Monday, January 28, 2013

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Synopsis: Best Love Boat episode, EVER!

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “One of the most gripping disaster films of all time follows ten survivors as they struggle to escape from an ocean liner capsized by a tidal wave.”

What Did I Learn?: 1) If disaster strikes, don’t even think about listening to the authority figure who advises you to stay where you are – he’ll only get you killed. 2) Precocious children have all the answers.

Really?: 1) It’s amazing just how many people are willing to lay down their lives and die when they get a wee bit tired from so much running and climbing. 2) Holy shit – how many times do we have to hear that awful “morning after” song? 3) Why does Rogo (Ernest Borgnine) feel the need to give Reverend Scott (Hackman) such a hard time, and why does everyone defer to him when Scott isn’t around?

Rating: The Poseidon Adventure isn’t a great movie by any stretch of the imagination – the script is clichéd, and loaded with terrible dialogue, but it boasts an impressive cast (Gene Hackman is especially quite good) and it’s a fun waste of a couple of hours. The Poseidon Adventure was made for rainy Sunday afternoons. 6.5/10 stars.

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