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Clash of The Titans (2010) Theatrical Review

By Apr 03, 2010 12:01 AM EST
During the early 1980s, cinema saw a resurgence of the fantasy genre -- including such classics as, Conan The Barbarian and Clash of the Titans. Now in 2010, Legendary Pictures, in association with Warner Bros, brings the fantasy film back to life with a remake by The Incredible Hulk director, Louis Leterrier.

The ultimate struggle for power pins men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god, but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington), is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

On the surface, Clash of The Titans (2010) has all the elements needed for a successful film, an amazing cast (save for the ever-wooden Sam Worthington), a director who knows his way around an action film, the technology to do amazing special effects, and an in-built fan base carried over from the original.

While lacking a story that could ever be said to be powerful the original Clash of The Titans film stunned audiences with the amazing stop-motion special effects by Harryhausen. However, in a time where seemingly anything is visually possible, CG could not stop this remake from falling flat on it's face. The acting even by veteran actors, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, was simply appalling; the action was un-inspiring, and the story made Star Wars: Episode 1 look like Shakespeare.

The only thing that saved this film from becoming a true greek tragedy was the first climactic piece of the film, the battle in Medusa's lair. The action was cut with perfect timing and precision, and did leave an impression once the film was over.

The only redeeming value I can hold to this film is that it can be used as an example to stop other producers from remaking films.

On a final note, it was nice to see Bubo the Owl on the screen for one last time.

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