Atomica Synopsis: In the near future, when communications go offline at a remote nuclear power plant isolated in the desert, a young safety inspector, Abby Dixon, is forced to fly out to bring them back online. Once inside the facility, mysterious clues and strange behaviors cause Abby to have doubts about the sanity, and perhaps identities, of the two employees onsite.
Tagline: Earth needs a hero.
Release Date: March 17th, 2017 | Runtime: 81 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Disclaimer: I received a free press-screening of this movie through a publicity company. This does not impact my review.
Atomica greatly exceeded my expectations. It’s a sci-fi thriller with characters that keep your attention glued to the screen. The sets are fairly simple, the tech (except for a cool ‘helicopter’ thing in the beginning) is nothing we haven’t seen before, but Atomica does not have a ‘low-budget’ feel. Instead, it’s well-written, well-directed, and the actors do a great job of bringing their characters to life.
Dominic Monaghan steals the show in Atomica, making Sarah Habel’s straight-laced character fade into the background. There is one particular scene in which he details an escapade from a previous job that had me in stitches. Shades of the light-hearted Merry bleed through in the ridiculous story he spins. It’s hard to pin down exactly what is going on with him, but with the reveal at the end everything makes sense.
Dr. Zek, played Tom Sizemore, doesn’t come on screen in Atomica until about halfway through, I had no problem immediately pegging his character for what he was. Sarah Habel has the unfortunate role of the impressionable young tech with little real-world experience, and no real personality to speak of. She plays her role well and provides a good foil for the other actor’s charisma, but is ultimately forgettable.
The plot kept me interested. There were just enough twists to the story that I wasn’t sure how things were going to end.
Dagen Merrill guides Atomica through its paces with a sure hand. He has an eye for color, shots, and drama which serve the movie well. Monaghan and Sizemore’s talent and experience are allowed to truly shine under his hand.
Overall, Atomica caught me by surprise and delighted me. I actually viewed the movie more than once before I wrote up the review and my initial high opinion never changed. A solid job by a talented crew makes Atomica a movie that deserves your attention. It won’t disappoint.