POSEIDON 2006


John Clifford

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Hello Everyone.

This morning (today is my day off) I saw the 10:45 AM showing of POSEIDON.

My thoughts: right now, save your money. The characters, I thought, were so-so, and the plot rather unbelieving.

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POTENTIAL SPOILERS!!!


It's somewhat sad when the best part of the film is the initial disaster sequence, with the wave striking the ship, and the scenes of people being thrown around and overboard.

Also, I am not an expert scientist or geologist, so someone will have to explain: where does a "Rogue Wave" come from,? The sea quake story in The Poseidon Adventure was more plausible.

Kurt Russell was the Mayor of New York: RIGHT!!! Like nobody would have recognized him earlier.

The story between Richard Dreyfus and the stowaway: forget about it. Her death scene was anti-climatic: she's desperate to see a family member in the hospital, then is supposed to be symbolizing self-sacrifice in one way. Once she's dead, then that was it for her story. Guess her family will never know what happened to her.

The person trapped under a heavy prop, with a cut on his leg, yet he's able to walk and swim so well afterwards. RIGHT!!!

I also noted that the impending moments of doom were such that I was thinking "could you please have the elevator fall", or the obnoxious person get killed (his death one "could foresee a mile away").

Why were the propellers still operating, after everything else seemed to be out of commission. Also, even when one set is disabled, with a hugh fire/explosion scene, the others go on undisturbed.

I also thought is silly that there just happened to be a life raft handy near the survivors, just as the ship was settling.

Even the ship sinking seemed unrealistic: was it settling, trying to float, right-siding itself, or "all of the above"? The ship's end seemed rather comic. Perhaps the producers were trying to evoke "TITANIC".

If one watches and listens closely, you'll see the subtle references to the plot of The Poseidon Adventure, though without Gene Hackman's semonizing.

I was not impressed (though I'm glad there were no terrorists) and will not go see it a secord or third time.

I will, though, look forward to seeing what everyone else thinks of the film.
 

John Clifford

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BTW, the views of the ship only slightly reminded me of the Queen Mary 2:
1. The top decks, incluing the Sun Deck Pool area;
2. The Lobby Area, slightly; and
3. The Entertainment Room/Restaurant, slightly like the Britannia Restaurant, though one can point out that many ship's restaurants probably have circular staircases, for the descending affect.

BTW, I thought it interesting that the effect had the people eating, dancing, and gambling in the same room; guess they never thought of the ballroom and restaurants being in separate locations, or a separate casino area.
Such is life.
 
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>>Also, I am not an expert scientist or geologist, so someone will have to explain: where does a "Rogue Wave" come from,? The sea quake story in The Poseidon Adventure was more plausible.<<

Well, not really. Rogue waves are whipped up by the weather and more to the point, the existance of rogue waves...once thought to be a mariner's fantasy...now stand as a documented fact. The Discovery Channel had something on this recently and included photos of one such wave a bit over 90 feet high washing over a supertanker which was lucky enough to survive. I'll offer a few links for more information on this:

http://www.math.uio.no/~karstent/waves/index_en.html

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMOKQL26WD_index_0.html

http://www.nswseakayaker.asn.au/mag/47/roguewaves.html

http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/257.html

Waves caused by siesmic disturbances are known as tsunamis. See the following for some discussions on how they work;

http://www.geophys.washington.edu/tsunami/general/physics/physics.html

http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/tsunami/

http://www.noaa.gov/tsunamis.html

As I'm sure you can see, tsunamis behave very differently from rogue waves. Hope this helps.
 

John Clifford

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Thanks for that data, Michael.

The wave aspect of the film was fantastic; the rest of the plot was what was "so-so"/disappointing; just my $0.02.

I also look forward to reading everyone else's thoughts on the film.
 
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Plot?

It was "this happened, then this, then this, then this .....

But it was fine, if you accept it for what it is - a disaster/adventure flick. As long as you don't think 'logic'.

It says "based on Paul Gallico's novel". Afraid not, other than the basic concept of a ship turns turtle on New Years Eve. Entirely different characters, different route to escape. Oh, they did have Broadway. (though the new movie doesn't call it that.)
 

