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Poseidon
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5 years ago By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Wolfgang Petersen

Actors:
Kurt Russell
Josh Lucas
Richard Dreyfuss

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Itís New Years Eve on the huge pleasure ship Poseidon, and everyone getting drunk, partying hard and counting down to the new year when suddenly a 150-foot rogue wave capsizes the ship and provokes a group of passengers to battle their way through the carnage to survive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Hollywood tends to go through phases where they take topics like Volcanoes, Global Disasters, Aliens and in this case boats and then runs with them over and over until we want to drown those responsible. TITANIC was big business and not a bad watch despite a rather long runtime (that said thereís no substitution for Leo and Kate Winsletís fantastic rack). THE PERFECT STORM was another one and a couple honourable mentions would be DEEP BLUE SEA and DEEP RISING. Each had their own take on oceanic disasters but POSEIDON stands proud with the first two in my opinion (and a little more grounded in reality capered to the last two).

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.
THE EXTRAS
Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage: Here we get a look at incredible filmmaking expertise as weíre shown the complexity behind creating a boat this size in a studio. Again, mad props as this looked real as hell to me.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
You might think there isnít much that can happen on a ship to keep you entertained, but when the ship is the size of a five star hotel, on fire, sinking and turned upside down, things tend to get interesting. This is a fun ride, but ultimately renews my fear and respect for 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.
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