Hell, Upside Down
When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.
When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.
Poseidon Inferno, 波塞冬历险
Now this is a story all about how this boat got flipped-turned upside down
Visuals, effects, sound: MWAH 👏🤯
Direction: Bland 😕
Acting: Solid 👍
Story: Grrreeeat! 😁
Script: Cheesy 🤪
This is SUCH a dad movie but I still liked it :)
Three-dimensional characters? A sharply penned script? A film that would still be good even if you subtracted all the action and elements of chaos? Great Poseidon's arse, they sure made disaster movies differently in the 70's.
This Grandaddy of the modern disaster blockbuster hit this dad's Dad Movie soft spot. The spectacle, the movie star cast, the amazing vfx and production design, the glorious over-acting, the okayest of scripts, the dull direction, the bad Original Song Oscar winner; this has it all. I just sat there with a big ol' grin on my face, chomping my popcorn like a maniac, and wondering how I'd missed this one watching film as long as I have.
🌊 Hot Take 🌊
Hell, give us a radical Gene Jackman man of God any day and we'll all be just fine.
I really really liked this. The Poseidon Adventure is a very good disaster film with a solid set-up & pay-off script and really good character writing.....for only the male characters.
The politics are dated very dated, all women are seen as emotional wrecked “objects” that need a man to get through this disaster, adding jokes about the weight of a woman and so on. It’s unfortunate and it sadly was distracting to me. All male characters have in a way good character arcs (wish they didn’t rush it too much at the ending), but the three female characters don’t really get nearly that much attention.
Even if you can look passed that, the film is dumb...maybe not even the script, but…
Film #19 of the "Scavenger Hunt 2" Challenge!
Task #18 : Disaster film involving either a plane, train, ship or any other mode of transportation!
I personally found getting through this dated piece a daunting task! The thrills were still thrilling but they were too few and far between! The majority of the film was character driven and the characters were hokey cornballs susceptible to extreme bouts of melodramatic interludes that tested my gag reflex on a regular basis!
Over the top acting!
The ONLY stars worth noting are Gene Hackman and the SS Poseidon!
I can see why The Poseidon Adventure was as lauded as a technical achievement when it first released, even by today's standard it’s still an impressive film to experience. And It should be credited with essentially popularising the disaster genre. However for all its technical prowess it left me feeling cold and uncaring for the characters in the film. No thanks in large part to the melodramatic performances from the majority of the cast. Plus the style of acting has unfortunately dated the film with its heightened hysteria that’s usually associated with 60/70’s genre flicks.
Where this film does work is with the battle of wills between Gene Hackman’s Reverend Scott and Ernest Borgnine’s gruff no-nonsense cop Mike Rogo. Their…
when shelley winters took that dive it was actually directly into my heart ♥️
Of all the 1970's Irwin Allen produced big screen 'disaster' epics that prefigured the age of the Hollywood traditional blockbuster, The Poseidon Adventure is perhaps the most fondly remembered & even possibly celebrated, gaining a strong cult following. It's easy to see why, given the template has been aped quite often since - take a disparate bunch of 'normal' people, throw them into a death defying situation, and see them strive for survival as, inevitably, not all of them make it. Ronald Neame, in tandem with Allen who directed the major action set pieces, delivers a compelling, pulpy B-movie on a large scale, certainly for the era it was made, backed up by a more than talented cast led significantly by…
The 1970's saw the growth of a new genre of movie, the disaster flick. Arguably beginning in 1970 with Airport, we had everything from floods, earthquakes, tidal waves, fires in a skyscraper, rollercoaster accidents, and even killer bees. Some were better than others, some attracted huge star names like Newman, McQueen, Holden, Caine, Hackman, and even Fred Astaire, and the quality fluctuated between piss poor to pretty good. They became television favourites rolled out on Bank Holidays and Christmas schedules, and as a kid growing up in the seventies and eighties I saw most of these more than once.
The Poseidon Adventure was directed by Ronald Neame and released back in 1972 and was a huge commercial success for 20th…
After one man's wife dies, he refers to her as the thing he loved most. That's an unfortunate way to put it, of course, but also pretty indicative of how the film as a whole approaches women: as objects to break men's hearts. Though one woman's sacrifice is noted to have served others, she's also subject to jokes about her appearance. Almost all of the women are shown to be emotional wrecks, but the men have more dignity in their outrage and despair. It's not as night and day as those descriptions might suggest, but the trend is there. It's tiresome and disappointing, because parts of this film are incredibly tense and other parts wonderfully inventive. Hammy acting and bad…
I can never take Leslie Nielsen seriously anymore. Every time he's about to say something I feel like it's gonna be some deadpan joke, and I'm always on the verge of laughing.
Great movie though.
the 2021 cult movie challenge - 70's Disaster Week
I loved this one as a kid. Totally forgot that Leslie Nielson has a serious role in this as captain. The action and SFX are great and still look good today. What bothered me this time was some annoyingly cliché characters and very corny dialogue.
A ruthless ruthless piece of cinema. The hand of tragedy leaves few untouched in this 2 hour, relatively quick and dirty, disaster masterpiece.
Not much time is given, or needed, for our protagonists to breathe. Just enough for the viewer to connect with them, before they all end up underwater.
What stood out to me is how unHollywood this vessle is at times. The musical score is kept to a minimum, serving to accentuate rather than enlarge or dramatize. Entire dramatic moments, sequences, and events are left to be scored only by the voices of those trying to survive and the sound effects of the disaster that threatens to take their lives. Characters are killed, brutally and ruthlessly, with no…
Damn good. Great cast with pretty impressive set pieces and action sequences.
Mr. & Mrs. Rosen ❤
Everyone's gonna ignore how they dragged my man Mermaid Man out of the sea?
The amount of talent wasted in this film should be a crime.
Some incredible sets and visuals for the time. A few powerful moments and decent characters for a film spending so much time in disaster and action.
Writers certainly didn’t have a high opinion of women. And the script was mostly uninspiring and cheeses.
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Never take any transport with Leslie Nielsen.
Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons , Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall , Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters , Jack Albertson andLeslie Nielsen
Sometimes (as is sometimes said) twelve in a dozen are made, but thanks to the impressive number of talented actors this one is the better in the genre.
In this "adventure" a bunch of annoying people are permanently YELLING and SCREAMING at each other. The men are ANGRY, the women are HYSTERICAL. The sets are UPSIDE DOWN. A film so grating it makes an excellent kitchen helper.
I watched this on a relative's motion smoothed TV (they were adamant it was only because it's an SD channel on an HD TV). What do I do about this?
Anyway, what a stacked cast for what seems to have been later annihilated by Airplane for intentional satire (they even have a food poisoning bit!) and to an even smaller extent what must have been seen by a young James Cameron for inspiration. As the fella onc said, it's what it is: lots of stupid or confused people following the one guy (sorta 'hip' Clergy Hackman, yeah just run with it I suppose) who can get them out of this increasingly terrible spiral of a scenario.
It's a movie where…
I need to watch more 70s disaster movies. Every time I watch one I usually enjoy it.
Several years ago I saw the remake from 2006 with Kurt Russel & Richard Dreyfuss, both films are great disaster movies, but which one is the best?
The story; An ocean liner heading to New York is surprised by a hugh tsunami wave that turns the ship upside down, trapping all the surviving passengers. A few of them starts to climb to work them selves up and out to freedom.
I really liked this movie, especially the characters Belle (Shelley Winters) and James (Red Buttons) who grew as the film went on. Both Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine overacted a bit.
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