The new SyFy film Atomica had been on my radar for quite some time and I was very much looking forward to watching it. The movie stars Tom Sizemore, Sarah Habel, and Dominic Monaghan. The film’s writers include Kevin Burke, Federico Fernandez-Armesto (Screenplay) and Adam Gyngell, Directed by Dagen Merrill.
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 on site.
Atomica has a few things going for it and first and foremost is the lovely premise. I enjoyed the nuclear radioactive waste problem throughout the film, and the fact that a solution had been made was marvelous, for me this is what set it apart from other genre films. The actors and actresses had good performances that carried me through the film especially that of Dominic Monaghan. The other element that worked for the movie was the lack of CGI, some films have way too much of it, and this movie did not have too much, and I was okay with that; however the CGI was not the greatest of quality. Without this uniquely defined premise along with the actors and actresses, I would not have lasted through this film and Atomica would have been classified as just another science fiction film.
With the original title of Deep Burial for a second theatrical release, Atomica is not popular with critics that feel the original title should have been used because Deep Burial describes what the film is, a movie meant for small screen versus the big. I am on the other side of the fence, and overall I felt that SyFy’s Atomica is one of the better films from this studio and took a more serious approach which makes this movie worth checking out. Atomica is set for a St. Patrick’s Day Release on March 17th and will release on March 21st for VOD platforms.