The Poseidon Adventure Movie Review

Movie Review by Anthony Leong © Copyright 1997

So what resolution should we make for the new year? It's to let God know that you have the guts and the will to do it alone. Resolve to fight for yourselves, and for others, for those you love. And that part of God within you will be fighting with you all the way.
Terror upside down!

A pugnacious preacher... a crusty cop... an ex-hooker spouse... a hot-panted chanteuse... a ballsy backstroker... a smart-ass kid... these are some of the characters you will meet when you sign on to the Poseidon Adventure. This 1972 blockbuster was the apex of the cinematic icon of the seventies-- the disaster epic (the "Airport" series, "The Towering Inferno", "Earthquake", "Fire!", and "Flood!" would be other examples-- hell you could even consider Die Hard a Poseidon Adventure in a terrorist movie).

Underneath the kitschy acting, the ambitious melodramatics, and the special effects, is a film about the personal search for God.

Now what?!

As you may already know, an undersea earthquake triggers a tidal wave that inverts the S.S. Poseidon, forcing the passengers to fend for themselves in a bid to stay ahead of the rising water that is slowly filling up the vessel. The passengers attach themselves to figures of authority, the preacher, the cop, the purser, the ship's doctor, hoping that one of them will solve their problems. Some passengers choose to stay put, expecting someone else to rescue them. A rag tag group of passengers, led by an unorthodox preacher, decide that it is better to keep going up towards the engine room. It may not be there, and it may not even be the correct answer to their problem, but they are willing to take the chance. So they set off on their journey, unsure of the way, and fraught with personal moments of truth where they make the choice to challenge their personal paradigms, fires, acts of sacrifice, and pauses of self-doubt. Some will fall along the way (either from emotional paralysis or from sacrifice), and some will survive, having found the personal God within themselves which gives them the strength.

It is an engaging movie, as long as you can tolerate the first twenty-five minutes. After that, it doesn't let up.

The cast of The Poseidon Adventure

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