In The American Enterprise Magazine, Eric Cox reviews Poseidon, this week’s Hollywood remake of yet another decades-old film that should have remained underwater (not to mention yet another attempt to recreate Titanic’s enormous success):
For those not old enough to realize it, the movie is a remake of The Poseidon Adventure (1972), one of a number of films in the first half of the 1970s that featured all-star casts trapped in disastrous situations. Other self-explanatory titles of the genre include Airport (1970), The Towering Inferno (1974), and Earthquake (1974).
It was probably no coincidence that the 1970s was also a very tumultuous time. The Vietnam War and Watergate were roiling American politics. The nascent environmental movement succeeded in banning the pesticide DDT in 1972