Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)
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Great cast is wasted in this 70ies Turkey. Bad script and dull action makes for a stupid boring sequel.
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure is one of the first movies I remember seeing on TV (at least, without a French dub), and parts of it stuck with me. Looking at it now, I can't shake the feeling that it IS a TV movie, even if it's not. Hours after the first film (but seven years, our time), two groups of scavengers find the ship and go down, find more people in there, get what they came for and head back to the surface not without some trouble. The same but different, right? Unfortunately, Beyond has little sense of jeopardy. Flat, unmotivated lighting is probably the main reason I say it looks like a TV movie. There's fire everywhere, but no one seems to feel, and it has no effect on the air supply. And the terrorist plot to get plutonium out of the ship (this luxury liner was also carrying crates of machine guns) is ludicrous at best, and boring at worst (American cinema is generally terrible at filming firefights). The actors have their moments - Michael Caine, Sally Field, Karl Malden and Slim Pickens are all too good for this script - but despite starting off pretty well, it sinks under the weight of its own contrivances.
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