a sequel idea had been kicked around. It would've involved the original film's cast traveling via train to a hearing in Greece. The train would've been caught in a tunnel collapse, forcing the characters to daringly escape another dangerous situation. (A disaster movie about a tunnel collapse wouldn't come until 1996's “Daylight.”) When “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure” actually arrived, none of the original cast was present. In 1978, Paul Galico was commissioned to write a novel sequelizng the film, not his original book. This would be the source for Allen's film. It would not reverse his then-poor run of luck, becoming another flop.
During the New Year's Eve storm that capsized the Poseidon, a much smaller vessel is navigating the same seas. The tugboat is the Jenny, staffed by salvager Mike Turner, his second mate Wilbur, and passenger Celeste. The next day, they come upon the massive, upside-down hull of the Poseidon. The down-on-his-luck Turner immediately decides to search the Poseidon, hoping to find gold or diamonds. But he's not alone. Dr. Stefan Svevo has arrived, also intending to search the ship. Soon, the two crews get trapped inside and also meet up with another group of survivors. They also discover that Svevo's motivations are more complicated.
It's also a repetitive film. The movie cuts, way too many times, to stock footage of the ship's bows exploding. Characters often repeat their motivations, Peter Boyle's Frank constantly referencing his missing daughter. Twice, Karl Malden's Wilbur nearly has a heart attack, resulting in emotional conversations with his friends. Moments like that reveal “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure's” surprising sappy side. There are many long, quiet scenes of characters talking about their feelings. These scenes stop the plot cold, even if people are crawling through tunnels at the time. During one such heart-to-heart, other cast members are standing by, as if waiting patiently for the conversation to end so they can have their own. It's a baffling choice.
If nothing else, “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure” is better than “The Swarm.” (It's also about forty-two minutes shorter, which surely doesn't hurt.) It's still a really dumb movie, without any of the tension, thrills, or pathos of the original. Allen's direction is still fairly flat. The film's effects, direction, and writing can all strain towards unintentional hilarity. Such as when a door randomly opens up, spilling flames into a room. Or the sudden explosion at the end. It's not exactly boring, the biggest crime a blockbuster can make, but it's not very entertaining either. Even big fans of the first “Poseidon Adventure” can easily skip this inessential follow-up. I can't blame audiences for passing on this one, hastening the end of the disaster movie's lifespan. [5/10]
[THE DISASTER MOVIE CHECKLIST: 7 outta 10]
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[X] Corrupt or Incompetent Authority Figures
 Destruction of Famous Landmarks
[X] Grim Predictions
[X] Group In-Fighting
[X] Heroic Sacrifices
[X] Massive Collateral Damage or Explosions
 Pets or Kids are Imperiled but Survive
[X] Romantic Couple Resolves Problems
[X] Star-Studded Cast