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I actually enjoyed it, and plan to attend an IMAX screening of it soon. It was what I expected it to be. I wish there would have been another 20-30 minutes before the wave hit. The interiors reminded me of a hybrid of the Queen Mary 2 and a modernized Queen Mary. I think I found myself looking at the ship more than the movie itself.
 

Jerry Nuovo

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I saw it last night and now what I think of this movie which is a remake of 1972's The Poseidon Adventure is well it is much better than that terrible made for TV remake broadcasted last November but it is still disappointing and I can understand John's disagreement with this new remake.Such as how can the propellers that are the bow thrusters be still be spinning when the diesel engines are out of commission or in other words since the diesel engines are not operating how are the bow thrusters receiving the electricity needed for the bow thruster motors? You do need the diesel engines which are geared to generators to generate the electricity needed to move the ship.I also thought that it was ridiculous that as the survivors jumped off the ship through the disabled bow thruster that there was a life raft waiting there for them.How thoughtful it must have been for the movie's director to place the life raft there.My honest opinion is save your money and rent or buy the original 1972 Poseidon Adventure instead.
 

Jerry Nuovo

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One more thing I forgot to write in my above post is I won't go see this film again either.Not at the local multiplex and not on television and I will not buy this film Poseidon on DVD.
 
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I thought it was a BIG improvement over the made for TV version that's for sure!

The characters were kinda weak. Dryfus actually stole most of the scenes he was in I thought.

The special effects were very good I thought.

As for the ending being unrealistic with the life raft floating not far from them? That was no worse than the Greek Helicopter rescue team being near the survivors in the original at the exact time the entered the shaft area.

I think they updated the story sufficiently to keep up with the newer ships. But if you are skeptical, go to the matinee and pay the lower admission price.

My two cents: I liked it. Not a blockbuster, but entertaining enough to kill 2 hours on a rainy afternoon.
 
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sharon rutman

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Thanks for the warnings--I'll save the $10.00 and wait for this remake to come out from netflix instead. Remakes, for the most part, are never as satisfying as the original.
 
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I saw the movie this past Saturday. For what it was, I thought it was okay. It had flaws, including boring characterisations of our "heros" and lots of cliches, but it was decent enough for a disaster flick.

I think it's okay to see if you like disaster movies or movies about ships but low expectations is probably the key to enjoyment.
 

Matthew Lips

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I haven't seen the made-for-TV version everybody seems to hate so much, so I cannot make any comparisons to that, but I have seen the 1972 film about six or seven times.

Once will be enough for this remake. It may amount to a reasonably enjoyable bit of escapist fluff, especially for those who have never seen the original, but it almost completely lacks the drama and the excitement of the 1972 film.

For a start, it's too short. The rogue wave comes from nowhere very early in the film, allowing practically no times to flesh out the main characters, so to speak.

Unlike the characters played in 1972 by the likes of Hackman, Borgnine, Stevens etc, these people are little more than cardboard cut-outs. That is not the fault of the cast, but more of a director or scriptwriter who appeared to be an unseemly rush to capsize the ship, get a handful of passengers rescued, and go home.

On top of all that, as has already been mentioned in an earlier post, you can pretty much work out in advance who will die and who will live. That, for the most part, was not true of the 1972 version. Of course that could merely be my perspective. I was 14 when I first saw the original, now I'm 47, so obviously I see things through very different eyes.

The one good thing about Poseidon 2006 is that, at the end of it all, the ship sinks. No remake of the sequel to the original movie, for which heaven be praised, but I have to say I was pretty disappointed with this effort.

That said, I'm still looking forward to watching the 2005 made-for-TV pile of doggy-doo, if only for the hell of it!
 
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I saw this for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was dreadful and by the end of the film I didn't care who lived and who died. It's a shame really as I was really looking forward to it even though some remakes aren't as good as the originals This was absolute pants.

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To me, the best part was when the tidal wave knocks the ship upside down. I could push "stop" on my remote and walk away happy. *shrug*.
 
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sharon rutman

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Happy 2007 everyone. Hey, stop dissecting this film! It's in my netflix queue and I want to be surprised by the remake. So, don't give away the plot and spoil the suspense. I just can't wait!
 
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sharon rutman

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sure, no problem. I just want to see what the fuss is all about and if it measures up to the original.
 

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