Ah Disaster movies… They are the endless tales of the struggles of ordinary humans up against extraordinary odds. Whether it’s an asteroid heading to earth or an outbreak of twisters in Oklahoma, I am sucker for this genre of movies.
Poseidon is a remake of the classic Poseidon Adventure. This time instead of Gene Hackman in the starring role we get another basketball coach in the form of Josh Lucas (of Glory Road and Sweet Home Alabama fame) who plays Dylan. Dylan is an ex-navy officer who happens to be on the world’s largest cruise ship--The Poseidon. The passengers on the Poseidon have just celebrated the New Year when DISASTER hits in the form of a rogue wave. This rogue wave hits the ship and causes it to capsize but with people still alive on board. What will they do!??!?! How will they survive?!?! WHAT IS FERGIE DOING IN THIS MOVIE!!??!!?
We quickly learn that Dylan is a loner and an expert on ships. He decides he is not staying in the grand ballroom where they have been promised that “everyone will be safe”. He decides that he is going to climb up the bottom of the ship to get out on top which is now the bottom but is really the top now. Before he goes he is joined by our main core group of survivors including Kurt Russell, his daughter Emmy Rossum (of other disaster movies such as Day After Tomorrow and Phantom of the Opera), her fiancé and Richard Dreyfuss. They face many terrors on the path to the top. I won’t ruin the ending.
I know what I describe sounds ludicrous, but it is a great action movie. Poseidon was directed but Wolfgang Peterson who also did Air Force One and the Perfect Storm. It is worth watching.
Final Verdict: As a huge fan of this genre it would be a Disaster not to own it!