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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
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

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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2 stars

Very poor! A total rip-off of titanic in a bad way!

- fb733768972, Thursday, February 4, 2010

3 stars

Blueprinted nearly scene by scene from the 1972 original, this remake has more action and better effects as 34 years might enable. Similarly less time is spent on characterization (who cares about that crap anymore?), but the result is still claustrophobic thrills.

- ApeneckFletcher, Saturday, November 10, 2012

4 stars

Holy crap! I loved watching this! Suprisingly enough, there were very few annoying characters in it, (which most movies of this genre seem to have a lot of; Yknow, to get the audiences emotions all rilled up, like, damn that bastard! lol!) Anyway, I thought that kid (Jimmy Bennet) did very good acting! The story actually came from a novel by Paul William Gallico in 1969. Havent seen the first film (The Poseideon Adventure - 1972), maybe Ill try to watch that as well, but for this movie alone, I found it to be AWESOME! Dont really care what others had to say, I found it good and thrilling, had me hooked every step of the way! Tight gripping! Dont forget to breathe! *2 thumbs up!*

- Gx7, Thursday, December 11, 2008