here, you die"
It's New Years Eve on the cruise ship Poseidon but as the
passengers and crew celebrate, a giant rouge wave is heading towards the
ship. As party continues the bridge crew frantically try to turn the ship
into the wave but they are too late and the wave hits with disastrous results.
With the ship know upside down and slowly sinking, passenger Dylan Johns
(Lucas) comes up with a plan to escape to the surface, against the advice
of the captain but as he leads a group of survivors out of the ballroom,
they realise that they face a race against time to make it out alive.
Hollywood continues to ride the wave of remakes and sequels,
letting those small ships of originality pass by but they can they bring
anything new to a disaster movie classic?
In 1972 Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Roddy McDowall and
Shelley Winters battled to survive in the 'Poseidon Adventure' and created
an Oscar nominated classic of the genre but as original ideas become washed
away by the wave of sequels and remakes, Hollywood thought it was a good
time to raise the Poseidon from the depths again. The problem is that this
is a movie that really didn't really need to be remade.
Director Wolfgang Petersen completes what some are called
his sea trilogy. After the astounding 'Das Boot' and mediocre 'The Perfect
Storm', the German director returns to the water again but instead of firing
off another torpedo or drowning without a trace, he creates a tension filled,
roller coaster of a movie that will have you on the edge seat as soon as
the wave hits.
The production design and the visual effects are quite simply
stunning, conveying all the grandeur and scope of the ship in both its pre
and post disaster forms. The scene as the wave hits and disaster strikes
will have you jaw hitting the floor as a relentless wave of water crashes
through the ship leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. Petersen and
his creative team are merciless in their portrayal of the disaster, killing
hundreds of people in a matter of minutes and not just with crashing waves
of water. After the wave hits Poseidon itself becomes the threat, the monster
trying to cling to life and taking everyone with it. As the ship implodes
under the pressure of the relentless ocean and the exploding fires from
within the vessel itself, each compartment, galley or room becomes a potential
death trap, meaning each turn could become their last. The sets convey this
sense of foreboding, as the ship becomes more and more dangerous and the
visual and practical effects work makes Poseidon as dangerous as it needs
As with most disaster films the cast are second-class citizens
to the disaster. None of the characters have any development time or a chance
to establish anything about their backstories except from the most basic
of relationships or the just something to establish the type of person they
are. Ex-Mayor and former fireman Robert Ramsey, played by Kurt Russell and
his daughter Jennifer (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel),
have an over protective father/daughter relationship storyline. Josh Lucas
plays the loner, gambler Dylan Johns who becomes the hero. Richard Dreyfuss
is the recently dumped Nelson, who fines a new least for life when faced
with certain death. Jacinda Barrett plays young, single mother Maggie James,
who you really have to wonder why she is on the ship and Mía Maestro plays
stowaway Elena. Each of the characters never really gets much development
but this means that any one of them can be killed off at any time.
'Poseidon' is your typical, all action blockbuster that will
entertain you as soon as the wave hits. The tension and sense of foreboding
the film projects will have you on the edge of your seat throughout, as
death and disaster engulfs you for the duration of the entire movie. The
only question you will be asking yourself however, why did they need to
remake something that already did all this anyway.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Poseidon: A Ship on a Sound Stage (22.42 mins)
Director Wolfgang Petersen, producers Akiva Goldsman, Mike Fleiss and
Duncan Henderson, writer Mark Protosevich, co-producer Todd Arnow, associate
producer Barbara Huber, visual effects supervisor Boyd Shermis, director
of photography John Seale and stars Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard
Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Emmy Rossum, Mía Maestro, Jimmy Bennett, Kevin
Dillon and Mike Vogel come together to take you behind the scenes of the
new 'Poseidon' adventure. Here we discover how director Wolfgang Petersen
completes his water trilogy (Das Boot, The Perfect Storm) and the reasons
why the film was due for a remake. We also here about the real phenomenon
of 'rouge waves' and how the Poseidon luxury liner was created using massive
sets and gallons and gallons of water.
Theatrical Trailer (1.37 mins)
View the preview that ran in cinemas prior to the film's release.
While the featurette is fine, only having this and a trailer means this
is a very disappointing DVD for fans of the film. What is frustrating
is that the North American version has a second disc filled with bonus
feature but the Region 2 release only has one, short featurette, making
this a very average release.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
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