Like TITANIC the peeps aboard the Poseidon get screwed by nature and or a certain level of incompetence. Not to be picky, but how in the name of Christ do you not see or hear about a tidal wave the size of a damn sky scraper by either radio transmission, satellite tracking or any of the other gizmos they have on a ship that big. That said, the scene where Richard Dreyfuss sees that wave (which nearly eclipses the moon) was money and remains one of my favourite parts. The ship itself was amazingly believable and even the smallest explosion or light flickering was captured perfectly in HD. As for the acting, this really makes me miss Kurt Russell as well as makes me wonder what in hell happened to Josh Lucas.
There was so much intensity as the group moved through the ship that I forgot just how simple the plot was. The great thing about that is it didnít matter, because when a ship that size is turned upside down it just adds so many more obstacles to overcome and made for a fascinating terrain to beat (though I did get DEEP BLUE SEA flashbacks minus the sharks). The claustrophobia end of things reminded me of Slyís underrated DAYLIGHT, and as with DAYLIGHT, I continue to be amazed at what people can do with so little. I was irritated by how the kid suddenly vanishes and then for no apparent reason ends up in a cage with no way out (awful tension builder) only to be rescued at the last minute (also unexplained). Suspension of disbelief is a wonderful thing, but sometimes they just go too far.
POSEIDON is yet another fun popcorn action flick from Director Wolfgang Peterson (TROY, THE PERFECT STORM), a man who knows what heís doing behind the lens. Like the above mentioned boat flicks, you canít sit through this one trying to understand the logic and reasoning behind the decisions being made and or the results of set decisions else youíll find yourself scratching your head in bewilderment. However, if youíre looking for a cool adrenaline ride thatíll keep you on the edge of your seat, this flick is well worth a revisit.
A Shipís Diary: Here we get a look at the difference between what you learn in Film School and what actually happens on the set of a feature film. Itís ridiculous (and easy to forget) how much work goes into a Hollywood film.
Poseidon: Upside Down: Here we explore the challenge of creating sets both upright and upside down. The upside down thing added a special flavour to this film as far as Iím concerned.
2006 History Channel Rogue Waves: The Sinking of Poseidon: This interesting feature explores the mystery and dangers of the real phenomenon surrounding rogue waves. Yet another reason to fear the ocean.
Extra Tidbit: It's because of movies like this one (and DEEP RISING) that I will never take a cruise vacation. I'll stick to land thanks.