Poseidon

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Graphic disaster flick. Not for younger kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some characters are courageous and generous, saving others at great risk to themselves; others are plainly selfish and afraid; Dylan transitions from being selfish to selfless.

Violence

Many dead bodies, in various states (bloody, burned, broken, sometimes in foregrounds of shots); several explosions on the ship; character pinned under scaffolding; several characters fall from frightening heights; blood indicates injuries (mouth, eye, face, limbs); characters are caught in an airshaft; characters drown repeatedly; man tries to throw oxygen tank out a vacuum-ish hole, resulting in much tension and loud slamming of his body against columns and walls.

Sex

Some kissing and discussion of romance between primary couple; one character is gay (we hear about a boyfriend who left him).

Language

Very mild language ("damn," You gotta couple a big ones").

Consumerism

Vending machine with brands visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke cigarettes at party, drink alcohol; nasty character drinks from flask and gets drunk during the escape.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie begins with some family tension -- a single father and his teenage daughter clash over her boyfriend -- but as soon as the wave hits (some 10 minutes in), the brutal, often fatal, action is non-stop. So are the bodies: Broken, bloodied, and burned corpses appear every time the core group of survivors turns a corner. This group is beleaguered by fires, explosions, flooding/rushing water, and crashing architecture as they make their way to the surface. They teeter across hand-made bridges over dizzying heights, get locked in flooding rooms, fight with each other, and risk their lives for each other.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bystevi starfyre April 9, 2008

it's a classic, a must see.........great movie

it is a remake of a long forgoten movie i remeber when the first one came out in the 70s,it was a good film and it deveses the repsect of the original............. Continue reading
Adult Written bySosi April 9, 2008

So Sad!!!

Poseidon is good but it is SO sad, and if you don't like seeing dead bodies, this might not be the movie for you.
Teen, 15 years old Written bybubbo April 9, 2008
Interesting and intense, but basically the exact same movie as the original with worse acting. Good for kids 12+
Teen, 14 years old Written byskater_gurl April 9, 2008

One of the best movies I saw this year!

I absolutely loved this movie, and I think it is a must-see for everyone ages 12 and up. I liked it because it had an amazing display of courageous characters a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this remake, a New Year's celebration aboard a luxury liner turns disastrous when a 150-foot rogue wave slams the ship and flips it upside down. Rejecting the captain's (Andre Braugher) advice to wait, passengers try to find a way to the top of the ship, led by ex-firefighter Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell). He's occasionally preoccupied by his daughter Jennifer (Emmy Rossum), who is in turn preoccupied by her fiancé Christian (Mike Vogel). Before the wave hits, gambler playboy Dylan (Josh Lucas) is hitting on single mother Maggie (Jacinda Barrett). After, he's saving her young son Conor (Jimmy Bennett). As the group makes its way to the surface, the individual characters take a back seat to the pyrotechnics, the water, and the weird upside-down spaces the group must negotiate. While a recently brokenhearted gay architect Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss) takes an interest in the underclass pair -- busboy Marco (Freddy Rodríguez) and his just-met stowaway friend Elena (Mía Maestro) -- the others pretty much stick with their (white and moneyed) kind.

Is it any good?

Why cast Andre Braugher if you don't use him? In his role as captain, he's relegated to making a couple of feeble speeches and then leaves everyone on board to their dire fates. When he advises passengers to wait to be rescued, you know he's wrong, and also that he's not long for the film. That's too bad, because the survivors are a dull lot. It's mentioned that Kurt Russell's character used to be "mayor of New York," which is never explained, but plainly draws on post-9/11 desires for heroes). None of the characters or their relationships are presented for more than a minute to two, and so none solicits much emotional investment.

That's not to say the folks in gowns and tuxedos don't learn some lessons in loss and courage. But they do so incidentally. The point in a disaster film is fear and relief and some more fear: It's a ride. Here, you watch characters work to get out of small spaces, endure water and fire, and make their way to more small spaces.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the formula of disaster films: How are relationships between characters forged through dire hardships? How does the movie use conventional gender roles: the women are fearful, loving, or maternal, and the boys are sneaky, assertive, or courageous?

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