Clash of the Titans (2010) Movie Review

The much hyped remake of “Clash of the Titans” finally unfurls on screens pretty much everywhere, and is greeted with the skepticism usually reserved for a Barry Bonds home run. The 1982 original holds a dear place in many fanboys hearts, so the remake better be up to snuff. It tries, but sadly it just doesn’t make the grade

“Clash of the Titans” opens by explaining how humanity was created by Zeus and the gods on Mount Olympus, for the purpose of mankind’s worship providing sustenance for them. But the seaport city of Argos rebels against their creators, toppling a monumental statue of Zeus. Hades, the god of the underworld, decides those pesky mortals need to be cut down to size and convinces Zeus to let him offer Argos an ultimatum — either sacrifice the fair Andromeda to the Kraken, or the beast will annihilate the city. But is Hades’ plan meant to restore the gods to their proper stature, or is he looking to rule Mount Olympus himself?

'The next person who asks if we're there yet gets a sword in the eye.'

What Hades hasn’t counted on is a wild card named Perseus (Sam Worthington). Perseus is a rarity known as a demigod — his mother was mortal, while his father is Zeus himself. Only Perseus stands in the way of the Kraken, but the path to victory isn’t going to be easy. He’ll need to fight giant scorpions, cycloptian witches, his evil-powered stepfather, and the Medusa herself. After making it through all that in one piece, he still needs to destroy the gargantuan Kraken, a beast spawned from Hades himself.

Perhaps the biggest complaint leveled against “Clash of the Titans” is the 3D conversion, and truth be told it rarely detracts from the film. It’s not really noticeable save for the occasional instance when it adds perspective. The cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr is nicely done, adding some gorgeous scenery to the mythological soap opera. Louis Leterrier handles the directing task equally well, proving up to the job of helming a big production. The action scenes are given a fair dose of adrenaline, and you walk away feeling like Leterrier put his own unique stamp on the production to make it his own.

Guy on flying horse versus giant sea monster. Who ya got???

As Zeus and Hades, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes own every scene they’re in, making you wish they’re in it a lot more. In fact, most of the gods are given the short shift in favor of following the sullen Perseus. That’s a big problem since Sam Worthington gives Perseus all the charm and charisma of an old man’s nut sack. Worthington is suppose to play the hero, a man people are willing to rally around and risk death for, but he’s mainly just grumpy, complaining about how he doesn’t want to be a god and refusing efforts to help him. The film needed a charismatic action hero, but instead we got Abe Vigoda.

“Clash of the Titans” is a good way to pass 110 minutes. It can be fairly entertaining and has some good performances, but considering all the talent involved, it never lives up to its full potential. That’s a shame, since now we’re only left to dream of the film that could have been.

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Louis Leterrier (director) / Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi (screenplay), Beverley Cross (1981 screenplay)
CAST: Sam Worthington … Perseus
Liam Neeson … Zeus
Ralph Fiennes … Hades
Jason Flemyng … Calibos / Acrisius
Gemma Arterton … Io
Alexa Davalos … Andromeda
Tine Stapelfeldt … Danae
Mads Mikkelsen … Draco
Luke Evans … Apollo
Izabella Miko … Athena
Liam Cunningham … Solon


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  • Larry

    What a joke that film was. I just got came in my room and turned on computer right away to give my review of this horrendous re-telling of Perseus. This is not a remake. Despite the lack of technology for monsters and battle of the original film, I'd rather watch it than this release. The gods were way too human, absolute garbage. No range of emotions from any actor. BTW the studios who made this film, open a mythology book next time and learn the correct locations of Medusa, how the scorpions really came about. Even the line "…release the kraken…" had no notable delivery. Laurence Oliver said perfectly in the original. How dare the studios be so far off course in this movie. They did not take this subject matter seriously at all. Just flash CGI on it and you think you have a hit.

  • Larry

    What a joke that film was. I just got came in my room and turned on computer right away to give my review of this horrendous re-telling of Perseus. This is not a remake. Despite the lack of technology for monsters and battle of the original film, I'd rather watch it than this release. The gods were way too human, absolute garbage. No range of emotions from any actor. BTW the studios who made this film, open a mythology book next time and learn the correct locations of Medusa, how the scorpions really came about. Even the line "…release the kraken…" had no notable delivery. Laurence Oliver said perfectly in the original. How dare the studios be so far off course in this movie. They did not take this subject matter seriously at all. Just flash CGI on it and you think you have a hit.

  • dedpool

    “That’s a shame, since now we’re only left to dream of the film that could have been.”

    Or a God War film. LoL. Glad to see you didn't just trounce the film. It's never gonna live up to the original, but that's also nastalgia's rose colored lenses that we're looking through. But I still want to see it.

  • TheNewAgeHero

    I actually enjoyed this film. I believe a majority of the individuals who say this film is bad are comparing it to the original. Hollywood has a way of twisting and retelling stories. For instance…BEOWULF! It was a good movie but if you've read the epic of Beowulf, you would know that the movie is completely different. The same with 300 and Lord of the Rings. People get bent out of shape over the little things. I'll admit, the acting wasn't the best but this movie was a fast-paced action film. I honestly paid more attention to the action sequences than the acting. I couldn't even watch the original because it's so outdated. Lastly, the original was considered a classic because well……what other movies were out to compare it to? I digress….

  • tim

    jason and the argonauts

  • -Anonymous

    Wow this was terrible. Kept me engaged -10% of the time. I just came from watching Mean Streets at home too, and not to compare in terms of genre but lets get real on the subject of acting. Could Crash of the Titans cut scenes any more than they possibly did. The dialog was terrible, it was all one line cut shots. Lame as most predictable American movies are in terms of realism. Larry was right, throw in CGI and gimmick the audience for their money and thats what it is. I bet the producers were thinking, “lets give em some Sam Worthington, some CGI, and create the release right after Avatar and you got a box office gimmick of the year”. Im not going to complain about CGI because its getting better and better each movie but I want to see a movie that brings truth and meaning to chaos, not a video game where you sit impatiently in your seat hopefully the game will be over soon. This brought no substance to the Silver Screen and I hope Worthington can relinquish all those years of hard work at NIDA with meaty material and not corny single cut crap. Shame on Hollywood.

  • -Anonymous

    Wow this was terrible. Kept me engaged -10% of the time. I just came from watching Mean Streets at home too, and not to compare in terms of genre but lets get real on the subject of acting. Could Crash of the Titans cut scenes any more than they possibly did. The dialog was terrible, it was all one line cut shots. Lame as most predictable American movies are in terms of realism. Larry was right, throw in CGI and gimmick the audience for their money and thats what it is. I bet the producers were thinking, “lets give em some Sam Worthington, some CGI, and create the release right after Avatar and you got a box office gimmick of the year”. Im not going to complain about CGI because its getting better and better each movie but I want to see a movie that brings truth and meaning to chaos, not a video game where you sit impatiently in your seat hopefully the game will be over soon. This brought no substance to the Silver Screen and I hope Worthington can relinquish all those years of hard work at NIDA with meaty material and not corny single cut crap. Shame on Hollywood.