Paramount recently announced that they hope their
latest release, Mission:
Impossible III, will have the legs to bring in a box office
take of $200 million. With the type of box office competition expected this
summer, the studios' hopes would be considered a bit too, well, optimistic.
Fortunately for Paramount, the studio may have already caught its first
break, or should I say sunken ship?
Warner Bros' Poseidon,
the first real test against M:i:III, has been screened and let's
just say that the reviews could sink this ship before it even finishes its
Though Warner Bros had a feeling this was coming,
the early reviews for Poseidon have begun to pop up across the
net and most wish for the good old days of the original film. The problem? So far the major complaint has come down to the lack of character development.
The stripped-down title of the disaster epic formerly known as "The Poseidon
Adventure" accurately reflects the movie itself -- an early-summer vehicle
that's built for speed, with scant time to develop characters before the
world turns upside-down. Thanks to its simple construction, Wolfgang Petersen's
large-scale liner moves reasonably well, though anyone with the faintest
memory of its 1972 predecessor will wonder where most of the plot went,
and the dialogue is so stilted it can honestly be said the less the better.
Given that, Warner Bros. should enjoy a few bright mornings after, though
prospects of an extended theatrical voyage appear unlikely.
The cries of "Why?" over "United 93" might better be
applied to this spectacular but uninvolving remake of "The Poseidon
Adventure," the 1972 Irwin Allen production that kick-started the modern-day
disaster genre. Updating the story of a capsized luxury liner, the $160
million production boasts more than a few astounding set pieces. But its
intensity is strictly physical, the intended emotional impact submerged
in a numbing onslaught of death, danger and derring-do as a bunch of mostly
annoying, self-centered passengers fight their way to the surface, finding
their inner heroes as they go.
Not the best start but the THR report does get a bit more positive
towards the end.
Warner Bros, who had initially hoped that the domestic take of the film
would match the budget, may begin looking overseas to cover the costs of
You can check out either review for Poseidon by clicking on the
bold links above (new window).
Poseidon comes to theatres on May 12th 2006.
For the video journals, trailers, stills, synopsis and movie info, go to
the Poseidon Movie
Stay tuned for updates.