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Poseidon (2006)
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Review Date: May 11, 2006
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writer: Mark Protosevich
Producers: Wolfgang Petersen, Akiva Goldsman, Mike Fleiss, Duncan Henderson
Actors:
Kurt Russell as Robert
Josh Lucas as Dylan
Emmy Rossum as Jennifer
Plot:
A massive cruise-liner packed with rich folk, a gay man, a single mom and some crazy kids in love, falls victim to a “rogue wave” and finds itself flipped upside down in the middle of the ocean. With water pouring in and only a few ways out, a handful of movie stars get together and attempt to escape the disaster. What ensues is Josh Lucas as an action hero, and a whole lot of water and explosions.
Critique:
Meh. This film is kinda like the last hour of TITANIC stretched out into 90 minutes and without any of the lovey-dovey stuff. Interest you? It sorta interested me, but once it was all said and done (and done damn quickly, I might add), there wasn’t much to remember from this so-called summer blockbuster, and after a “Pretty much what I expected” verdict on Tom Cruise’s third shot at impossible missions, I have to say that this film actually disappointed me somewhat, particularly because we -- as a summer popcorn movie audience -- deserve and expect a lot more than what this film ultimately offered. Other than its impressive BIG WAVE scene and corresponding tumble of the big boat in the water, things ultimately fell into a groove, with a tiny portion of the people from the ship, hooking up and attempting to make their way out of there. After a while though, they’re basically just moving from one room to the next room to the next room, etc… It’s a little suspenseful, but also not all that gripping, since it’s an “action movie” after all, and the characters aren’t all that developed. I did give half a shit about Kurt Russell and his daughter though, but that might’ve simply been the “Snake Plissken factor” coming into play. Everyone else did their jobs okay, but the film simply didn’t bowl me over in any which way or form, and I gotta say…any future moviemaker that attempts to do a “boat sinking flick” better make sure that they are aiming higher than the TITANIC because that film impressed us back in 1997, and if you can’t beat that today…you’re in trouble.

This high-budgeted movie even had some obvious CGI characters being tossed around in the water at times, and that just takes you out of the movie. Sure, I was as happy as a young stud making his way through his first whorehouse when that chick from the Black Eyed Peas bought it in the film, but other than that, I was simply lightly entertained by it all, noticing weird things in the movie, just to keep things interesting like a “penis statuette” sitting next to Emmy Rossum’s character in the first shot of her and her boyfriend in the film, and a possible grab-ass from Josh Lucas onto a fellow Latina passenger as they were crawling through an air-duct at some point (you go, boyee). I don’t know…maybe I was just day-dreaming, not sure. At the end of the day though, this film simply didn’t cut it as a full-blown summer action thriller, and at about 90 minutes in length, I would certainly not recommend you spend your hard-earned money on this obvious video flick. Also, it is me or did the three lead ladies start looking like the same person after a while? Dunk them in water and wet their shirts and it looked like three hot brunettes to me. Spice it up a little, Wolfgang…toss a blonde in there, man! A redhead! And these must’ve been the three least productive girls in any action movie. C’mon dude…one of them could’ve helped out too, no? Or is it just a boys club? Razzie!
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6:10PM on 08/13/2006

THIS ONE GAVE ME JUST WHAT I WANTED!!!

Yeah it was predictable but come on. It was a chance to just sit back and let a movie happen to you. I Didn't have to do a lot of thinking. Great popcorn movie. And it never got boring. In fact, it was pretty scary on a couple of scenes, like crawling through that air duct (yikes), and of course, the crash.

I thought Josh Lucas did an excellent job as the hero. Although a bit corny and what you'd expect from the tall gorgeous blond hair blue eyed hero, or any hollywood hero for that
Yeah it was predictable but come on. It was a chance to just sit back and let a movie happen to you. I Didn't have to do a lot of thinking. Great popcorn movie. And it never got boring. In fact, it was pretty scary on a couple of scenes, like crawling through that air duct (yikes), and of course, the crash.

I thought Josh Lucas did an excellent job as the hero. Although a bit corny and what you'd expect from the tall gorgeous blond hair blue eyed hero, or any hollywood hero for that matter in a film such as this one. At least I noticed him in this movie and I rememberd his name. I'd never really noticed him in anything prior to this, and I've seen him i quite a few movies. But he was always just there to support the more interesting characters. He carried his own in this one. Good for you Josh, maybe this is the beginning of a beneficial evolotion in his work? hopefully. Maybe he'll turn out to be more than just eye candy.

Kurt was predictable in his alpha male thing, but very, very good at it and worth the dollar. The women were, well women but i liked Mia Maestro' performance. Her portrayal of fear in that air duct was pretty good. As for Richard Dreyfuss, good to see him. I had forgotten about him and I didn't think I'd see him in anything again. He deserves props on principle, he has done some outstanding work in cinema. I Loved Mr Holland's Opus and Jaws and What about Bob?

