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Poseidon [Blu-ray] (2006)

Josh Lucas , Kurt Russell , Wolfgang Petersen  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R209NY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Poseidon [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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It's New Year's Eve on the Poseidon. Partying voyagers toast the future. The future comes in a rush: a 150-foot rogue wave flips the cruise ship over...and a struggle to survive begins. Director Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm) returns to the sea wit

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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful
WARNING: SPOILERS!!

Yes, I'm a fan of the original Irwin Allen film.
Yes, I have been on a couple of cruises.
Yes, I have seen James Cameron's "Titanic".
Yes, I can hum "The Morning After."

With those facts behind me, I can now embark on my take on Wolfgang Peterson's retelling of the '72 disaster classic.

Shortening the original by almost an hour, Peterson's version delves sparingly into the lives of the stars and "dives" headfirst into the "adventure" for survival. Perhaps, by having two familiar faces, Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss, the director wants the audience to fill in the blanks about their respective characters. Russell's is possibly an extension of the character that he played in "Backdraft" inasmuch as in this film he's a former New York firefighter turned mayor; Dreyfus is, perhaps, "Matt Hooper" from "Jaws," after the great white scared him out of the closet. Both actors didn't seem to stretch their acting muscles much in this film.

As far as the rest of the cast is concerned, Josh Lucas's "reformation" from professional gambler to savior of the group is almost believable, considering the predicament in which the survivors find themselves. Though he has more lines than original "captain" Leslie Neilson, Andre Braugher doesn't get too much screen time and "goes down with the ship,"...literally.

Because of the brevity of character development, the rest of the cast is filled out with your basic stereotypes: the single mom and son (Jacinda Barrett and Jimmy Bennett), the young couple (Emmy Rossum and Mike Vogel), the stowaway (Mia Maestro), the wise-ass (Kevin Dillon), and the noble crewman (Freddy Rodriquez).
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Director Wolfgang Peterson seems to be in such a terrible hurry with Poseidon - everything moves at such a fast pace that the characters - and the viewers - rarely have enough time to stop for a mouthful of air. And while the movie campy fun and as suspenseful as the original 1972 Poseidon Adventure, the film is certainly short and most definitely to the point.

In this remake you see lots of extras die as their world is turned upside down one New Year's Eve, with little warning once the "rogue wave" is sighted and heads towards the doomed luxury liner. Overcome by flooding, shorting electricity and baked by flash fires, the expendable masses yield with barely more than a shocked glimpse, hands clapped over mouths and last-minute hugs with total strangers.

As the Disco and swimming pool, galleys and grand suites and of course the grand ballroom go belly-up, there's the bunch of heroic characters that defy the Captain and decide to head-onward and upward through the waterlogged, overturned ship in feats that call for a deep-sea suspension of disbelief. No matter, because the delectable Josh Lucas leads this eclectic, mismatched gang, and wouldn't you follow him!

Alas, there's no Shelly Winters-like character in this version. The protagonists all come across, as rather nameless and faceless, blandness is the order of the day here. Kurt Russell plays a devoted father, and the ex-Mayor of New York, Richard Dreyfuss is lamenting being dumped by his boyfriend, Josh Lucas is a gambler and I think a fireman - which is why of course he knows the workings of the luxury liner backwards.

Emmy Rossum, Jacinda Barrett, Mia Maestro, Mike Vogel and Kevin Dillon round at the crowd.
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65 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent, strong and quite extraordinary May 31, 2006
Honestly I didn't even want to go see Poseidon because of the insanely negative reviews it got, but I went only because my boyfriend begged me to see it with him. I was lucky to have seen it on the IMAX screen, and for $15 per ticket I must say that it was worth it!

The movie starts out with gorgeous sweeping angels with the most majestic music that berated into the wide open surface of the ocean around the cruise ship. It starts off fast and there is no sitting around and waiting for something to happen. About ten minutes into the movie I was actually pissed at myself for almost missing it and the scenes in front of my eyes went from wild to insane.

This movie is extremely graphic to say the least. Except for some really dark war movies I have never seen people die and get hurt in so many ways to the point where the realistic portrayal knocked the wind out of my lungs. I felt as if I was there, tumbling with the ship hit by a rough wave exactly on midnight on new years ever. Watching the ship go from wild turning to being turned upside down, having the fuel leak and explode, the rooms fill with ocean water, people flying and dying right and left looked like some crazy National Geographic disaster special. I couldn't believe how hard the struggle for a small group of passengers was as they were going back to the bottom of the boat, now facing up, trying with all they had for a chance to jump into the bottomless black ocean.

This reminded me of the Titanic, and the characters were fresh and modern, they struggled and sacrificed honor and lives, and they took us with them thorough the intestines of the ship.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Poseidon
Watched this movie many times because of all of the great actors staring in this movie. Read the book also.
Published 10 days ago by Faye Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't go on a boat
Scary and great movie. As God as my witness, I will never, ever, get onto a boat in my life.
Published 20 days ago by Erik Therme
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original but fun in its own right
An updated version of the classic and while not as good, it is a lot of fun. I bought the HD-DVD since I still have two players and these discs can be found really cheap. Read more
Published 23 days ago by hotrodguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Better the second, third, fourth time
Good picture quality; the widescreen edition is like watching another movie in
some scenes; arrived well within time promised; I love comparing this one
to the original.
Published 29 days ago by Scott Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - very weak plot.
Having seen the original, a classic - I had expected more from this remake, but found it quite lacking. There is no plot, really, and the characters were not well developed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Renee Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
I LOVED THE MOVIE, IT WAS IN LIKE NEW/PERFECT CONDITION. WAS PLEASED WITH THE ITEM! I WOULD RECOMMENT THIS TO ANYONE!
Published 1 month ago by MAC
4.0 out of 5 stars Under Achiever!
A great upgrade from the original. Imagine how much greater the original would've been with the kind of CGI contained in this film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by philo46
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Fast delivery and plays awesome no scratches and the case was in perfect condition, Great purchases, my son loves this movie !! Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Donna Braley
1.0 out of 5 stars Good action but no heart
I saw the 1972 original and this "remake" in no way measures up to the original. It's too bombastic with absolutely no heart. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steven Som
5.0 out of 5 stars For a remake, this is a better than I thought! Even better than the...
I love this movie! Including the very original one! No matter what anyone else says this movie is a great remake! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Taylor J. Huston
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