Poseidon

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Poseidon is a 2006 remake of The Poseidon Adventure, and is the third film adaptation of the original novel.

Starring Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for visual effects (lost to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, though), and was mentioned in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the most detailed CGI model - the ship.

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  • Actor Allusion: Kurt Russell tells the kid to jump into a curtain so they can catch him. He tells the mother not to worry that he used to be a fireman. Russell played a fireman in Backdraft (1991).
  • Adult Fear: Conor stuck behind the grating
  • Air Vent Passageway: Handled a bit more realistically than most examples of this trope; they're wide enough to crawl through without very much effort, but one character does get stuck in a compressed section and has to be helped out, another one suffers from claustrophobia, and the heroes nearly drown due to the rising water because it takes a lot of effort to get the panel on the other side open.
  • Anyone Can Die: And indeed do.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Everyone else gets thoroughly soaked several times before Emmy Rossum's hair finally stays matted down like it should. After that, everyone's a mess.
  • Bury Your Gays: Subverted in the 2006 movie; despite preparing to commit suicide just before the wave hits (he's despondent over the end of his relationship), the lone gay character, played by Richard Dreyfuss, is one of the final survivors.
  • Can You Hear Me Now?: Super Cell Phone variety. Richard has a cell phone signal out in the middle of the ocean.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Very much so. At the very least the door which is hot enough Dylan can through water onto and it boils - Conor probably didn't need the demonstration if the door was that hot. Also the room where the diesel fuel falls from the ceiling and ignites.
  • Cool, Clear Water: Let's not even get started on how disgusting and murky that water inside the ship should be, having filtered through rooms and rooms full of god-knows-what.
    • Averted in in Real Life - the cast often dealt with infections from spending so much time in the water even though the water was pretty clean.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Averted.
  • Creator Killer: For Wolfgang Petersen. He hasn't directed anything since despite his track record before it.
  • Disaster Movie
  • Don't Look Down
  • Enclosed Space
  • Fan Service: Did you see down Emmy Rossum's shirt? Again and again and again? Every opportunity they could show it?
  • Famous Last Words: Valentin "I got this, you go."
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: The rogue wave.
  • Heroic BSOD: Dylan, when he realizes the ship's tiliting the other way than he thought it was.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mr. Ramsey
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Valentin
  • Kill'Em All: There are only five or six survivors out of ship of thousands, but that doesn't matter - some of the protagonists survived!
  • Middle of Nowhere Street: What ocean they are in, where they embarked from, where the ship was supposed to let off afterwards - completely unimportant to the plot and not mentioned. All we know is it's far enough from shore to have a sizable rogue wave, the captain says at most they are a few hours from rescue, and it's cold outside.
    • Actually, monitor at Diego Garcia naval base indicates Indian Ocean.
  • New Year Has Come
  • No OSHA Compliance: Averted in that there are plenty of maps on the walls which the characters find very useful - though a little too averted when even in upside-down rooms the maps are at eye-level.
  • Ominous Crack: Before the ballroom goes.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Christian spends the first part of the movie with his leg pinned. Once he's out he has a nasty gash that needs to be treated. Doesn't stop him from running and swimming at all.
  • Sinking Ship Scenario
  • Soft Water: When they leap off the side of the ship.