The advances in special effects during
the last 34 years make the new Poseidon a more realistic
spectacular disaster flick.
As with any disaster film, the corny dialog
is delivered at the most inopportune times, and you never get
to know any of the characters--but really there's no need anyway.
is a strong and sturdy visual experience--but the ship and the
sea are the real stars.
The only fun this movie offers is the giant
wave that knocks the ship over.
After that, it's pure hokum as big-name
stars (and a few not so) cavort about inside the belly of this
With upside-down sets starring as a backdrop,
one by one the cast is whittled down to the glorious few who
will emerge "bottoms up."
A kind scissors sideways.
This film is a remake of the 1972 disaster
classic feature, The Poseidon Adventure, that also involves
a 150-foot-high rogue tidal wave that capsizes the super-size
ocean liner and becomes another mission impossible for a small
group of survivors who struggle to escape from the overturned
ship before it sinks.
The biggest different between this updated
action version and the original is that the movie has been replaced
by a more realistic depiction of the victims' struggle to survive
& escape alive.