Critics Consensus

This remake of The Poseidon Adventure delivers dazzling special effects. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that any of the budget was left over to devote to the script.



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Set adrift in the vast waters of the North Atlantic for a luxury New Year's Eve party staged in the ship's magnificent ballroom, the massive ocean-liner Poseidon receives an unexpected jolt when a rogue, 100-foot wave rolls it completely upside down, forcing the surviving passengers to fight their way to safety in Das Boot director Wolfgang Petersen's waterlogged blockbuster. Trapped beneath the waterline and implored by the captain to remain in place until a rescue team arrives, the panicked survivors struggle to keep their cool as the water begins to rush in, infernos blaze all around, and a loss of electricity plunges the doomed vessel into total darkness. Seasoned gambler Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas) isn't willing to wage his life on the prompt arrival of help, though, and as he attempts to navigate the treacherous, inverted maze of death, he is flanked by desperate band of like-minded seafarers including eight-year-old Conor (Jimmy Bennett) and his mother, Maggie (Jacinda Barrett), reticent stowaway Elena (Mía Maestro), suicidal Richard (Richard Dreyfus), and concerned father Robert (Kurt Russell), whose missing daughter may still be somewhere onboard along with her frightened fiancé. With a little luck and a little help from onboard waiter Marco (Freddy Rodriguez), the desperate team may just live to see the morning after.

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Kurt Russell
as Robert Ramsey
Josh Lucas
as Dylan Johns
Richard Dreyfuss
as Richard Nelson
Andre Braugher
as Capt. Bradford
Jacinda Barrett
as Maggie James
Emmy Rossum
as Jennifer Ramsey
Kevin Dillon
as Lucky Larry
Mike Vogel
as Christian
Jimmy Bennett
as Conor James
as Gloria
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Chief Officer Reynolds
Gabriel Jarret
as 1st Officer Chapman
Jess G. Henecke
as Security Officer
Jesse Henecke
as Security Officer
Kimberly Patterson
as Poker Dealer
David Dittmer
as Nightclub Hotty
Andy Deal
as Wine Steward
Valerie Azlynn
as Passenger No. 1
Carrie Frymer
as Passenger No. 2
Beverly Overstreet
as Passenger No. 3
Vincent De Paul
as Passenger No. 4
Rachel Vander Woude
as Woman on Cell
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Critic Reviews for Poseidon

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Audience Reviews for Poseidon

  • Jan 01, 2019
    Its trashy in less fun ways then the original. Petersen is so great at staging action, but without a decent script he's completely lost.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2012
    Robert Ramsey: You know, there's nothing fair about who lives and dies. You gave Elena a chance. You gave everybody a chance.  "Mayday" Poseidon is one of those disaster movies that worries about visual effects over actual human interaction or feeling. Most of the movies that fill this genre are like Poseidon in that regard and that's where the problem lies in most of them. So visual effects and big action sequences must take over and propel the movie to watchable in order to find entertainment in it. Movies like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow are examples of disaster movies that work despite not having a great human element involved. Poseidon's cool effects and big water scenes make the movie watchable, but nothing more. A ship is flipped by a huge rouge wave. When the captain of the ship tells everyone to stay in lobby and promises them safety, a small group of passengers rebel and leave the group. They begin to make their way up the ship to the bottom of the ship, which is now the top. Along the way, they have to deal with fires, water, and narrow spaces. It basically winds up being close call after close call, and every once in awhile a character will drop off. The cast isn't too bad here. Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfus, and Emmy Rossum make for decent main characters. The supporting cast that is assembled around them isn't terrible either. The movie isn't really about acting though, it's about the visuals and the visuals don't disappoint. Where the movie disappoints is when the actors actually have to speak to one another and we have to listen to their dumbed down dialogue.  Overall, I'm pretty much indifferent on this one. I don't necessarily like it nor do I dislike it. It's one of those movies where I just can't form a true opinion on it. I realize it's not a great movie, but I also won't blast it like just about every one else. I'm just going to put myself directly in the middle on this one.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2012
    It looks great and the concept is pretty cool (what happens when you turn a massive cruise ship upside down?), but at the end of the day, it's a generic disaster/survival flick. The sequences when the wave hits the ship and it turns upside down is a pretty amazing feat of technology, but after that, the movie sinks. It's just a handful of passengers trying to avoid drowning as they go from one level of the ship to the next. The ending is incredibly predictable. It's not that Poseidon is bad, there's just nothing great about it.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2012
    Poseidon is a high energy action/thriller that's full of adventure. When a rogue wave capsizes a cruise ship a fierce struggle for survival begins. As a disaster film, Poseidon relies heavily on special effects; and the effects are amazing. But the film's not all effects, Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, and Emmy Rossum all deliver solid performances and create interesting, compelling characters that enrich the story. The Poseidon Adventure is a hard film to live up to, but this remake is every bit as suspenseful and thrilling. Poseidon is a fun and exciting film that's entertaining from start to finish.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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