My opinion right after watching the film
My opinion right after watching the film is that I disliked the first film, and in comparison, I have no strong feeling for it one way or another. I do not like or really dislike it, though it is a cheap and contrived effort of creating something for a franchise that clearly needed to die.
All I know about the production of this film is that it was supposed to be a TV show, but after it got cancelled after the poor reception of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and since they already made footage, they collaborated it into this film.
The film starts with Kida (Cree Summer) narrating that they are using the crystal to restore their culture, uncovered mysteries, and thriving off of knowledge. She is somehow married to Milo Thatch (James Arnold Taylor), which I am confused by, since they barely had a relationship in the first film. A bunch of “intruders” (really the crew from the last film) arrive (I thought that they forever blocked the real world to Atlantis.
Here is where it gets shitty. Apparently they are there to get Milo to help them find a mysterious creature named Kraken, who is wrecking havoc on the ships and on land. I guess this is a pathetic copout to get Milo and Kida to leave Atlantis.
Kida is learning a lot more about the human world, which is exciting for her. So they continue look more into this Kraken thing, believing that it had some connection to some Atlantean war. Long story short, they end up going to the sea after some robot woman tells them more about the monster, and they end up defeating Kraken, who was a master, and was a lot deeper than they thought, whatever. Yaaaayyy. Sorry if this review is extremely half assed, and lackluster, but I cannot muster the energy to write a lot about this film. Why does this exist?
Apparently they go to the Southwest, and realize that some coyote spirits are affecting the area. They go to some ancient building, and seeing that it was too clean (like no dust anywhere), meaning that these coyote spirits were at the area. Kida does not understand why certain antiques were protected by the glass (the point of museums), and she sees an antique that reminds her of Atlantis, which she makes. The shop owner Ashton (Thomas F. Wilson) rubs them the wrong way, and they see a bunch of random figures and spirits, which causes a car crash.
So they go home, only for Whitmore (John Mahoney) to tell them that a sphere was stolen form him, and accuses the Norse vikings of stealing it. This was somehow in a book Milo had, which explains that the Norse vikings wanted the sphere to use it to bring back doomsday and end the world in Ragnarock. Kida compares this to her father hiding the crystal in Atlantis, but Milo tells her that the Norse God is not protecting anyone, while her father was protecting everyone. They go to Norway, where Kida is kidnapped because it is easy to tell that she is the daughter of Atlantis (and initially thought that she was his daughter). She ends up stealing the sphere, defeats the god, and decides to combine it with the crystal to lift Atlantis, finally realizing that her father was wrong to hide the crystal from the others. This was decent growth for Kida I guess.
The characters are worse and less memorable than they were in the first film, so….. they were not good whatsoever. All of the side characters were either not memorable, or even more one-note than before.
The score for this film is pretty decent. It is very familiar to the first film, so I do not really have any issue with it. It keeps the wild, adventure-like theme to it.
Reception at Release
The film came out at May 2oth, 2003, and it was only released because it was a scrapped TV show. I ma sure many did not even know enough about the first film for this film to even have much of a reception.
Its reception today is that it is a terrible pilot for a TV show, and a waste of a direct-to-dvd sequel. Otherwise, no oen remembers or cares for it.
19.5/40 = 49%