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A small group of survivors aboard a capsized cruise ship battle for their lives. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets off through the disorienting maze of twisted steel in the upside-down wreckage. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water each must draw on skills and strengths they didn't even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for each other.
Action Adventure - This is an effects-laden disaster film whose focus is more on
destruction than people. Anyone looking for affecting drama will
be disappointed, as will fans of Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss,
who have fairly limited roles here.
PROFANITY: 4 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Electrocutions, drownings, falls, hits; minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Lots of destruction and mayhem. COMEDY: A few wisecracks here and there.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Its straightforward action/adventure approach is both a strength and a weakness. Petersen sets out to give us a group of undeveloped stock characters and a bunch of cheap thrills, and that's what he delivers.
Roger EbertFull Review Average What do I mean by 'perfunctory'? I mean that Petersen's heart isn't in it. He is too wise a director to think this is first-rate material, and too good a director to turn it into enjoyable trash.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Poseidon is a sodden saga, with a script that is awash in clichés. It nearly drowns under the weight of its own soggy tedium.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 80 moviegoers:Critic opinions are certainly mixed. Same goes for the male moviegoer opinions. Almost all teen males thought it was great, but only half of the twentysomething males rated it highly. Adult male opinions were even lower but still not too bad. Most rated it in the above average to average range. Not great but also not bad.
Females enjoyed "Poseidon" quite a bit more than the males. I can easily recommend it to all females. Only a small percentage rated it somewhat low.
It's New Year's Eve and festivities have begun aboard the luxury cruise ship 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 decks.
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 Bradford (ANDRE
BRAUGHER) delivers a holiday toast and the band (led by STACY FERGUSON, aka FERGIE
of the BLACK EYED PEAS) rolls into a version of "Auld Lang Syne.”
Meanwhile, on the bridge, the Chief Officer senses that something is wrong.
Scanning the horizon, he sees it – a rogue wave; a wall of water over 150 feet high,
bearing down on them. 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 and chaos.
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 nine-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.