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.
Saw it again! Good Movie. Very fun and thrilling movie meant to be watch and enjoyed. Very beautiful woman in this film too.
It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers & crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' on the open sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean! A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancee--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets off through the disorienting maze of twisted steel in the upside-down wreckage. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water each must draw on skills and strengths they didn't even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for each other.
Once again, I've got to remind you all of my dislike about remakes. 'Poseidon' is a remake of a film conveniently called 'Poseidon Adventure' from '72. The original may have had some "adventure" in it but this film made by Wolfgang Petersen, who's work can be very uneven, is nothing short of a disaster. But then again, the film does belong to the disaster genre.
First of all, the original wasn't that spectacular so why do it all over? There's really nothing new that can be said or made about boats getting in to shitty situations. 'Titanic' did it all very well, not that I consider it to be a masterpiece, but 'Poseidon' is so full of clichés that I find nothing of interest in it. Even clichés can be made in an interesting way but the only REALLY interesting thing about this all is to know where did all the money go? The production budget was an amazing 160 million USD's! My God...
Another thing is the cast. If you want to get the audience to watch a summer disaster, blockbuster, whatever you wanna call it, I'd assemble together a better cast then the one in 'Poseidon'. Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss and Josh Lucas are more or less well known names but they aren't so called "A-list stars". Dreyfuss was on the top of his game in the 70's and 80's and is a respectable actor, but I'd prefer if he'd decided to sit this one out...
So what do we get for 160 million? A lame, unsurprising script, an OK cast, a dead Black Eyed Pea and decent effects. Worth it all? Hell no. A film that should not have been made.
Suprisingly enough, there were very few annoying characters in it, (which most movies of this genre seem to have a lot of; Yknow, to get the audiences emotions all rilled up, like, damn that bastard! lol!)
Anyway, I thought that kid (Jimmy Bennet) did very good acting!
The story actually came from a novel by Paul William Gallico in 1969.
Havent seen the first film (The Poseideon Adventure - 1972), maybe Ill try to watch that as well, but for this movie alone, I found it to be AWESOME!
Dont really care what others had to say, I found it good and thrilling, had me hooked every step of the way!
Tight gripping! Dont forget to breathe! *2 thumbs up!*