is nothing more than an action-heavy, 'leave your brain at the door and just go along for the ride' summer popcorn movie. It doesnt try to disguise itself as a compelling drama, and even goes as far as to have the characters not string more than a few dozen words together after the ship tumbles over and action takes the drivers seat. It is what it is, with the actors and director Wolfgang Petersen all but winking at the audience in acknowledging that fact.
The storys simple enough. A rogue wave hits a cruise ship packed with passengers playing poker, listening to Fergie
from the Black Eyed Peas (shes actually playing the role of a lounge singer but since we see her for all of three minutes, its easier to pretend its just Fergie being Fergie), and celebrating New Years Eve in their best formal attire. The wave strikes, the ship turns over, and now whats supposed to be the floor becomes the ceiling and the only way out is through the bottom of the ship.
A small group (including three of the men who were playing poker together which begs the question: are people who play Texas Holdem really smarter than the rest of us?) decides to disobey the Captains orders and leave the ballroom in search of a way off the doomed ship. While everyone else remains inside the supposedly safe ballroom, 10 independent thinkers strike out on their own. It doesnt take a brain surgeon to figure out which group made the wrong decision
Mike Vogel and Emmy Rossum in Poseidon.© Warner Bros Pictures
Director Petersen must have spent his nights leading up to filming Poseidon
dreaming up new ways to torture his cast. Its apparent the actors are doing the majority of their own stunts and thats a major plus in making the films tense action sequences seem real. In this age of CGI-heavy films, being able to watch the faces of the actors as theyre obviously enduring whatever their characters are supposed to be going through does add a nice little jolt of reality to the Poseidon
Poseidon isnt a movie that makes any kind of statement and it would certainly be a waste of time, and an unnecessary use of your brain cells, to try and look for any sort of message in a film so blatantly devoid of one. If youre looking for backstories, character development, and people you get to know so well you dont want them to get killed off, then this 2006 edition of Poseidon isnt for you. Rent the DVD of the original film and save your money. This Poseidon is a movie made specifically for action fans. Theres limited dialogue in the second half of the film and whats there floats along only at surface level.
As for the cast (including Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum
, Josh Lucas
, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Mike Vogel, Kevin Dillon, Mia Maestro, Jimmy Bennett and Freddy Rodriguez), they should all be applauded for getting into the spirit of the film and putting their lives on the line to give audiences an adrenaline-pumping treat. Despite the fact theyre playing what are basically one-dimensional characters, the actors do it with such earnest intensity you cheer them on regardless of the fact were not privy to anything beyond the smallest tidbits of information on any of the characters theyre portraying.
There were more than a few scenes reminiscent of Titanic and, of course, the ideas been done before (this is after all a remake), but theres still room for a movie that lets you pass an hour and a half without having to analyze what youre experiencing on the screen. The effects are all first-rate and there's actually a decent amount of genuinely armrest-clenching moments.
As long as watching pretty people fight for their lives onscreen is your idea of a good time, then check out Poseidon
Poseidon was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and is rated PG-13 for intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril.