It’s New Year’s Eve aboard of one of the biggest and must luxurious cruise liners the world has ever seen. For this special occasion, the Poseidon is filled with over 2000 passengers who all wanted to ring in the New Year in a very special way. The passenger list includes a former New York mayor (Kurt Russell) and his daughter (Emmy Rossum), a former Navy-Seal turned gambler (Josh Lucas), a single-mother (Jacinda Barrett) with her son (Jimmy Bennett) and architect Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) whose suicide plans will unfortunately be interrupted. As midnight draws close, the ballroom of the Poseidon gets crowded and Gloria (Stacey Ferguson) and her band get the party started. However, what the party-goers don’t know is that they will witness a natural phenomenon beyond anyone’s imagination. On the stroke of midnight a giant rogue wave capsizes the ocean liner. Now, with their world turned upside down, a group of survivors try to escape from this watery grave.
This 140$ million rehash of the 1972 original disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure, is nothing more than your usual summer movie fare. Running for only 90 minutes, Poseidon does not give you much time to breathe between its frantic set-pieces but neither does it leave room for anything like character development. The price we pay for nearly non-stop suspense is a bunch of stereotyped characters who are as one-dimensional as their billboard counterparts. What’s more is that for a movie relying that heavily on CGI, some effects just didn’t match our expectations. Despite the introduction in which the camera pans alongside the digitally created ocean liner, we can never be tricked into believing that these people are actually on that ship. That being said, we would have liked the movie to be half an hour longer. That would have allowed for showing off more of the much better interior set designs and should have included longer character expositions. The version we are left with, however, is deeply flawed and is struggling to stay afloat. (2 out of 4 black eyed peas)
Poseidon is rated PG-13. Does not include wet T-shirt contests.