Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 Disney movie that was not really appreciated in its time, but it has become more beloved as the years went on. This was a bit of a rough period for Disney as they had a few movies that failed to capture people’s attention. This is a sci-fi movie, a first for Disney in this style at the time and it is a movie I have always felt was pretty good.
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The Movie Review
I have always thought that it was pretty cool how Disney released Atlantis and Treasure Planet back to back in 2001 and 2002. Sure, these two movies did not light up the box office, but they are both good. I am really happy that in the last few years, both movies have started to find their audience.
One of the things that I love about Atlantis: The Lost Empire is the opening sequence which is one of the best in a Disney movie! It starts off showing us how Atlantis became the lost city in the ocean and it is pretty awesome stuff. The movie then jumps forward thousands of years later to 1914 and we meet our main protagonist.
The “hero” of this movie is Milo Thatch and he is voiced by Michael J Fox which is awesome. Milo works at the Smithsonian and he has a bit of a wild reputation as he tries to prove the existence of Atlantis. He tries to get funding for an expedition, but he is blown off and he is super disappointed.
However, all is not lost as a friend of his late grandfather, Preston B. Whitmore has all of his grandfather’s old findings and research about Atlantis and offers it to Milo to also fund an expedition to Atlantis. He is part of this rather eclectic crew of people that Whitmore has put together and they head out into the ocean to find Atlantis.
Once the crew arrives at Atlantis, they find a city in ruins and this is where Milo meets Princess Kida. Kida desperately wants to save Atlantis and she enlists Milo to help her. The thing is, Atlantis was once a thriving and technologically advanced city thanks to the power of The Heart of Atlantis, a massive crystal that has since lost its power.
Now, the movie is quite interesting in how it progresses from here. You can pretty much tell right away that a certain member of Milo’s crew is not very good. The real reason for this expedition is not to honor Milo’s grandfather’s legacy, but to get the technology for Preston B. Whitmore.
I did like the twist as to why Atlantis was in the state it was and seeing Milo stand up, be brave, become a hero and fight for the people of Atlantis is cool stuff. I think that Disney did a good job here as part of the plot is predictable, but then it does also have a few surprising twists and turns as it reaches its conclusion.
If you ask me, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a bit of a hidden gem. The thing is, most people who have seen this really like it! It is a good story, one of the better Disney sci-fi movies and I am glad more people are willing to give it a chance these days thanks to Disney Plus. I highly recommend that you check this out.
- It is cool how Michael J Fox is the main character
- This is a fun and exciting sci-fi story
- I love the way Atlantis and the Atlanteans look
- The movie is fun from start to end
- You do see the double cross coming a mile away!
- For as good as the movie looks, the version on Disney Plus feels like it has a kind of dull filter over it