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Poseidon (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 12 May 2006 (USA)
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On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Mark Protosevich (screenplay), Paul Gallico (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Lucas ... Dylan Johns
Kurt Russell ... Robert Ramsey
Jacinda Barrett ... Maggie James
Richard Dreyfuss ... Richard Nelson
Emmy Rossum ... Jennifer Ramsey
Mía Maestro ... Elena Morales
Mike Vogel ... Christian
Kevin Dillon ... Lucky Larry
Freddy Rodríguez ... Marco Valentin
Jimmy Bennett ... Conor James
Fergie ... Gloria (as Stacy Ferguson)
Andre Braugher ... Captain Bradford
Kirk B.R. Woller ... Chief Officer Reynolds
Kelly McNair ... Emily
Gabriel Jarret ... 1st Officer Chapman
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Storyline

It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers & crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' when it capsizes on the open sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean! A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancée--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets ... Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91yahoo.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poseidon Adventure See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,155,410, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$60,674,817

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,674,817
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DTS | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "upside-down" set was built on top of a large water tank in the sound stage so that it can be filled with water and drained in a matter of a few hours. See more »

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All the time spent underwater with their eyes open, their eyes would be so irritated by the salt and would be extremely bloodshot, not to mention it would be difficult for them to see. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christian: When?
Jennifer Ramsey: Mmm. Today.
Christian: Yeah. When today?
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Connections

Version of The Poseidon Adventure (2005) See more »

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Be Without You (Moto Blanco Vocal Mix)
Written by Mary J. Blige, Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry and Johnta Austin
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under Licence from Universal Music Enterprises
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What a disappointment
22 August 2006 | by darkmoon3dSee all my reviews

As a fan of the original when I heard a remake was being made; I didn't think much until I heard that Wolfgang Peterson was attached. Having enjoyed much of his past work he's truly mastered the ocean movie with "Das Boot" and "The Perfect Storm". Was hoping he'd fill in where original Poseidon Adventure didn't do so well (mainly the effects). While the original Poseidon Adventure is pretty much perfect in every regard; story, characters, intense action, set pieces, physical effects, music. For the nitpicky I found some of the stunts, underwater explosions, scale models, and tidal wave to look a bit fake. With the remake Peterson has ILM (from Perfect Storm) to help update the film. Unfortunately the effects just didn't work. While bold in scope and cutting edge in technique and technology; bad editing and impossible situations help water them down into nothing. For example the original actually explains why a tidal wave was in middle of ocean. In original they're in Mediteranean and the tidal wave was "building up in the shallows" which is exactly what it does in real life. However in new film this is never mentioned and fact that ship is in middle of ocean is made obvious given when she finally sinks (no surprise) where we see the ship fall away into deep abyss.

The trailer was very believable with how it's presented. The original trailer having the new years song (can't remember name) being sung as we see tidal wave approach as screen fades to black. This gave me goosebumps with anticipation. The movie is different and instead presents boring stereotypical characters. Their not necessarily annoying but it's just hard to care for who's going to die next or not.

Instead of going on with endless comments of how movie fell short (music, vfx, physical plausibility) I'll mention a few scenes or parts I did like. The scope of ideas presented seemed cool but just felt boring or just not interesting. For example elevator which falls over across lobby was cool idea, along with ac units, and machinery falling from floor er.. ceiling. An interesting scene was having to crawl through an air conditioning duct to escape rising water. No fat ladies to block the way this time unfortunately ;) Other scenes include flooding ballast tanks and using bow thrusters as means of escape.


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