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Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.0

Distributor: Warner Bros
Running Time:
Reviewer: Gary Young
Classification
: M15+

7.0


Poseidon

The early part of the 21st century may be remembered for the time of remakes and we’ve seen it all, from Disney to horrors and everything in between these two distinct genres.

Although some of the remakes have been good, there have been plenty of stinkers too. Of course some don’t want the classics touched and this is where Poseidon comes into the argument, a modern remake of the original 70’s ship disaster movie (The Poseidon Adventure) starring American’s very own Kurt Russell.

Big on special effects, Poseidon lacked true spirit which the original movie had and to make matters worse, you were rooting for the ship to go down faster as none of the characters were likeable. There is one redeeming aspect to this remake that is Kurt Russell who replaces the original Gene Hackman.

Joining Russell, we have a variety of “modern” clichéd characters from the young couple in love to even a gay architect which obviously makes the film more realistic. Unlike Cameron’s epic film, The Titanic, director Petersen basically throws out the characterisation with the baby water and we’re thrust into the disaster fairly early in the movie. As the majority of characters die one by one, the survivors attempt the unthinkable but of course, you can pretty much guess how this movie will end.

On Blu-ray, the HD video looks good, especially some of the CGI effects of this train wreck waiting to happen. The transfer to Blu-ray like all Warner Bros. films is good and there are deep black levels with a minimal amount of snow. The audio compliments the video as well and certain segments sound brilliant through the surround sound.

For those who want to see how the movie was made, the Blu-ray version contains three featurettes and a documentary. The featurettes go into the various behind the scenes from how it was made to the challenges that lay before them. There is even a 30-minute documentary on how dangerous the oceans waves can be, even to ships the size of the Poseidon.

In conclusion and when it comes to remakes, Poseidon had the opportunity to bloom but unfortunately it lacked any true human compassion. It's a fun popcorn movie but the following week, you'll have forgotten what you watched.






 
 



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