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After the success of second-generation disaster movies from
The Day after Tomorrow
, you can't blame Warner Bros for remaking 1972's
The Poseidon Adventure
, which kick-started the first cycle in high style. But much has changed. The original, about an ocean liner capsized by a wave and a band of survivors clawing their way up to the hull, cost $5 million and relied on huge sets and big stars. Wolfgang Petersen's refit - same set-up, seasonally adjusted characters, higher body count - cost $150 million, relying on CGI and middling stars. Around 20 minutes shorter, it dispenses with character, asset-strips the plot and flips the ship without delay or backstory; furnishing a succession of exciting, waterlogged set pieces, but lacking any substance. This is made worse by mechanical, often laughable dialogue ("I'm an architect"; "I used to be a firefighter"). Little more than a state-of-the-art thrill ride, this actually reveals greater depths to the original.
A cruise ship capsizes in a tidal wave on New Year's Eve. A small band of survivors, including a professional gambler, a father searching for his missing daughter, a stowaway and a suicidal man who has regained his will to live, battles to get to the surface and escape the sinking vessel. Remake of 1970s disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure, starring Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss and Josh Lucas.
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