Poseidon (2006) film poster

Theatrical Poster for "Poseidon," [1]

thumb|300px|right|Poseidon (Trailer 2006)

Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third remake of the original 1972 film of the same name, which is based of a novel by Paul Gallico, The Poseidon Adventure. The plot revolves around the survivors of the MS Poseidon, a massive cruise ship that is hit by a wave and capsizes.[2]

Greco-Roman Culture ReferenceEdit

In Greek mythology, the God of the sea was Poseidon. Poseidon was the brother of Zeus, the God of the Sky and the king of all the other Gods. In the myths, Poseidon is responsible for natural disasters like tsunamis, typhoons, hurricanes, and earthquakes when he's angered.[3]

The film while telling the story of the survivors of the Poseidon, explores the lives of individuals, conveying the message that the world is severly flawed. Perhaps the reason the Poseidon turned upside down into the sea was that the passengers had to embrace God (Poseidon), and know him once more to rid themselves of these flaws.

Either way, the name "Poseidon" was used effectively in this reference, as it was the name of the ship, and it participated in one of the messages the movie was trying to convey, which was in some ways a parallel to some of the messages from Greek mythology.


  1. Theatrical Poster for Poseidon, JPG,
  2. "Poseidon,"
  3. "Poseidon," Theoi Project, accessed November 14, 2011,