16, 2006 Poseidon—It’s Not Your Ordinary “Love
Boat” Kind of Cruise by The Blonde and The
It is New Year’s Eve
on a cruise ship somewhere on the North Atlantic Ocean. In the main
ballroom, everyone is dressed to the nines. In the control room, the
officer in charge notices a difference in the way the ship feels in
the water. He looks off to the side and sees a rogue wave in the
distance. The wall of water is at least 150 feet high. He tries to
turn the ship into the wave, but there is no time. In the ballroom,
the alarms go off and everything starts to turn upside down. No, its
not a rerun of Irwin Allens 1972 disaster film, The Poseidon
Adventure. Wolfgang Peterson, (Troy, Air Force One and Das Boot) has
produced and directed a retelling of the movie called Poseidon.
This Poseidon cruise ship is the first of its kind. It is 20
stories tall with 800 staterooms and 13 passenger decks. By the way,
there is no Poseidon. She is CGI created. Aww, shucks! Screenwriters
Mark Protosevitch (The Cell) and Akiva Goldstein (Mr. and Mrs. Smith
and A Beautiful Mind) rewrote the characters, but kept the story
very basic. The focus is on surviving a disaster, not everyones back
story. A group of passengers find out the answer to the question,
"What would you do if the ship you were traveling on turned upside
down?" Would you be a courageous leader or a follower? Would you
panic? Would you give up or keep going?
played by Kurt Russell (Miracle and Escape From New York) is an
ex-firefighter and Mayor of New York. He is traveling with his
daughter Jennifer, played by Emmy Rossum (Phantom of the Opera and
Mystic River) and her boyfriend. Also on the ship is gambler Dylan
Johns, who is portrayed by Josh Lucas (Glory Road and Sweet Home
Alabama) and Richard Nelson, played by Richard Dreyfuss (Goodbye
Girl and Always), who is a gay suicidal architect. Rounding out the
stars are Jacinda Barrett (Ladder 49 and The Human Stain) playing
Maggie James and her young son Connor, played by Jimmy Bennett
(Daddy Day Care and Firewall). Of course there is always a fool. He
is Lucky Larry, played by Kevin Dillon (Platoon and Immediate
Family). Heightening the sense of panic (as if the ship upside down
is not enough), is their confinement. They are trapped within a
closed environment where there is no escape, no help and very little
The Blonde: I would like to begin by stating, if you
have a cruise booked for this summer, DON’T catch this flick.
However, Poseidon was nothing less than thrilling, not to mention
action packed from the get go. It truly is a real, old-fashioned,
nail-biting adventure that is exciting every water-filled second. So
ladies, don’t get a manicure on the day you go to see this film.
Poseidon was like The Poseidon Adventure (the original) meets the
Titanic meets The Perfect Storm meets Oceans 11 and 12!
The Maven: OKAY, I JUST HAVE TO INTERRUPT YOU! I know
you are a blonde, but Oceans 11 and 12 had nothing to do with water,
nor cruise ships, nor any sinking of a ship for that matter!
The Blonde: Oh whatever, I was just seeing of you were
paying attention! That said, I found it funny that, in this film,
the more famous the actor, the better chance of their character’s
surviving, except for… heck, I’d better not give it away! The
special effects were brilliant. The wonderful director and editor
had their hands full, as well. Although Poseidon is an artistic
triumph, I did find it difficult to watch at times. Mav, YOU have a
fear of drowning! How did you ever swim through the
The Maven: Thanks to David Blaine, I’m getting
better at holding my breath. All of your primal fears will be tapped
while watching this film. There is fire, drowning, falling, closed
in spaces, and basically being helpless.
Sounds like my honeymoon!
The Maven: Remember, these
people are tourists like you and me, except for Kurt Russell who’s
an ex-firefighter. The child is the scariest of all! Can you imagine
your own child in this predicament?
The Blonde: The
story of the little boy and his loving mother was exactly the part
of the film that made me bite all my nails off. Now I need a new
set! Speaking of holding your breath, does Richard Dreyfuss really
look, that old now or was that just his character? It was quite
startling to see him. He actually looked sickly. I must note that
the diamond he was sporting in his ear was fabulous. He didn’t look
like he was in good enough shape to be able to make this film. Just
watching the film alone, made me nauseous. Speaking of
nauseous, BRITNEY IS PREGNANT! I KNEW IT!
The Maven: No
you didn’t, you thought she was fat! Is she stupid or what? You
don’t continue breeding if your marriage is shaky. Babies don’t fix
The Blonde: Yeah, fat, pregnant, what
The Maven: What, what?
Blonde: YOU asked stupid or what, I replied both. Do you really
think she is trying to save her marriage or is the baby thing just
in vogue today?
The Maven: Man, I do hope YOU won’t be
jumping on the baby bandwagon! Oh, and by the way, I thought Richard
Dreyfuss looked great. After all, he’s not the kid in the Goodbye
The Blonde: Getting back to the film, I
did find it difficult to understand how two men, who had no
knowledge of this ship, were able to navigate their way through it
so well. It was a bit hard to swallow. I go on a cruise vacation and
after two weeks of cruising, I still can’t find the Lido deck! But,
I guess you just have to go with it!
The Maven: Maybe
if you had less to drink, you could find your way around better. To
help you understand your last difficulty, there were maps everywhere
in the ship and they did have that guy from the galley helping them
as well. Movies like this don’t work on belief or non-belief. It’s
more of a “what if” kind of film.
The Blonde: Well
“WHATEVER!” Sidetracking a bit, I just want to note to Ms. Ashley
Simpson that it is obvious that she just had a nose job! MEOW… MEOW.
Well, at least HER doctor didn’t lip-synch the job (BUT DID GIVE HER
A FINE NOSE)! Hey Mav, how are you ever going to survive the end of
“Will and Grace”?
The Maven: I got over “Will and
Grace” last year.
The Blonde: I’m still not over the
loss of “Sex and the City” being off the air. So are you excited
that Rosie is going to join “The View”? I do like her, but I wish
they cast Kathy Griffin. I think she and Joy would have been
The Maven: Since I don’t watch
“The View” much, I really don’t care! Maybe now I will tune in for a
while and check it out.
The Blonde: Well, let me know
when they start to air it after NOON!
The Maven: This
Poseidon has very little story to tell but a lot of action. If you
never saw the 1972 flick, you will like this version. If you saw the
original, you will compare them. Either way, it’s a good watch. I
rate it a B for its breathless underwater scenes and basic edge of
your seat excitement.
The Blonde: Other than worrying
for two hours about the little boy, I too enjoyed this film, even
though I felt claustrophobic during most of it. As long as you’re
not traveling on the seas anytime soon, go ahead and check out this
film. If you dare to see Poseidon you will be captivated every
single second. I too rate it a B just for its special effects alone.
For your film snacks, I recommend LOTS AND LOTS of popcorn so you
will leave your nails alone. Go ahead and have some Chips Ahoy
cookies as well! Don’t forget, “There’s got to be a Morning