Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard
Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum, Jacinda Barrett, Mike Vogel, Mia Maestro,
Jimmy Bennett and Andre Braugher.
RunTime: 1 hr 39 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Official Website: www.poseidonmovie.co.uk
Released Date: 11 May 2006
The adventure blockbuster, a remake of Ronald Neame's classic
Poseidon Adventure (1972) will be given a new splash of adrenaline-pumping
special effects, thrilling action and an exciting twist of
drama through the eyes of acclaimed director Wolfgang Peterson
of the Troy and The Perfect Storm fame. Alongside this exciting
sea escapade is also a captivating tale of love, loss, courage
and the indelible triumph of the human spirit.
It’s New Year’s Eve and festivities have begun
aboard the luxury cruise Poseidon, at sea in the North Atlantic.
One of the finest vessels of its kind, Poseidon stands more
than 20 stories tall, boasts 800 staterooms and 13 passenger
Tonight, many of the ship’s guests have gathered to
greet the new year in style in the magnificent Main Ballroom.
They raise champagne glasses as Captain Michael Bradford (ANDRE
BRAUGHER) delivers a holiday toast and the band (led by FERGIE
of the Black Eyed Peas) rolls into a version of Auld Lang
Meanwhile, on the bridge, the First Officer senses that something
is wrong. Scanning the horizon, he sees it – a Rogue
Wave; a monstrous wall of water over one hundred feet high,
bearing down on them with tremendous speed. He tries to steer
the ship away from maximum impact but it’s too late.
The wave strikes with colossal force, pitching the ship heavily
to port before rolling it completely upside down. Passengers
and crew are thrown into free fall, crushed by debris or dragged
into the sea as water bursts in through shattered windows.
Supports collapse, broken gas lines ignite flash fires and
lights fail, leaving vast sections of the ship in darkness
In its aftermath a few hundred survivors are left to huddle
in the still-intact Main Ballroom, now resting below the waterline.
They should stay together, the captain maintains, and wait
here for rescue.
One man, professional gambler Dylan Johns (JOSH LUCAS), prefers
to test the odds alone. Ignoring orders, he prepares to exit
the Ballroom and find his own way to safety, but is collared
by eight-year-old Conor (JIMMY BENNETT), who asks that Dylan
take him and his mother Maggie (JACINDA BARRETT) along. Fast
behind them is Robert Ramsey (KURT RUSSELL), anxious to search
for his daughter Jennifer (EMMY ROSSUM) and her fiancé
Christian (MIKE VOGEL). Only an hour earlier this young couple
had found it impossible to tell him they were engaged and
now face much graver challenges.
Wary of alliances, Dylan reluctantly leads the small band
of survivors upward through the bowels of the ship. Those
who choose to join them rather than wait below include a shy
stowaway (MIA MAESTRO), a suicidal man (RICHARD DREYFUSS)
who re-discovers his will to live and a young waiter with
knowledge of the ship’s layout (FREDDY RODRIGUEZ).
Determined to fight their way to the surface, they must forge
a path together through layers of wreckage as the ship continues
to sink. Bonds form quickly in this journey of vertical climbs,
dead ends and sheer drops. And trust proves vital.
review is free of MSG but do contain minimal spoilers
it’s that time of the year again. When the sound and
visual effects of a movie clamoured more attention than the
plot, you know that summer blockbusters have arrived. Cruising
in after “Mission Impossible 3” (pardon the slight
pun) is Wolfgang Petersen’s “Poseidon”.
A remake of the 1972 “The Great Poseidon Adventure”
where Gene Hackman leads a group of survivors out of a sinking
ship. Every few years or so, Petersen’s name will be
attached to some studios’ tentpole projects. This year
is no exception.
the familiar Warner Bros logo fade away, 2 sides of me start
to struggle and haggle. One: Must we wait an hour before the
tidal waves came crashing? Two: Come on, we need some build
up and character developments. To address issue one, 15 minutes
into the show, the action pieces start to thicken, so for
the short-attention span audience, this is the cure for you.
However, this arrangement apparently compromised on issue
developments are shrink to the minimum. What do you know about
Jose Lucas’s character, Dylan? Perhaps the only fact
that he’s an ex-Navy personnel turned professional gambler.
And what about Richard Dreyfuss? Oh he plays a gay architect
yearning for his lost love. Kurt Russell? He’s an over-protective
dad, an ex-fireman and also an ex-New York mayor. With characters
as thin as an A4 size paper, it’s hard to express your
empathy towards these people in distress. To make a comparison,
at least you spend 3 hours with Jack and Rose on the other
ill-fated ship to justify your longings towards them.
this movie’s main stars are not Lucas, Dreyfuss or Russell.
The main draw is the advancement of computer technology. With
the camera shifting and panning in, around and front of the
CG created “Poseidon” and panning down to Lucas
running on the decks. This opening sequence is good enough
to make your jaws drop. Every single slight detail, shadow
and rendering is virtually flawless. It’s as captivating
as a commercial for a real-life cruise liner. Back in your
mind, I’m sure you are wondering where is this ship
you recall back in 2000, Petersen did brought us “The
Perfect Storm”, a story based on an actual event. Similarly,
ILM created the CG storms and boat for most of the hair-raising
sequences. For “Poseidon”, the effects are twice
bigger and far more realistic than any you have seen so far.
ILM has once again triumphed with their pixel technology.
It makes you ponder just how far can CG goes in the coming
Michael Bay is akin to a can of Coke then Wolfgang Petersen
is a can of Coke Light. Sorry for the less than glamourous
comparison, but these 2 guys possess the same characteristics
which one can easily point out. Bay’s visual flair in
movies such as “The Rock” and “Pearl Harbor”
is just as evident as in Petersen’s “Air Force
One” and “Troy”. Both of their outputs shine
tremendously well on the big screen in terms of visual and
sound. Practically, no one remembers Josh Harnett or Orlando
Bloom in “Pearl Harbor” and “Troy”
respectively saved for the battle sequences.
got to admire Petersen’s visual flair in “Poseidon”
and how the action sequences are staged and concoct with the
right amount of tension to glue your eyes to the screen. As
a summer blockbuster, “Poseidon” runs at an unusually
slim 99 minutes. I bet few years down the road, you won’t
remember Josh Lucas in “Poseidon” but you will
recall the great effects that swept you away.
by Linus Tee
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