31st Jan2020

‘Atomic Apocalypse’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Krista DeMille, Andrea Sweeney-Blanco, Jesús Lloveras, William Mark McCullough, Ron Roggé, Christina DeRosa, Neil Dickson, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Lex Anastasia, Andrea R. Baker, Cory Birkenbuel, Ryder Kole Emerson, Nicholas Fabrio, Ice Fox, Randy Granstrom | Written and Directed by Martin Gooch

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Previously named Black Flowers (the title under which it screened at Sci-Fi London a couple of years ago), the newly titled Atomic Apocalypse, directed and written by Martin Gooch (The Gatehouse), is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction film set in the broken terrain of North America.

Atomic Apocalypse follows a family on their journey to survive the harsh new world they find themselves in. The lead performance comes from Krista DeMille (Distance) as Kate, who, along with her husband Sam, played by Ron Rogge (Stranger Things) and daughter Suzy (Andrea Sweeney), find themselves in trouble when Sam is injured by a run-in with a gang of bandits (I mean, this wouldn’t be a post-apocalyptic film without gangs of violent bandits, would it?). They meet Joe, who joins them on their travels. When Kate loses Sam, she follows Joe, who has a map that he says will lead them to a nuclear bunker that is said to contain a whole load of supplies. I won’t go further into the plot, because it would spoil things, but in a nutshell, it’s a story of survival, with a female protagonist at the helm, as she tries to keep her head above the water in a drowning mess of a planet.

The performances are a mixed bag, with some being passable, others pretty abysmal, and a couple being pretty decent, including that of DeMille, who does a good job at leading the charge, though the dialogue and decisions her character, Kate, makes along the way are often curious and questionable. Aside from performance gripes, there are some audio troubles to be found here, issues that were too tough to ignore and made me feel like surely there were ways to make the conversations sound better at times. It’s odd. Still, there are things to like here, especially if you’re a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre of film, which I am. There’s the wasteland, there are vicious killer bandits, cults, gas-masks, glimpses at the not-so-distant perfect past, and political winks, and those things kept me entertained.

Atomic Apocalypse is not the kind of film I find easy to recommend because of it’s obvious and difficult to ignore flaws, but it is entertaining and does a decent job at conveying the spirit made famous by the likes of Mad Max and the ilk. Worth a shot if you’re in the mood for some ragged ruthless road trip shenanigans in the heart of a destroyed America.

** 2/5

Atomic Apocalypse is released on DVD on February 21st, courtesy of High Octane Pictures.

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