Poseidon (2006) - Review Thread

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Title: Poseidon (2006)
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen
Written By: Mark Protosevich
Starring: Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum

Reviewed By Sarhan "Tsar" Rashid aka My Word

My first encounter with “The Poseidon Adventure” (the original 1972 original starring Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine) was purely out of coincidence. I was home alone one night with nothing to do. My only form of entertainment in those days was the idiot Box and so here I was flipping channels until an image captured my imagination.

I’d love to say it was a capsized cruise liner but instead it was a very attractive woman in a revealing (at that time) evening gown. Hey, I was a young boy with raging testosterones so don’t shoot me that dirty look! What began as cheap thrill soon gripped me. I wanted to know what would happen to these characters, what obstacles would be thrown at them and how would they survive them.

I guess that’s why my expectations for this remake weren’t all that high when I initially learnt it was going to be made.

I like the work of Wolfgang Petersen ("Outbreak", "Air Force One", "The Perfect Storm"). He’s what I like to call a balanced filmmaker. One who delivers a solid product for the studio and audiences alike. And he succeeds at it once again.

I don’t blame him for the lackluster “Troy”. I think it suffered from having an ambitious story marred by a lack of an epic scope. The idea is again put to test here by writer Mark Protosevich ("The Cell") and surprisingly works pretty effectively.

One major grouse I’ve read in many reviews has been the lack of exposition required for an audience to invest in these characters but I feel the opposite is true. We, the audience, aren’t spoon fed unnecessary details about these characters. Instead we're expected to connect the dots after a brief introduction to each one of the central characters. It's really not difficult to assume, for example, the kind of relationship Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell) and his daughter Jennifer Ramsey (Emmy Rossum) share. Through the duration the screenwriter cleverly incorporates more details to help etch out each individual. It worked fine and helped keep the running from being excessively long.

It’s not to say the movie is perfect in any shape or form. For a movie like this to truly grip a viewer it has to have its share of unexpected fatalities. I had hopes for it after the first character death but thereafter it became a pretty much a by-the-numbers affair. They had at ample opportunity for this but needless to say each time they decided to take the safer (and more predictable) route.

Besides a solitary jarring and poorly edited scene midway (probably to avoid a longer running time) the movie is technically efficient. The special effects and sets are first rate and the performers aren’t far behind. Although they don’t get much to do other than go from an expression of worry to panic to worry again they each breathe life into their characters.

I still prefer the original but the remake isn’t without its merits. It knows its target audience and caters to them without alienating other viewers. Sure it isn't sophisticated or offer anything we haven't seen in this genre but it provides good entertainment and isn't that what summer movies are about?

“M:I:III” might have officially launched the summer movie season but it’s “Poseidon” which does it in much more fitting fashion.

Official Website - http://www2.warnerbros.com/poseidon/z
IMDB “The Poseidon Adventure” Page - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069113/
IMDB “Poseidon” Page - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409182/
 
I'll be taking in a matinee tomorrow. I'm a sucker for these kind of movies. Thanks for the review :up: Sounds pretty much what I expected from Petersen.
 
myword- If you haven't seen it yet, watch "Das Boot". Petersen directed it. It's superb. One of my favorites.

I'm iffy about Poseidon. I enjoy the Petersen movies I've seen (Das Boot, Enemy Mine, Air Force One), but I'm not too keen on remakes
 
Troy was awsome imo, So I may check this film out for a matinee price.
 
I've got better things to do with my life then watch the 10,000th uninspired disaster flick. AND it's a remake?

I'd see Mi3 again before I see Poseidon.
 
Wow......


this film is getting Terrible reviews.... From the looks of it this movie is going to be a dud

Some will panick cause the Box Office will seem to be shapeing up to an all time low.
 
i suppose ill go see it for a laugh
 
Addendum said:
myword- If you haven't seen it yet, watch "Das Boot". Petersen directed it. It's superb. One of my favorites.

I'm iffy about Poseidon. I enjoy the Petersen movies I've seen (Das Boot, Enemy Mine, Air Force One), but I'm not too keen on remakes
Yes, I really want to watch that but can't find it in local DVD rental stores. I believe there's an extended cut which is about 5hrs!!!!
 
A fun, mindless, popcorn film and nothing more. Good for the fast paced action and that's about all.
 
I'm definitly gonna see it. I'm a fan of Wolfgang Peterson's work and a huge Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss fan plus I'm a disaster movies fan so I want to check this out.
 
What's up with Peterson and boats....Das Boot....Perfect Storm...now this...lol.

Anyway....not every director can have endless hit movies. He's had like what....4 hit movies back to back.....one bomb won't hurt him much.
 
I love disaster films
I love all the mayhem that accompanies the disaster,and i also
like the mix of characters with great back stories that rise up
and survive after the aforementioned disaster.
And that was my main problem with Poseidon.No great back stories!!!
I wanted to know why Josh Lucas had that scar on his eye,what happened to him in the Navy,that made him act so selfishly in the beginning of the film?
Why happened during Kurt Russels character career(fireman,mayor)that made Kevin Dillons character berate him??And speaking of Kevin,the scene that follows the aforementioned will likely go down as the most to get unintentioned laughs this year.
I thought the action sequences were good.Good suspense here and there. The only CGI that wasnt flawless was the opening jog scene that green screen was almost as bad as the CGI in A Sound Of Thunder.
And didnt it seem there was more to Fergie(Black Eyed Peas) & Andre Braughers relationship? It was likely edited Booooooooooo!!!
Shame on the writers for stealing a scene directly from Armageddon.
Im not even going to go into the minority character issue,but i will say this, poor Freddy Rodriguez(Well at least you have a hot wife bro.)
There was a couple 3 rows in front of me that applauded each rescue and near death escape they will likely say Poseidon is a 10.My rating.....a 6
 
im goin to see it to stare at emily rossum :D jk ;)
 
nightwing06 said:
I love disaster films
I love all the mayhem that accompanies the disaster,and i also
like the mix of characters with great back stories that rise up
and survive after the aforementioned disaster.
And that was my main problem with Poseidon.No great back stories!!!
I wanted to know why Josh Lucas had that scar on his eye,what happened to him in the Navy,that made him act so selfishly in the beginning of the film?
Why happened during Kurt Russels character career(fireman,mayor)that made Kevin Dillons character berate him??And speaking of Kevin,the scene that follows the aforementioned will likely go down as the most to get unintentioned laughs this year.
I thought the action sequences were good.Good suspense here and there. The only CGI that wasnt flawless was the opening jog scene that green screen was almost as bad as the CGI in A Sound Of Thunder.
And didnt it seem there was more to Fergie(Black Eyed Peas) & Andre Braughers relationship? It was likely edited Booooooooooo!!!
Shame on the writers for stealing a scene directly from Armageddon.
Im not even going to go into the minority character issue,but i will say this, poor Freddy Rodriguez(Well at least you have a hot wife bro.)
There was a couple 3 rows in front of me that applauded each rescue and near death escape they will likely say Poseidon is a 10.My rating.....a 6

LOL, I did think some of the reviews were exaggerating when they said most of the minority characters(read: all of them) bite it in the movie, but they were pretty spot on.
 

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