(based on the book by Paul Gallico):
the midst of the golden age of the disaster genre, director Ronald Neame
made The Poseidon
Adventure with a fine ensemble
cast of well-known and
less well-known actors and actresses in 1972. Some 34 years later,
German director Wolfgang Petersen - arguably a long-time admirer of the
Greek sea god himself (Das Boot, The Perfect Storm)
delivers a fine and suspenseful remake of the classic Paul Gallico
story. The film is delightfully tributing the original, without ever
threatening to carbon copy it; it builds its own, exciting, adequately
paced universe. Sure, the film never intends to aim for the Academy
Awards, and it obviously didn't attract the most selective actors.
However, the special effects are impressively top shelf; they don't go
over the top and are even quite tasty, which makes the film look good.
Petersen's characters are far from as layered or well-written (or
well-acted for that matter, although Richard Dreyfuss would have stood a
chance had he been given the opportunity) as they were in the original,
but they manage to stay on the right side of ridicule. That goes even
for Josh Lucas, whereas Kevin Dillon gives the movie a welcomed comic
relief with his delightful character mockery.