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Movie Review: Clash of the Titans (2010)

Updated on January 19, 2012

"Release the Kraken!"

This is a remake of a movie of the same name which was released in 1981. As a rule I am not a huge fan of remakes as the studios tend to take liberties with just about every aspect of a story. The ‘updated’ CotT does just that.

The movie is a fun watch and good for a couple hours of popcorn and but don’t look deeper than that. I could go point by point on the differences in the two movies but that alone would equal a book length novel. It’s just as well as the original production team took a lot of liberties with the original myth. For you kiddies out there the story of Perseus bears only slight resemblance to either of these movies.

Being that this is a myth in the first place you can’t really fault the studios for taking artistic (if you want to call it that) license with the plot. After all there is more than one version of the story. Perseus started out with winged shoes, not a flying horse.

Sam Worthington is Perseus the demigod son of Zeus. In my opinion he really doesn’t stand out in this role. Great muscles and a handsome guy, but at Perseus he annoyed me. Clearly he had ‘daddy’ issues. “I want to fight as a man. I don’t want to be a god’ rhetoric got old after the first rendition. Living and growing old as a man is fine in the long run, but if you’re going up against your ‘uncle’ you’re going to need your A-Game. His “I am a man” stubbornness seemed counterproductive particularly when there are prophesies that say you and all your men will die. It just seemed to be a bit ridiculous to me. How do we know he’s the hero? He’s the only one with really short hair. What’s up with that? I think nearly everyone else had dreads even the women.

Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes were case as Zeus and Hades respectively. They look frighteningly alike in this movie. They really could be brothers. According the narration, Zeus tricked Hades into ruling the underworld. What they don’t say is how he did that. But it would explain Hades’ dislike of the other gods. Some people just can’t forgive.

I admit I adore Liam Neeson in just about anything. There is something very noble about him. He plays gods and kings rather well and he’s a handsome devil. However, regardless of my fangirl adoration, as Zeus, he’s pretty weak and not terribly bright to think his sibling might still be a little bit pissed about his cut of the celestial pie. Of course Hades wants revenge and not to mention a bigger chunk of the worship pie on his want list. Ralph Fiennes was rather cool in the role of Hades. He is pretty bitter so this must be before you got Persephone as his part time wife. He’s been playing villains lately in fantasy movies, as I recall wasn’t he Voldemort in the Harry Potter series?

Then we have Calibos who was looking really rough and ugly. He well and truly paid for his mistakes, such as killing his wife and trying to kill her newborn. It does make you wonder a little though that he waited for the baby to be born before tossing the two of them in the deluxe trunk.

I suppose I should mention the female eye candy in the form of Princess Andromeda and Io. Andromeda played by Alexa Davalos didn’t get the story time she needed to make her sympathetic. I liked the actress in Chronicles of Riddick so I know she has talent but Andromeda was rather 2-dimensional. Io played by Gemma Arterton was such an obvious plot device it was grandly painful. She was there to give Perseus his Wiki Info when he needed it on people, places and things. Making her the love interest wasn’t that believable as there really was little to no chemistry between the two.

If you you’re looking to kill a couple hours with a bag of popcorn and a huge box of Milk Duds © then this is the movie for you. It is fun and full of great special effects. I mean how many of you saw the black Pegasus and thought ‘I WANT ONE!’. I know I did. And come on.... who didn't look at the Kraken and expect a second set of teeth to come out of his mouth al la Alien. Admit it. I know you did.

I’ll rate this Fantasy Action movie as 2 out of 4 stars.


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      8 years ago

      You know after I saw this movie in the theaters, I came home and watched the you said...a couple of hours of fun...thanks

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      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      good review

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      Madalain Ackley 

      8 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Thanks for reading. I rented to make sure I wanted to add it to my collection. As corny as the original was it's still a great watch.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Gemsong, I just watched this two nights ago, and I agree with you, I did prefer the original movie, as you say there was something missing, and I didn't like the main character at all, he was very forgetable, I think it is great for kids but i was left wanting more, thanks for the review it was spot on, cheers nell


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