Anyway, Wolfgang does movies about boats, ships and subs. That's what he's best at and I was a bit surprised that the movie didn't have a little more umph coming from the master of boat movies.

Finally, it was a remake done in contemporary style. What did we really expect. There's not much you can do when you're remaking someone elses genius. Overall not bad. Definetly Worth the 10 bucks!
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7:13AM on 05/26/2006
Ok. So there is the incredible "wave" scene. And it is indeed one of the most impressive scenes I've ever seen. BUT THEN WHAT? The film ran VERY short. Characters were not interesting what-so-ever, and it had the whole titanic-wannabe feel overall. I am still glad to have seen in on the big screen (the CGI and the sound was fantastic)but this could have been done a lotttt better)
Ok. So there is the incredible "wave" scene. And it is indeed one of the most impressive scenes I've ever seen. BUT THEN WHAT? The film ran VERY short. Characters were not interesting what-so-ever, and it had the whole titanic-wannabe feel overall. I am still glad to have seen in on the big screen (the CGI and the sound was fantastic)but this could have been done a lotttt better)
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8:01AM on 05/20/2006

Its what you expect

its a movie that doesnt disappoint if you know what to expect from it. The only real flaws is that its characters are developed as much as a 10 year old boys chest. other than that it is good for entertainment value, good action sequences, and nice vissual effects of the ship flipping over.
So if your looking to waste sometime, but not nessiceraly your money the go see this movie, or wait till rental either way way you can get some entertainment.
its a movie that doesnt disappoint if you know what to expect from it. The only real flaws is that its characters are developed as much as a 10 year old boys chest. other than that it is good for entertainment value, good action sequences, and nice vissual effects of the ship flipping over.
So if your looking to waste sometime, but not nessiceraly your money the go see this movie, or wait till rental either way way you can get some entertainment.
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12:15PM on 05/17/2006
This movie wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It actually moves along at a pretty steady pace, keeping me interested with cool special effects, constant "oh shit" moments, and Emmy Rossum's cleavage. I was never bored what with all the dying, explosions, close calls, and water gushing in everywhere.

You don't learn a whole helluva lot about the characters in the movie; you don't get a chance to do so really - the boat gets knocked over about 10 minutes into the movie. Sure, you learn
This movie wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It actually moves along at a pretty steady pace, keeping me interested with cool special effects, constant "oh shit" moments, and Emmy Rossum's cleavage. I was never bored what with all the dying, explosions, close calls, and water gushing in everywhere.

You don't learn a whole helluva lot about the characters in the movie; you don't get a chance to do so really - the boat gets knocked over about 10 minutes into the movie. Sure, you learn that the father-daughter relationship is rocky, and there's a depressed gay guy, but that's about it; that's about all the character you got. The performances weren't bad; they helped keep the flick moving along.

But the movie's far from perfect; there are a couple of "groan" moments - specifically Josh Lucas jumping into water and playing the hero, a la Schwarzenegger in "True Lies." Also a couple of cheesy moments including the captain and club singer hugging just before they bite it. Oh yeah, you know those disaster or suspense flicks that always has at least one annoying ass little kid - this one's no different. The kid bugged the hell out of me in every scene he was in.

But like I said, the movie never bored me. It's short running time was in its favor if you ask me. It didn't drag on and on; instead, it got to the point, there were plenty of exciting scenes, and there were some suprises here and there as far as survivors are concerned. Not a bad movie overall. Not great, but not bad either.
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3:27PM on 05/13/2006

Action: Great. Kurt: Great. Movie? Ehhh...

It was...pretty good. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. Kurt Russell was good (as usual), and the action sequences were dazzling (and pretty intense). Some very hopeless situations. I had a few problems with it, though; mostly the "main" character, Josh McConaughey-- oh, sorry, Lucas. He's a pretty dull actor, and I've thought so since seeing him in Sweet Home Alabama. Luckily, however, he wasn't too distracting, and did quite well in a few parts. Richard Dreyfuss was actually a welcome
It was...pretty good. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. Kurt Russell was good (as usual), and the action sequences were dazzling (and pretty intense). Some very hopeless situations. I had a few problems with it, though; mostly the "main" character, Josh McConaughey-- oh, sorry, Lucas. He's a pretty dull actor, and I've thought so since seeing him in Sweet Home Alabama. Luckily, however, he wasn't too distracting, and did quite well in a few parts. Richard Dreyfuss was actually a welcome surprise; I mean, I knew he was going to be in this movie, and he looks more haggard than ever (he's younger than my dad and he looks like he could be 80!!), but he did fine, and his character was not the jerk I was suspecting he would portray. A few other kinks and bunks here and there, but otherwise it was a pretty decent disaster movie.
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