Poseidon(English pronunciation:/pəˈsaɪdᵊn/) is a 2006 disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen , the third film adaptation of the novelThe Poseidon Adventurewritten by Paul Gallico , and a loose remake of the 1972 film of the same name . It stars Kurt Russell , Josh Lucas 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 Visual Effects.Poseidongrossed $181,674,817 at the worldwide box office on a budget of $160,000,000. When released on DVD, it amassed $19,727,310 in sales, bringing its total gross to $201,402,127.
The MSPoseidon, a luxury cruise ship, is on a year-end transatlantic crossing to New York. Jennifer ( Emmy Rossum ) is with her fiancé, Christian ( Mike Vogel ), and they consider how to tell Jennifer's father, former New York City Mayor Robert Ramsey ( Kurt Russell ), about their engagement. In the galley , stowaway Elena ( Mía Maestro ) searches for her friend, a waiter named Valentin ( Freddy Rodriguez ). Architect Richard Nelson ( Richard Dreyfuss ) is making a phone call to his estranged lover. In the grand ballroom, Captain Michael Bradford ( Andre Braugher ) delivers a New Year's speech before introducing the singer, Gloria ( Fergie ). Dylan ( Josh Lucas ), a professional gambler, and Robert play Texas Hold’em with Lucky Larry ( Kevin Dillon ). Jen, Christian and Elena are partying in the nightclub. Richard is with his friends, talking about his heartbreak. As Dylan walks with his winnings, he bumps into Connor ( Jimmy Bennett ). Maggie ( Jacinda Barrett ), Connor's mother, arrives and chats with Dylan.
On the bridge, officers see a 150-foot rogue wave coming towards them, while everyone celebrates the New Year countdown. On the promenade deck, Richard who is contemplating suicide, sees the wave and retreats inside. Though the crew on the bridge sounds warning alarms and turns hard to starboard to meet the wave head-on, thePoseidonturns too slowly. It is hit board-side and capsizes.
In the ballroom, Robert, Dylan, Richard and Maggie wake up, realizing that the ship is now upside down. Robert sees Connor on the piano, which is now on the ceiling. Robert and some officers rescue Connor. In the nightclub, Jennifer looks for Christian, who has been pinned by a fallen light. They and Elena are the only ones to avoid being killed by the combined dangers of the sprinklers activating and numerous broken wires and lights electrifying the water.
Captain Bradford reassures the passengers by telling them that a set of GPS beacons were launched during the collision and that help is on its way, therefore they should stay put. Some passengers hesitate. Dylan disagrees and concludes that the bow thrusters of the ship are the key to survival. He is joined by Robert, Richard, Connor, Maggie and Valentin. The group makes their way through the kitchens to a service elevator. Using a table to bridge the space across the shaft, the group pries open an opposing set of elevator doors. Everyone survives until the table drops as Richard is being pulled up by Dylan. The service elevator, severely damaged by the collision, begins to plummet towards them, and Richard is forced to shake the crewman off. Valentin falls down the elevator shaft and is killed immediately by the fall, and the elevator crashes down moments after Richard is pulled through the doors. The group manages to force the elevator doors shut just before a gas explosion set off by the falling elevator reaches them.