Genre Guesstimation – The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

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_adventure_ver3_xlg“So what resolution should we make for the new year? It’s to let God know that you have the guts and the will to do it alone. Resolve to fight for yourselves, and for others, for those you love. And that part of God within you will be fighting with you all the way. ” – Reverend Frank Scott

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – On New Years Eve, a tidal wave hits a cruise ship, capsizing it.  The survivors must find a way out of the upside down ship.

My Take on it – I’m actually quite surprised that I never saw this film in its entirety beforehand because as disaster films go, it’s done really well.

The fact that the characters are stuck in the middle of the ocean and have no where to go but up works really well here.

The cast is superb and is filled with lots of Oscar Nominees and winners including Gene Hackman, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters and Ernest Borgnine. 

In addition, look for a pre Police Squad Leslie Nielsen as the Captain of the ship.

There is no lack of dilemmas constantly throw at the characters and in good disaster film fashion, we never can tell who will make it out alive or not.

This helps keep the suspense going along with being able to constantly thrill us along the way.

The diversity of the character’s personalities helps create more internal conflict because they all differ in what they think may be the correct path to safety.

This film isnt perfect, yet it’s a lot of fun to watch and is a very well made disaster flick.

Bottom Line – Extremely fun disaster flick that gets so much right. Great cast that includes so many Oscar winners and nominees.  Like a good disaster film we constantly get hit by new and innovative dilemmas for the characters which keeps things thrilling the whole way through.  The internal conflicts between the diverse characters works really well and gives us dissenting voices on what is the correct way to survival. Not perfect, yet done really well. Recomnended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shot in sequence, taking advantage of the fact that the principals became dirtier and more tattered and suffered injuries – some real and some artificial – as they progressed. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Very fun disaster flick that works extremely well. Slightly off the mark from being spectacular tho.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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