Genre Guesstimation – Poseidon (2006)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Sean of  We will be reviewing our favorite Nautical Films.

Loosely defined as anything taking place in, on or under the sea or heavily involving the sea.

Representative examples might include stuff like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Hunt For Red October, The Enemy Below, Damn the Defiant!, Cast Away, that sort of thing.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sean!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Nautical Films…

poseidon_2006_film_poster“You know, there’s nothing fair about who lives and dies. You gave Elena a chance. You gave everybody a chance.” – Robert Ramsey

Number of Times Seen – 2 (10 Oct 2006 and 5 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A group of passengers on a capsized cruise ship must fight their way to the surface in order to survive.

My Take on it – This film is further proof of the fallacy that remaking a film even thirty years later is a good idea.

This film mostly fails because in a disaster movie you need to have developed characters that you can like enough in order to care if they live or die and here that doesn’t happen at all.

The usually talented cast flails around in this mess of a script.

Wolfgang Petersen is a great director (especially in water related films), but here he really missed the boat because it just gets sillier and sillier as the movie chugs along slowly.

The one good thing about this film is the cool special effects, but even that can’t help this film from drowning.

If you want to see this premise done right, watch the original from 1972.

Bottom Line – Terrible remake that has nice effects but doesn’t come close to being as interesting and thrilling as the original.  The characters aren’t developed enough and it’s easy not to care who will live or die. Petersen is a great director (especially of water based films) but this one lacks any kind of heart.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Guinness World Records considered the ship in Poseidon as the most detailed CG-design in their 2010 edition. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close.  Complete waste of time besides the visual effects. Further proof of the futility of remakes.

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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