Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet – “Atlantic Rim” (2018)

“Atlantic Rim” is the type of movie that’s genuinely terrible… but I’m not convinced that it’s fun-bad. Of course, it’s a bargain-basement rip-off of “Pacific Rim,” but its special effects are worse than an old episode of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” It’s funny for a few scenes before it becomes repetitive, and the human drama surrounding the movie’s plot is barely worth paying attention to. Luckily, the MST3K gang knows just how to make the movie at least temporarily palatable, even if the episode runs out of steam before the end. The movie itself is so tiresome that it’s fairly impossible to make anything particularly energetic about the whole thing, but the MST3K wrap-around storyline and writing are entertaining.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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