Released Year: 2005
Directed by John Putch
Rutger Hauer as Bishop August Schmidt
Alexa Hamilton as Rachel Clarke
Adam Baldwin as Sea Marshal Mike Rogo
Steve Guttenberg as Richard Clarke
Bryan Brown as Jeffrey Eric Anderson
Tinarie Van Wyk-Loots as Aimee Anderson
C. Thomas Howell as Doctor Matthew Ballard
Amber Sainsbury as Shelby Clarke
Nathalie Boltt as Shoshanna
Peter Weller as Captain Paul Gallico
Alex Kingston as Suzanne Harrison
Clive Mantle as James Martin
Sylvia Syms as Belle Rosen
Rory Copus as Dylan Clarke
Geoffrey Pierson as Admiral Jennings
Peter Dobson as Agent Percy
Andrew Brent as Ronald Acre
Peter Butler as Badawi
The plot centers on the SS Poseidon, a 135,000-ton state-of-the-art luxury cruise ship on a cruise from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia as well as the stories and dramas of some of the 3,700 passengers and crew.
Passenger and father, Richard Clarke, is having an affair with Shoshana, a crew member. His family is drifting away from him and his wife, Rachael, kicks him out of the family's stateroom. Dylan, their 12-year-old son witnesses this and is devastated. His older sister, Shelby, is in nursing school and falls in love with the ships doctor Ballard. On New Year's Eve, a bomb planted by a terrorist explodes. A second bomb is planned to explode, but was earlier dismantled by sea marshall, Rogo. Because water is now entering only one side of the ship, it tips over throwing many people to their deaths. As the ship continues to tilt, the centre of gravity on the ship causes it to flip completely into an upside-down position. Many passengers and crew are injured, crippled, or killed. Ballard's arm is seriously injured. Shelby and one of the showgirls are trapped on a table that is secured to the floor, which is now the ceiling. They are both rescued. Shelby and Ballard then begin helping the injured. A small group of survivors, including Shelby's mother, prepare to escape the sinking ship through the hole left by the bomb. The cruise director convinces most survivors in the ballroom to stay, telling them the ship is not sinking. Shelby decides to stay and help the injured, but knows her mother and younger brother need to leave before it's too late. The others leave the ballroom as Shelby's mother promises to leave traces where the group has gone. They then painfully depart and Shelby waves to her mother with a bloody hand as episode one ends.
Episode two begins with the navy realizing that the S.S. Poseidon has gone missing, and they send out a rescue team. In one of the Poseidon crew quarters, Richard and Shoshana reach the ballroom through an air vent. Shelby confronts Shoshona, as Richard decides to follow Rachael and the others with Ballard, Shelby, and Shoshana. As they leave the ballroom, a huge amount of water rushes into the ballroom, killing everyone who didn't listen to Richard. Meanwhile, Rogo's group splits up with Rogo taking the terrorist into deeper water to question him, while the rest of the group continues on the path to rescue. Rogo meets up with Richard's group and they all meet up again in the area where the bomb exploded. The debris is too packed to get through. When the navy arrives, their explosives make it even more impossible to get out that way. They are forced to go through the engine room to detonate the other bomb and blast their way out. As they cross a fiery abyss left by the engines on a fallen cat walk, Shoshana and the terrorist die as the others escape. They find the other bomb, detonate it and successfully open a hole in the hull. The survivors jump into the water, swim to nearby rescue boats. The survivors watch as Poseidon sinks, while a British agent, who had been helping out, laments the fact that there are so few survivors.
L² Scored: 6.5/10
A remake of the 1972 movie based on the novel written by Paul Gallico. For me, the storyline is good but the tragedy part is not strong enough or many enough to make us tear like Titanic, correct me if i'm wrong. But a 70's movie should be better if i got the chance to find and watch the movie...