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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

When a rogue wave capsizes a luxury cruise ship in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives.

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PAUSE for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Graphic disaster flick. Not for younger kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie begins with some family tension -- a single father and his teenage daughter clash over her boyfriend -- but as soon as the wave hits (some 10 minutes in), the brutal, often fatal, action is non-stop. So are the bodies: Broken, bloodied, and burned corpses appear every time the core group of survivors turns a corner. This group is beleaguered by fires, explosions, flooding/rushing water, and crashing architecture as they make their way to the surface. They teeter across hand-made bridges over dizzying heights, get locked in flooding rooms, fight with each other, and risk their lives for each other.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the formula of disaster films: How are relationships between characters forged through dire hardships? How does the movie use conventional gender roles: the women are fearful, loving, or maternal, and the boys are sneaky, assertive, or courageous?

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Sea-sickening remake.

- SirPant, Thursday, September 24, 2009

1 star

"Oh my God... No!" Once again, I've got to remind you all of my dislike about remakes. 'Poseidon' is a remake of a film conveniently called 'Poseidon Adventure' from '72. The original may have had some "adventure" in it but this film made by Wolfgang Petersen, who's work can be very uneven, is nothing short of a disaster. But then again, the film does belong to the disaster genre. First of all, the original wasn't that spectacular so why do it all over? There's really nothing new that can be said or made about boats getting in to shitty situations. 'Titanic' did it all very well, not that I consider it to be a masterpiece, but 'Poseidon' is so full of clichs that I find nothing of interest in it. Even clichs can be made in an interesting way but the only REALLY interesting thing about this all is to know where did all the money go? The production budget was an amazing 160 million USD's! My God... Another thing is the cast. If you want to get the audience to watch a summer disaster, blockbuster, whatever you wanna call it, I'd assemble together a better cast then the one in 'Poseidon'. Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss and Josh Lucas are more or less well known names but they aren't so called "A-list stars". Dreyfuss was on the top of his game in the 70's and 80's and is a respectable actor, but I'd prefer if he'd decided to sit this one out... So what do we get for 160 million? A lame, unsurprising script, an OK cast, a dead Black Eyed Pea and decent effects. Worth it all? Hell no. A film that should not have been made.

- TheMachinist, Saturday, May 30, 2009

3 stars

Wolfgang Petersen is in the midst of a string of thrillers, whether it is action adventure or drama sci-fi. Poseidon may not sound like anything original, but that doesn't mean it is a bad film.There is nothing much to the plot and the buildup isn't that great. On the other hand, the film gets to the good stuff very quickly, which is probably why the film is just over 90 minutes. So, after a brief 15 minutes of unimpressive character introductions, there is a sharp turn as disaster strikes. From here on out, it is all suspenseful sequence after suspenseful sequence. This makes sense, since it is basically a group of characters racing water.The disaster itself is pretty entertaining and a treat to watch. The stuff that is shown during these scenes isn't necessarily R-rated material, but it is close. It is definitely a little more than I was expecting to see in a PG-13 movie. Anyway, the suspense scenes that appear throughout the film are suspenseful, despite being somewhat unbelievable at times.The acting is OK, with the exception of Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss who are good. Josh Lucas isn't that great as the lead and there are a couple characters that are just annoying. In the end, the lack of buildup for the characters really hurt.Poseidon is a film for fans of suspense and big disasters. Just think of it as a Daylight, but with less interesting characters.

- skactopus, Wednesday, April 22, 2009