Titanic 2 – Film Review

(90MINS, 12A)

Director: Shane Van Dyke
Starring: Bruce Davison, Brooke Burns, Marie Westbrook

It took the Box Office by storm when it was released back in December 1997 by director James Cameron. Receiving rave reviews from critics worldwide, Titanic, an American re-enactment of the disastrous events that took place in 1912, contained an on-screen chemistry of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, which was nothing less than perfection, Titanic went on to become the highest grossing film of all time, remaining at the top spot for twelve consecutive years, before getting knocked off by Cameron’s latest movie masterpiece, Avatar.

Thirteen years later, and from complete oblivion, unknown director Shane Van Dyke supposedly best known for playing Dr. Alex Smith on the television series Diagnosis Murder, creates a concept of a film, which truly is an embarrassment to watch. Entitled Titanic 2, and starring a bunch of amateur cast members, everything about the film seems cheap, under-rehearsed and poorly directed.

Set in April 2012, exactly 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a luxury replica liner is built, christened Titanic 2, sets sail on a 100th year anniversary voyage, that its predecessor had set out to complete. When events take a turn for the worst, and with a strong focus on global warming to give the film some kind of structured storyline, the Titanic 2 is on course towards an Arctic collapse, which could soon send the liner to the bottom of the ocean once again.

Featuring an ensemble of so-called ‘effects’ throughout, the poorly edited CGI shots of the ship and green screen snow scenes really are some of the worse seen in a film, where technology today is supposed to add ‘quality’ to our film viewing experience. If the storyline and overall idea of a Titanic sequel wasn’t bad enough, these effects just make everything a whole lot worse.

It’s a film that changed cinema forever, and still today grips audiences throughout. At first the concept of a Titanic sequel seemed interesting, and highly demanding to millions alike, but after viewing a film that really is a disaster of a movie, a Titanic sequel was just not meant to be. With speculation of a third Titanic on the way, these sequels really do need to be avoided at all costs!

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