THE PRETEXT FOR THE CALL TO WAR - THE ENTIRE PREMISE FOR ACTION - IS BEYOND FEEBLE
Speeding up ahead in our sneak peel for our unregistered members, another plot weakness creeps in on the viewer as we watch the wheels turn and King Orm aligns his friends and foes for battle. What is so interesting is that the entire catalyst for convincing the other kingdoms to stand with him was a singular attack from a submarine, which pushed the kings’ buttons and united them with King Orm in their impatience with the Human world. But the rebuttal of Arthur falls on deaf ears when he tells his friends that the world above could not have orchestrated the attack by the submarine since the world above believes Atlantis to be a fairy tale.
Only after the first wave attack on the Eastern seabord do some media analysts conjecture an attack from Atlanteans and Atlantis. Neither Princess Mera nor her father, the highly cynical King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren of Rocky IV fame), think once about the merits of Arthur’s protests or the fact the surface world commands fleets of nuclear and utterly devastating submarines none of which are anywhere in the vicinity of Atlantis.
I mean for Oscars’ sake, the submarine that attacked King Orm and his entourage used conventional torpedoes but a real attack from the surface would have involved nuclear missiles and all of Atlantis could have been leveled in a single strike.
And according to the story, Atlanteans have been closely monitoring the surface world so the moviegoer would surmise they would know of nuclear weapons and nuclear warfare.
The excuse King Orm uses to marshal the kingdoms to war does not speak well for the realism of the story or the supposed wisdom of the leaders of Atlantis and their abilities to surmise a ploy and a conspiracy. All the millions of dollars in CGI and sets, costumes and skilled actors are expended to weave a realistic world and a realistic dilemma for the audience to root for the heroes and enjoy the adventure but not an ounce of realism inhabits the minds of the leaders who simply march lock step into battle after a single encounter with a lone submarine?!
The storywriters did not do their homework and this plot hole is huge given the premise that Atlantis is composed of several kingdoms with several kings who mistrust each other and always suspect any one amongst them might attempt to usurp power for themselves.
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