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It is New Year's Eve, and over 2,000 passengers & crew are ringing in the New Year aboard the huge cruise ship 'Poseidon' when it capsizes on the open sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean! A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancée--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets ... Written by
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The original cut of the film was about 123 minutes long with 25 minutes of footage missing 20 of which was pre-capsize footage. Against the wishes of Petersen, the film was massively re-edited during post-production. Petersen was quite furious about this. Missing footage included a scene where Maggie and Connor visit the bridge where the Captain and Gloria reveal the affair they've been having, a scene where we get more information on the Valentine/Elena situation and where Valentine watches Gloria practice before the evening. Quite of bit of Josh Lucas's character background was removed as well along with the conflict that was meant to be taking place between him and Maggie throughout the escape of the ship. See more »
When the officer of the watch sights the wave, he orders "hard to starboard, starboard engines full astern!" When the capsized ship is shown, it can be seen that the ship (like many, newer, larger cruise ships) lacks a rudder and is equipped with "azipods." These are pods that are external to the hull which contain the motors with the propeller for each motor driven directly. Azipods can rotate 360 degrees and thus eliminate the need for a rudder since the thrust can be applied in any direction.
If an azipod equipped ship needs to perform an absurdly sharp turn, all the azipods would be turned perpendicular to the length of the ship, in the case of Poseidon with the pods facing starboard. This would cause all the thrust to be applied to swinging the ship to starboard. Under normal conditions, this would be very disruptive since it would cause the ship to roll to port and break every dish on the ship. Reversing the "starboard engines," which would be the proper procedure on a conventional ship, would be counter productive with azipods. See more »
In 'Poseidon' Josh Lucas plays Dylan Johns, a professional gambler. When a freak 'rogue wave' incident causes the Poseidon cruise ship to capsize, Dylan has gamble for his life. Deciding not to listen to the captain (Andre Braugher), Dylan tries leads a group of passengers (Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum, etc.) to safety.
This is a modern remake of the 1972 'The Poseidon Adventure'. I do not remember the original, but I think this one live up to its name. It is like 'Titanic' meets 'The Towering Inferno'. There is a lot of intense action that keeps one on the edge of their seat.
There is not much drama and I do not think it will add too much to the original story. I also noticed that the movie is just over an hour and a half, it is not very long. However, I think audiences will enjoy the intensity of this film.
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