Sunday, July 16, 2006

New Poseidon Movie Was Not As Good As First

My wife and I headed to the movies yesterday and this weekend we decided to watch the new Poseidon movie starting Kurt Russell. We had both seen the original Poseidon Adventure from 1972 and we were both hoping that this remake would be a great movie as well. However, I am disappointed to say that the 2006 version of “Poseidon” was a huge disappointment for us. Maybe if we had never seen the original this new movie would have appealed to us more, but I could not help comparing the two movies and in the end the new Poseidon movie was not even in the same league as the original one.

There was one area of the new Poseidon movie that was better than the 1972 version and that was in the special effects department. However, the acting and writing of this new movie was terrible and the story line which was believable jumped around and over some many of the most important parts of the original movie that I started to lose interest in this new movie almost from the beginning. I’m on record here, many times, as being against this new movie trend in Hollywood right now that is remaking movies and TV shows from the 1970’s instead of coming up with new material. This new Poseidon movie is just another example of how poorly current movie producers and writers are doing their jobs right now.

In the near future there will be remake movies of other TV shows from the 70’s. “Dallas” and Miami Vice” are just two of the latest ones and I will bet you that these two new remakes will not be as good as the original, either. I don’t know what is wrong with the wonderful creative talents in Hollywood right now that have brought us such great original movies and television shows in the past. Most likely this new trend has more to do with getting funding for projects more than it does with wanting to write new original scripts. It costs so much money to take a movie or TV show from idea to completed product today and since most new ideas fail, the “money men” behind the scenes are probably demanding ideas that at least had a big following at one time.

I really hate to give any movie a total negative review, but this new Poseidon movie is terrible in my view. We only spent $1 each to get into see this movie and in my opinion we overpaid and wasted our time on a movie, which should have never been released in the first place. I feel bad for Kurt Russell because I think he is one of the best actors of our time and most likely he had no idea he was going to be involved in such a disaster when he signed up to play the leading role in this movie. My advice, for what it is worth, is to skip this new Poseidon movie at all costs and see something else, instead.

Related: 2006 Movie Favorites

New Poseidon Movie

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