crystal skulls, fake artifacts associated with pre-Columbian myth, connected here to Atlantis. Prefer the puppetry of Warlords of Atlantis (1978).
References here: Spriggan (2022).