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|Directed by||Wolfgang Petersen|
|Screenplay by||Mark Protosevich|
|Based on||The Poseidon Adventure
by Paul Gallico
|Music by||Klaus Badelt|
|Edited by||Peter Honess|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$181.7 million|
Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure, and a loose remake of the 1972 film of the same name. It stars Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss. It was produced and distributed by Warner Bros. in association with Virtual Studios. The film had a simultaneous release in the IMAX format. It was released on May 12, 2006, and nominated at the 79th Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects. Poseidon grossed $181,674,817 at the worldwide box office on a budget of $160 million.
Poseidon is Petersen's last film to date. He has not directed a major project since the film's release.
On the MS Poseidon, a luxury ocean liner, former New York City Mayor and fireman, Robert Ramsey (Kurt Russell), is traveling with his daughter Jennifer (Emmy Rossum) and her boyfriend Christian (Mike Vogel), soon to be engaged. Also on board is professional gambler Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas), architect Richard Nelson (Richard Dreyfuss), Maggie James (Jacinda Barrett) and her son, Conor (Jimmy Bennett), stowaway Elena (Mía Maestro), and waiter Valentin (Freddy Rodriguez).
As the passengers are celebrating a New Year's Eve party in the ship's ballroom, officers on deck sees a huge rogue wave heading towards them. Although they try to avoid it, the wave strikes them on the starboard side, killing the officers and many passengers on board, before the ship ultimately capsizes. Captain Bradford (Andre Braugher) tries to restore order and assures the remaining passengers that rescue boats will arrive in a couple of hours, and that they should remain in the ballroom. Unconvinced, Dylan leads Conor, Maggie, Robert, Richard, and Valentin towards the bow, where he believes they will have the best chance of escaping.
As they head up, they have to cross an elevator shaft, which Valentin falls down, before being crushed by the falling elevator. They meet up with Jennifer, Christian, Elena, and gambler Lucky Larry (Kevin Dillon), who had all been in the nightclub section of the ship. The group crosses a makeshift bridge across the lobby, where Lucky Larry gets crushed by the engine. The pressure from the water finally cracks the ballroom windows, drowning its occupants, including Captain Bradford and New Year's singer Gloria (Stacy Ferguson). With the water rising rapidly, the group is forced to escape through a vertical shaft and some pressure tanks, although Elena hits her head and drowns.
With the boat slowly sinking, the survivors soon find themselves in the galley where they find the bow section is flooded, until an explosion lifts it out of the water. With their path blocked by the propellers, and knowing that the control room is submerged in water, Robert swims away to turn off the engine. He finds the 'off' switch to be broken, but presses the reverse button instead, before drowning. With the propellers now spinning in the other direction, Dylan throws a nitrogen tank into it, causing an explosion that leaves a opening for them to escape through. The group takes cover in an inflatable raft left floating outside, and watch as the Poseidon sinks into the depths. After firing a flare, two helicopters arrive to rescue the six survivors.
- Josh Lucas as Dylan Johns
- Kurt Russell as Robert Ramsey
- Emmy Rossum as Jennifer Ramsey
- Mike Vogel as Christian Sanders
- Jacinda Barrett as Maggie James
- Richard Dreyfuss as Richard Nelson
- Mía Maestro as Elena Morales
- Jimmy Bennett as Conor James
- Kevin Dillon as Lucky Larry
- Freddy Rodriguez as Marco Valentin
- Andre Braugher as Captain Michael Bradford
- Stacy Ferguson as Gloria
- Kirk B. R. Woller as Chief Officer Reynolds
- Gabriel Jarret as First Officer Chapman
As with the film The Poseidon Adventure, which based many of its sets on rooms aboard the RMS Queen Mary, the film's set designers drew inspiration for some of the spaces aboard the fictional Poseidon from rooms aboard the Queen Mary 2, most notably in Poseidon's ballroom, which is modeled on the main dining room of Queen Mary 2.
On the sound stage at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California, separate sets for each main room were built — one right-side-up and the other upside down. The upside down ballroom set was built on top of a large water tank in the sound stage so that it could be filled with water and drained in a matter of hours. The interior and exterior shots of the ship rolling were constructed using computer-generated imagery.
The primary visual effects were completed by Industrial Light & Magic and Moving Picture Company. ILM used the most advanced version of mental ray to photo-realistically light and render the shots, and were responsible for all of the ship's exterior shots. The most complicated work featured the opening shot of the ship, where the camera tours the ship's exterior. The shot lasts for two and a half minutes, and features one of the most complex digital models ever created at ILM. For water simulations, proprietary software was used, known as PhysBAM, which was created in collaboration with Stanford University. Harold "Howie" Weed was computer graphics modeler for the film.
Digital interior sets and water effects were handled by MPC, while liquid and gaseous effects were simulated using Scanline VFX proprietary software Flowline. Other shots were handled by CIS Hollywood, with water effects simulated using RealFlow.
|1.||"Won't Let You Fall"||Fergie||4:39|
|4.||"The Poseidon"||Klaus Badelt||3:19|
|6.||"A Map and a Plan"||Badelt||2:30|
|10.||"Don't Look Down"||Badelt||3:44|
The film had a budget of $160 million and received generally negative to mixed reviews from critics, with a "Rotten" rating of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an average score of 4.9/10 and 50 out of 100 on Metacritic, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". The film was also nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Ripoff. However, the film was commended for its realistic use of CGI in the capsizing scenes and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. However, it lost the award to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
The film grossed a disappointing $22,155,410 during its opening weekend, for an average of $6,232 from 3,555 theaters, failing to knock Mission: Impossible III from the top of the box office. Warner Bros. President and Chief Operating Officer Alan F. Horn called the domestic grosses, "very, very disappointing". Poseidon went on to generate $60,674,817 in the United States, and $121,000,000 in foreign markets, for a combined total gross of $181,674,817.
The film holds a Guinness World Record for having the most detailed CG model in a film. The exterior shots included 181,579 individual objects, including 382 cabins, 876 portholes, 73 towels, and 681 deck chairs, all of which were created by digital effects company Industrial Light & Magic.
Poseidon was released to DVD on August 22, 2006, in both single-disc and double-disc editions. The single-disc edition contains a behind-the-scenes featurette and the theatrical trailer. The double-disc edition expands on these two features, and also includes the documentaries Poseidon: Upside Down: A Unique Set Design Chronicle; A Shipmate's Diary, which covers a film school intern's experience on the set; and a History Channel documentary which explores rogue waves. Domestic DVD sales for Poseidon were $27,196,438.
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