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Poseidon (SE)
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Aug 22, 2006 By: Matt Hosack
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Director:
Wolfgang Petersen

Actors:
Kurt Russell
Richard Dreyfuss
Josh Lucas

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
One night on New Years Eve, a rogue wave (which is apparently common) turns the large ship of Poseidon and its passengers upside down. A small band of survivors led by the badass Kurt Russell spend the night trying to get to the surface. Theyll have to face their fears of fire, water, steel, and drowning to make it through. The result is an intense remake of a campy 70s disaster classic.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I rather enjoyed myself and was entertained from start to finish with this taught yet unnecessary remake. WHY - Yes, I was entertained but for the record, we didnt need this remake and No, it isnt as good as the original. What separates the original from the new version is the new one sheds the campy storylines and characters and just propels you on a nonstop intense hold-your-breath thrill ride, hardly ever stopping for a breather. I have to say, when I saw it in the theater, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the film. Its all very visceral. People get impaled, burned, drowned, etc and its all intense. One scene involves our band crawling in a small air vent thats quickly filling up with water and theres no way out. Good stuff.

At the same time, the film is short (which is good) and afterward, you sort of just forget about the movie. Another problem is that there is zero character development, nor really big stars which may or not be fine for this film. The special effects are very impressive as is the set design and the intricate action sequences. Its a good mindless Saturday night action film that certainly will keep you glued to the tube. POSEIDON is a quick in-and-out film that I imagine will do pretty well on DVD. One last thing, I will say that a lot of the shock and awe is lost in the translation from the big to the small screen.
THE EXTRAS
Disc 1

Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage >> 23 min > This isnt a bad ice breaker showing the vast amount of practical and special effects work that I honestly didnt pay attention to, which is an effects mans dream. You see shots that you might not have known only existed in a computer and youll see giant ship sets. Theres also some fun comments from the cast and crew.

Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2

Poseidon: Upside Down >> 11 min > This is more on set footage of the amazing upside down ship set. More interviews and my favorite is Richard Dreyfuss saying balls out. Sweet.

A Shipmates Diary >> 13 min > This is a really lame something or other consisting of two second blurbs by people I dont know or care about. Things do get better as you see more behind the scenes stuff.

Rogue Waves >> 29 min > You can always count on the History Channel for good programming and they are on display here with a look at POSEIDONs rogue waves. Great stuff.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As Richard Dreyfuss so delicately put it, POSEIDON is balls out! Its fun, intense, and anything but boring. At the same token, theres little substance and its a remake of an okay 70s camp film. If youre in the mood for some good ol Russell and friends in a huge special effects menagerie called POSEIDON. The DVD is rather good but the limited special features may not be worth the extra buck.

Bottom Line: A GOOD RENTAL
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