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Clash Of The Titans (2010)
DAMN THE GODS!
"One day, somebody is going to have to take a stand. Someday, someone is going to have to say enough.", as Perseus (Sam Worthington) eloquently put it in this epic remake of "Clash of the Titans." For those expecting this new movie to be one hundred percent faithful to the original story, then you'll probably be disappointed. Instead of merely retelling the story of how Perseus not only risked his life to save the Princess Andromeda, but defeated his half demon brother, Calibos, who was cursed by Zeus in the original story for killing off mystical creatures like the Pegasuses (Horses with wings). In this new interpretation of the story, humanity has suffered under the gods' cruel and eventful tyranny for years. All in attempt to teach humanity the order of things, and to force them worship and pray to the gods like before. For years since Zeus (Liam Neeson) created humans, they were created for one purpose only to feed the gods immortality. According to the remake's story line, without the humans worship and affections, the gods will cease to exist. When the humans start to grow cocky and arrogant knowing this, they decide to defy the gods. As the Queen of Argos arrogantly says, "We are the gods now!" Thus, forcing Zues to let loose his brother, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), upon humanity to remind them of their place. Threatening the King of Argos to sacrifice his daughter, Andromeda (Alexa Davalos), or else Hades would unleash the Kraken. A beast so powerful, that it's said that the Kraken's powers could easily rival the titans that ruled the universe long before the gods. Unknowingly to Zeus, Hades has other plans in mind that could not only potentially destroy Argos and the rest of the world, but all of Olympus as well. For you see, Hades doesn't need humanity's love and worship to live, as he sponges off of their fears and hatred.
Enter the noble hero, Perseus, who starts off as a simple fisherman, who was orphaned as a baby when he was drifted out to sea. Found by a local farmer, who raises him. Unknown to Perseus and even the gods themselves, he is actually the lost son of Zeus. It isn't until later when Hades discovers Perseus' presence in Argos, that the gods become aware of his existence. Needless to say when the King of Argos learns of Perseus' true god-like origins, he requests for his aid to kill the Kraken, before his daughter is forced to be sacrificed to appease the gods. Reluctant about the situation at first, Perseus leads a band of warriors into some of mythologies darkest realms and battles the infamous Medusa, so he can rescue the kingdom and restore order in Argos and in Olympus before it's too late.
Now before I go any further, I will say this. Obviously, like all remakes, the original is always going to be better. Seriously, the only remake I ever saw that broke the rule was Peter Jackson's "King Kong." However, that's like a once in a million type of thing, as I doubt seriously we'll see another remake surpass their originals again. Sadly, "Clash of the Titans" isn't that one of those "one in a million" type films. No, it's just another remake that fails to live up to the original story. The main reason is primarily the story isn't that great, and contains way too many plot holes.
One, if the gods need to rely on humanity's love and affection, then wouldn't it serve them better to like give humanity whatever the heck they wanted? I mean seriously, would you love and worship a person if all they did was treat you like crap all the time? Secondly, if the humans really wanted to defy the gods, then why the heck do they still keep their temples to them? Wouldn't logic dictate that since the gods gain their powers from humans worshiping them, then tearing down their temples to prevent others from giving them strength make a lot of sense? Finally, if Zeus is supposed to be a god and omnipotent, then shouldn't he already know he had a son named Perseus, and not need Hades to tell him he has a son. Indeed, the writer's petty attempt to humanize the gods for the remake was an interesting idea, but it kills most of the mystique of the original. In fact, all it really does is create far too many plot holes, and ruins what used to be a magical story drenched in Greek mythology.
As expected, the CGI is good and certainly lives up to the hype. The visual animations of some of the characters like Medusa, the giant scorpions, and the Kraken were very life like, and integrated with the live action actors quite well. Although the 3-D scenes aren't really that great, as it seems like most of the scenes you can barely even see the 3-D effect. I guess that's what happens when you plan on turning a movie into a 3-D one, at the last minute. For those that don't know, this remake was originally going to be in 2-D only when it was filmed. However, after the roaring success of "Avatar" last year, Warner Bros. decided to turn the film into a 3-D one after the film was already finished. Unfortunately for them, it shows in this movie. As the 3-D is barely even noticeable in this movie, so your probably better off just seeing the regular version.
However, I will say this much. I thought Sam Worthington did a much better job portraying Perseus than Harry Hamlin, in the original. No offense to Harry Hamlin, but I found his performance as the original protagonist a bit stale and often dry. As it seems like he was rarely able to convey any type of genuine emotions on screen during the original film. Where as Sam, although like "Avatar", this film had a lot of bad dialogue for him to work with, but he managed to carry his character quite well, in spite of a mediocre storyline.
Even Liam Neeson does a better job portraying the mighty Zeus, than his original counter part Laurence Olivier. Although I do have a lot of respect for Olivier's body of work, I just found Liam's tough, harsh, narcissistic and arrogant portrayal of the mighty god much more appealing and entertaining.
Overall, I doubt seriously this film will set any standards or be as fondly remembered as the original. However, the special effects are spectacular, and certainly well designed. Sadly, the 3-D effect isn't that great, so most viewers can probably get away with seeing the regular version. Plus, I thought Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, and Liam Neeson do a great job in their perspective roles. Unfortunately, the story leaves a lot to be desired, but it's not a bad film by any means. Just vastly over hyped. "Clash of the Titans" is an average movie at best. A decent action special effects film that will capture your imagination with a lot of eye candy, but I wouldn't expect too much out of it if you're looking for great story content as well.