Poseidon

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Released 2006

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Director:
Wolfgang Petersen
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Poseidon is a disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the Paul Gallico novel, The Poseidon Adventure, which focuses on the MS Poseidon, a luxury cruise ship in its final transatlantic crossing of the year. When a rogue 150 foot wave smashes into the ship during the New Year Eve celebration, the surviving guests and crew find themselves trapped in the belly of a capsized ship. Despite the captain’s (Andre Braugher) pleas to remain there, a small group, including the cynical gambler Dylan (Josh Lucas), the former New York City mayor Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell), Ramsey’s daughter Jen (Emmy Rossum), her fiancé Christian (Mike Vogel), and single mother Maggie (Jacinda Barrett) with her son Connor (Jimmy Bennett), take the journey to the engine room with the help of architect Richard (Richard Dreyfuss) and stowaway Elena (Mia Maestro). The journey isn’t an easy one with different areas blocked off with fires, flooding, and disastrous aftereffects of the capsizing, but the group fight to survive before the ship sinks for good.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Thanks to its simple construction, Wolfgang Petersen's large-scale liner moves reasonably well, though anyone with the faintest memory of its 1972 predecessor will wonder where mos...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Pretty much pure boilerplate: a reasonably well-executed throwaway that, when you finally get around to seeing it in its proper setting, will make you glad you decided to travel by...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    More than characters, dialogue and lighting, here Petersen is interested exclusively in suspense of the will-he-or-won't-he-be-crushed-by-that-falling-flaming-elevator variety.

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