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This remake of The Poseidon Adventure "sunk"!
Why is Josh Lucas jogging? Why is Kurt Russell's character so overprotective of his daughter and how old is she? Why is Kevin Dillon's character a jerk? These tiny questions should have been answered instead of "leaping off the bow" into the action smack-packed remake of the classic Poseidon Adventure, called Poseidon. I think Titanic raised the bar on "Sink or Swim" film, and this one drops the bar deep. Start with the establishing shot...listen to the score...sound a bit familiar like the Day After Tomorrow? Funny to think, Emmy Rossum is in both. This ensemble cast of old school and new school actors is a good mix, but the movie leaves out the main ingredient...like character development. Why didn't producer Akiva Goldsman (also a screenwriter) see this? We don't care about who lives because the movie is counting on people to have seen the classic and compare, but then again, it kinda doesn't do that either... Which leads me to say that this review may seem as mixed-up as the film. The action was suspenseful at times, and looking at Josh Lucas and Kurt Russell in wet tux shirts was some eye candy for the ladies. But overall, I think Wolfgang Petersen was more interested in the science of the boat than the formula of the film....Guaranteed to have thousands of hours of extras on the DVD.
Friday the 13th VIII is really great!
Opening with a strong power ballad, this Jason/Friday the 13th is one of the more entertaining of the franchise. It actually has a story outside of the whole 'Camp Crystal Lake' thing. The characters actually have lives, history and the main characters have story lines that don't revolve around being a counselor. I found this refreshing and actually really hated to see them get picked off. Everything is perfectly 80's. We go on an adventure with the lake soggy Jason as he " accidentally" encounters some hip high school seniors on a cruise to Manhattan. Graphic, as usual, with some comedic gore. This is a slasher film, with a brain.