OF THE THOUSANDS OF FILMS I've seen in my life, the one that had the greatest impact was, of all things, The Poseidon Adventure. I was 11 years old when I first saw it during its initial release in 1972, and it haunted me for years.
The Poseidon Adventure was, of course, the most enduring entry in a peculiar sub-genre that became wildly popular in the 1970s: the disaster film. As America seemed as though it was going down the tubes, American movie audiences thrilled to the spectacle of their countrymen desperately trying to find their way out of burning buildings, flee earthquakes, escape the impact of a meteor shower, and cope with hijackings that blew a hole in the plane, or ended with a 747 sinking to the ocean floor.
The reason The Poseidon Adventure had...Full review >>