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The Pacific Rim knock-off movie gets a brazenly knocked-off sequel

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Mar 16, 2018, 12:07 PM EDT (Updated)

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is not in theaters yet, but if you simply can't bear to wait for Pacific Rim: Uprising, worry not: Atlantic Rim: Resurrection is here.

Confused? That's exactly what the creators of this thing are hoping for. The movie is courtesy of The Asylum, a company that specializes in cheap knock-offs of blockbuster films that are designed to baffle you into watching them. The scheme works, too — the company has produced over 100 faux films since 1999, including Paranormal Entity and Snakes on a Train. Get it? See, the real movie had snakes on a plane, and this one has them on a train.

The Asylum's B-movie version of Pacific Rim was called, believe it or not, Atlantic Rim. If Pacific Rim warrants a sequel, doesn't Atlantic Rim require the same? Not in the least, but it has one anyway. Take a look at the trailer for Atlantic Rim: Resurrection below:


Who's canceling the apocalypse now? If any part of you is thinking that the special effects look like something out of a Sharknado movie, that would be because that series of films comes from the same source.

While the Sharknado premise is at least an original idea, these knockoffs are almost exact copies of the films they are ripping off, but just different enough that they can't be sued because of it.

If there is anything to be applauded here, it is the sheer audacity of what the company is doing. They know these things are knock-offs, you know they're knock-offs, and they couldn't be more transparent about that if they tried. Chances are decent that Purple Meerkat will be going after some of that Black Panther gold any day now, and we can't wait to visit Phlakanda to see what V'Chuffa has been up to since we last saw him in Corporal USA: Domestic War.

Atlantic Rim: Resurrection is available for streaming now, but you'll have to wait till March 23 for Pacific Rim: Uprising to drop. So tread carefully.