Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
Before her fate is sealed by the deep, the superliner Poseidon will reveal one last secret.
After "The Poseidon Adventure", in which the ship got flipped over by a tidal wave, the ship drifts bottom-up in the sea. While the passengers are still on board waiting to be rescued, two rivaling salvage parties enter the ship on search for money, gold and a small amount of plutonium.
Their scenes together don't give any inkling that Michael Caine, Sally Field and Karl Malden are all Academy Award winners, but that's part of the fun. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure is a textbook example of how following the same blueprint can get disastrously different results. The pretense to get the cast back on board the S.S. Poseidon is hilariously flimsy, but the pain sets in as the colorful characters just don't spark any interest on this go-around. There was such excitement, a tight script, superb performances, and awesome effects in the original. Taking that all away provides a bit of campiness, but not nearly enough to keep this adrift 114 minutes.
Michael Caine and Telly Savalas were the only enjoyable things about this movie. And Savalas' role was over the top. The film looked cheap, using the same footage from the original. Sally Fields has to be playing the most annoying character of all time.
Woof. Sure doesn't have the spunk of the first film. Great cast here, except as is true sequel form here we have a film that's smaller the budget and probably was shot in half the time. Feels like a bunch of actors on sets in Hollywood, doesn't have any of the big deliveries that the first film has. And Sally Field......it's as if the writers wanted her to be this lame female Groucho Marx. She delivers the worst one liners I've ever seen in a film and at the strangest and most dramatic moments.
yeah its probably a bit dodgy but still
there is gold and michael caine and the man who sucks lollipops
whats not to love?
Not as good as the original and they are clearly trying to capitalize on the success. Now the thing that I really felt was missing was the disaster at the start of the film and a few definitive attachments might have been good. Overall though it was a bit of a forced disaster movie and they had to have people make bad decisions to get them into the position so they could get a story.
Now taking away the lack of disaster and the forced story lines this was a good survival movie, if you can get over the stupid decisions. Overall it was still a bit of fun with some good performances from Michael Caine and Holly Hunter, if you liked the first film this is good enough for a watch.
Beyond any kind of definition of entertainment... Irwin Allen rips himself off with a cheap, tacky sequel which somehow manages to get dreadful performances from a pretty good cast. Only worth watching for seeing Michael Caine SHOUTING all the time, mainly telling people to "SHUT UP!".