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Like it or not, (and none of us really do), we are stuck in a world where the vast majority of movies released are remakes. For awhile, this practice absolutely pissed me off, but realizing that there's no light at the end of the tunnel, I saw that I had to grin and bear it; and the best way to get through this was to completely separate it from the source material. The only reason I liked last year's Friday the 13th was because I treated it as a completely new character, with no connection whatsoever to the original franchise. With that said, the original Clash of the Titans was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so while I still wasn't too crazy about this one getting rebooted, I decided I might as well see what kind of damage has been done. All things considered, it could have been worse.
Review by Crispy
Added: April 07, 2010
The plot has been completely retooled here. The gods of Olympus, ruled by Zeus, created mankind long ago so they could be worshiped; it's this love that feeds their immortality. However, as the Gods have taken advantage of this status quo and mistreated humanity, man has begun to turn on the gods. The city of Agos, ruled by King Cepheus, has gone so far as to actively defy the gods, destroying a giant statue of Zeus before being attacked by Hades himself. Naturally, the gods are incensed at this, and Hades appears before the army of Agos, announcing that due to their insolence he will release the Kraken, a fearsome sea monster he created eons before, to destroy their city, unless the beautiful princess, Andromeda, is sacrificed. During Hades' attack, a man that was picked up at the colossus named Perseus is revealed to be a demigod, the son of Zeus himself. When his mother's husband, King Acrisius, finds out what Zeus has done, he had mother and child cast out to sea in a coffin, where Perseus was taken in by a humble fisherman and his wife. Since this adopted family was killed in Hades attack, Perseus has a personal vendetta against Hades, who likewise has ulterior motives regarding his place in the Pantheon, and sets out with the best warriors of Agos' army to find a way to defeat the Kraken, save Agos, and avenge his family.
As I watched this, it quickly became apparent that the writers and director attached to this completely missed the boat on what made the first movie so magical. All of the battles are quick, shaky cam affairs with an overabundance of CGI, and most of them end with blatant examples of deus ex machina. There's certainly entertainment in these scenes, but absolutely no substance. Perhaps the biggest grievance in this department is the battle with Medusa. In 1981, Medusa was slow and deadly, in a dark, decrepit temple. The entire scene was incredibly creepy and well shot, and even though the creature was made of clay it sends chills up your spine every time. This time, Medusa is large, insanely quick, and is constantly laughing at our would-be heroes. The fight itself is like all the others. Fast, shaky, and while it was kind of fun to watch, but had absolutely no emotion behind it. The same can be said of the role of Andromeda. 1981's character has been split into two characters, the princess that we see for less than fifteen minutes, and Io, a clairvoyant who shows up suddenly and joins Perseus on his quest. The problem is we really don't give much of a damn about either woman. The same goes for Acrisius, who essentially takes the place of Calibos. We don't see Calibos' life before his transformation, but we know that it completely tore his life apart. There's a level of characterization that Acrisius just doesn't have. Like everything else, these characters exist solely to move the plot forward without having much effect on the audience.
I'm not sure where Sam Worthington came from, but he appeared in Terminator: Salvation, an average film at best, and all of a sudden he's popping up everywhere; and he really doesn't need to be. Between his acting and what the scriptwriters did to him, Perseus was a sad sight to behold here. Worthington didn't give a bad performance per se, just a boring one. He doesn't have the charisma to warrant his sudden boost. As for the other problems, well they turned Perseus into a overly proud pain in the ass, who spent more time whining about how gods killed everyone he loved and how he refused to be one himself. After awhile you really get tired of hearing it. Ralph Fiennes' Hades was completely overblown, walking around hunched over and talking in a hoarse whisper. While that's probably more the fault of the director than the actor, it's still annoying. Same with Liam Neeson as Zeus. Neeson's performance wasn't bad, but the character was awful. He spent more time whining about how he loved mankind and they hated him in return; this is a far cry from the wrathful Zeus that I remember reading about as a child. Nobody else gets enough screen time to actually matter, although Mads Mikkelsen was quite good as the captain of Agos' army.
As a remake, Clash of the Titans 2010 is absolute shit, but on it's own merits it'll serve up mindless entertainment for two hours. It's a pure popcorn action flick, and while I don't regret seeing it, chances are I'll never watch it again either. If you are going to see it, you'll probably enjoy it better in the theater, but make sure you catch a matinee, as it's certainly not worth a full priced ticket. 6/10, and that would most likely be a lot lower if I didn't watch it on the big screen.
- added 04/08/2010, 02:25 PM
I agree with most of this review. I watched this
in 3D and I wouldn't have done it any other way.
I feel like it was made to be viewed that way and
was incredibly visually entertaining, but nothing
more. I too will never see this again, but it was
pretty much what I expected. The acting was flat,
the story has almost nothing to do with actual
mythology (which is also true of the original),
and the CGI and shaky-cam were way over used. I
am glad that Sam Worthington serves his only
purpose well. Which, is that he's hot, unlike
Harry Hamlin. Although, that's pure opinion.
Plus, I also appreciated that Mt. Olympus didn't
look like a discotech and they only briefly
mention the robotic owl, but what was with the
Gods wearing suits of armor or the Kraken being
much more than a squid or everyone in Greece
having an Australian, English or Scottish accent?
Yeah, this movie has a bunch of flaws, but as I
said, it's great eye candy. If you have any
interest in this movie at all, I recommend the 3D
- added 04/08/2010, 04:35 PM
"the Kraken being much more than a
squid" They basically took the traditional
Kraken and the Kraken from the original Clash of
the Titans and fused them. I actually liked that
- added 04/08/2010, 09:27 PM
Uhhh... really? To me it looked like the
classic-Kraken with less definition had fucked
- added 04/08/2010, 09:57 PM
Recommend the 3D version? Are you kidding? There
was 3, maybe 4 moments that actually had some 3D
value. The rest was terrible and out-of-focus.
Avatar. That was great in 3D. This was atrocious.
I kept taking my glasses off and was able to see
the movie totally fine. Not worth extra money, at
- added 04/09/2010, 01:59 PM
No, I'm not kidding. I didn't pay anything extra
(I hate theaters that do that) and it's probably
the best 3D movie I've seen in the last 5 years
(didn't see Avatar and never will). The intro
with the cosmos was fantastic, there was
constantly shit coming at you and the end credits
fly at your face. If I had seen this the standard
way I wouldn't have anything positive to say about
it, but in 3D, like I said, at least there was eye
- added 05/02/2010, 09:05 PM
Saw it in 2d so cant comment on the 3d aspect.
As far as the movie goes it doesent have the same
feel as the old one. Its a good action CGI movie
but other than that dont expect much. The movie
moves fast and has little to no character
- added 07/31/2010, 01:30 AM
I wanted to give this movie a chance, but this
shit was horrible. I really don't understand what
people see in Sam Worthington. 3/10