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Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91yahoo.com)
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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