It’s new Years Eve and festivities have begun aboard the luxury cruiseship Poseidon, one of the finest vessels of its kind. While many of the ship’s guest gather in the Main Ballroom to raise champagne glasses during the band’s version of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ a 150 feet high wall of water rises on the horizon, bearing down on them. The tidal wave strikes with colossal force, pitching the ship heavily to port before rolling it completely upside down. Passengers and crew are thrown into free fall, crushed by debris or dragged into the sea as water bursts in through broken windows. Supports collapse, broken gas lines ignite flsh fires and lights fail, leaving vast sections of the ship in darkness and chaos. A few hundred survivors are left to huddle in the still-intact Main Ballroom, now resting below waterline. They should stay together, the captain maintains, and wait for rescue.
This is only the beginning of POSEIDON, the 2006 remake of the 1972 disaster classic ‘The Poseidon Adventure,’ a movie based on the novel by Paul Gallico. Not the first Poseidon movie though. Already in the film industry’s adolescence period, in the beginning of last century, a first, silent, short version of ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ was filmed, and, ironically, screened aboard of the Titanic at the very moment the cruise ship struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic late in the evening of 14 April 1912.
2006’s POSEIDON seems to have quite some things in common with 1997 block buster Titanic, but is, nevertheless, still an absolute tribute to the greatest disaster movie of them all.
POSEIDON, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and featuring Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Jacinda Barrett, Richard Dreyfuss and Andre Braugher as Captain Michael Bradford, opens in theaters on May 12, 2006.