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  • Summary: Master storyteller Wolfgang Peterson (Das Boot, The Perfect Storm) returns to the sea with Poseidon to focus not only on the power of a massive rogue wave that overturns a luxury cruise ship in open water, but on the intense dramas that play out among a small group of people fighting to survive in its aftermath. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. It's a buoyant, old-wave disaster pic for a generation of well-conditioned thrill seekers charmed by the revelation that Richard Dreyfuss really is the Red Buttons of our day.
  2. The new cast is no match for the star-clustered original, but Lucas, who looks much like a young Paul Newman (you may think you're watching "The Towering Inferno"), has a strong, matinee-idol presence, and Russell is a reliable old hand at this sort of thing.
  3. Petersen leaves out, largely, character, back story, anecdote and warm personal relations. Poseidon isn't cute, funny, warm, nice, inspirational or uplifting. It's about the incredible labor of survival in a world turned totally sociopathic in an instant.
  4. Pretty much pure boilerplate: a reasonably well-executed throwaway that, when you finally get around to seeing it in its proper setting, will make you glad you decided to travel by air instead of by sea.
  5. There's nothing hip or ironic about Poseidon, which makes Russell and Lucas the perfect leading men.
  6. The special effects, with one painful exception, hold up beautifully. But the people have no personalities, the story is unconvincing, and the whole movie is as shallow as the puddle left on a flat roof by a 20-minute shower.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    It's "Das Bomb." It's "The Perfunctory Storm."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 55
  2. Negative: 18 out of 55
  1. chelsea
    Jan 31, 2009
    This movie was soo intense! some parts made me cry. but i couldn't find anything wrong with it. and plus josh lucas is sexy which is good enough for me ! Expand
  2. StuartM.
    Jul 21, 2006
    I loved it! I cant understand why people found it terrible, their stupid! It was Fantastic.
  3. CameronS.
    Sep 11, 2006
    Very good movie.
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    I don't usually like to watch films like this, as I don't like the nervous, uneasy feeling I experience while watching them. However, I wanted to give this a chance.

    A New Year's celebration on a luxury cruiser Poseidon is underway, leading us through brief introductions of our future cast (some of the most delightful being an aging gay-man Richard Nelson and an ex-navy Dylan Johns), when a rogue wave appears quite suddenly (no time wasted there) and makes the cruiser do half an Eskimo Roll.

    Up is down, and the remaining survivors hope that their ship stays afloat until rescuers arrives. Not everyone is that optimistic, however, and the previously introduced characters start an uncertain climb for possible survival.

    Through cramped spaces and crystal clear waters - with some fiery inferno to boot - the group thins and obstacle after another arises to dampen their spirits. I think the cast's performances were good, and none of the issues they had to deal with were too unbelievable. That, of course, makes the situations only worse to watch.

    In the spirit of all similar movies before this, and probably after as well, some of the characters make it while others don't. You could make some guesses as to who might not make it, which is part of the "entertaining" factor of the story. Also, I have no idea what drowning really looks like, but we had at least one very good version of it in here.

    All in all, a good disaster story, I guess. It didn't seem too impossible or too long, and this will probably make you eye to horizon for a bit longer the next time you dare to put your foot in a boat of any size.
  5. Sep 2, 2012
    A pretty pathetic movie with cliches over all the place. the acting was below average as well as the writing but at least the action and visuals were good. Expand
  6. AldrinC.
    May 16, 2006
    "Poseidon" is typical of Wolfgang Petersen's films; either they suck or they sink.
  7. ChrisC.
    May 10, 2006
    Painful...makes four hours of "Titanic" feel like a 30-minute sitcom.

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