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The Poseidon Adventure (2005)

A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.

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John Putch

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Paul Gallico (novel), Bryce Zabel (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Baldwin ... Mike Rogo
Rutger Hauer ... Bishop August Schmidt
Steve Guttenberg ... Richard Clarke
Bryan Brown ... Jeffrey Eric Anderson
C. Thomas Howell ... Doctor Ballard
Peter Weller ... Captain Paul Gallico
Alex Kingston ... Suzanne Harrison
Alexa Hamilton ... Rachel Clarke
Clive Mantle ... James Martin
Sylvia Syms ... Belle Rosen
Amber Sainsbury ... Shelby Clarke
Rory Copus ... Dylan Clarke
Geoff Pierson ... Admiral Jennings
Peter Dobson ... Agent Percy
Nathalie Boltt ... Shoshanna (as Nathalie Bollt)
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A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.

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THE GREATEST DANGER IS ALREADY ON BOARD


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Aventura do Poseidon See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Armand Assante and Sam Elliott were offered roles. See more »

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The commandos blow a nice clean "hole" in a roll-up steel door and the commandos enter the building. In the next scene, only seconds later the entire door is missing. See more »

Quotes

Badawi: You'll die with me.
Mike Rogo: Not today.
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Referenced in Kung Tai Ted: Ninja Death III (2010) See more »

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"All Are Bored!" (Cast, crew and the audience)
10 October 2005 | by disc_homeSee all my reviews

The original "Poseidon Adventure" was exactly that - an adventure, and for audiences, it really was new and exciting.

This "new" version fails to be either "new" or exciting from the start. It relies so heavily on stereotypical cliché characters and plot lines, that, as another reviewer implied, they could just as well have had labels written on their foreheads.

Shamefully, this reliance on stereotyping bleeds over into the story itself. Blatant racial profiling seems to be given a big thumbs up by the lead character. The "sea marshal" on board (Adam Baldwin) explains to the ship's security guy that in selecting suspects to keep an eye on from the list of ship's employees, he always follows the most obvious leads to their conclusion. The "moral" of his lesson? If you have a middle-Eastern or other "suspicious" sounding name, or your skin is the wrong colour, watch out, you're probably a terrorist.

Of course, turns out he's exactly right in this super-simplified piece of trash. And the terrorist characters don't just look evil, they bend over backwards to look evil. Perhaps the director was concerned that they may not be sufficiently recognizable as terrorists since they weren't wearing all the overdone headgear that the terrorists wore during the earlier terrorism-plotting scenes.

Certain characters also have an interesting habit of giving long, disapproving looks of contempt to others who are clearly less worthy of salvation than themselves. Of course plenty of films have flawed characters who are found wanting in various ways, but there's something about the smarmy judgementalism in this film that just detracts from the characters who display it.

Young children might get something from this (though I'm not sure exactly whether it would be anything intellectually or morally healthy), but it rarely reaches beyond infantile.


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