Rated: PG-13 some frightening images, fantasy action violence and brief sensuality Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 2, 2010 Released by: Warner Brothers
With a reasonable cast and the ability to do special effects far better than in 1981, we expect this 2010 version to tower over the Harry Hamlin (Perseus) performance of thirty years ago. But a drab screenplay by Travis Beacham, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi along with ineffective 3D production has produced a sleeper of a film. Sleeper in the mode of falling asleep during the film.
There is plenty of action but its use is so constant no room remains for even a thread of a story. The 1981 version itself was not a brilliant work but Ray Harryhausen’s special effects were startling back then. Today we expect special effects and 3D that enhance the story not detract from the flow of the many twists of the Gods as they attempt to gain one up-manship from each other and control the mortals on Earth.
Gimmicks like placing Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) tied to a ramp which a giant monster of all monsters can claim her is just a copy of good old King Kong, and watching Perseus ride off on Pegasus the wing horse remind us of the Lone Ranger at the end of each of his episodes.
Sam Worthington (Perseus) gives us very little emotion as he travels around battling various villains and monsters. His only interesting encounter is with Medusa who has become nothing more than a head filled with snakes and a body that is a snake. While Liam Neeson (Zeus) attempts to fight off Ralph Fiennes (Hades) he is torn between crushing humans and being a benevolent god. Perseus adds to the problem because he is half human and half god. While Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) offers herself up to the crowd to save lives, she is shun by the other gods who find her position in modern terms (a bleeding heart liberal). Lo (Gemma Artenton) follows Perseus but needs supernatural help to stay alive.
The added in 3D has such limited effect the 2D version will be just as viable to watch and it costs less. While the film is filled with action the excess of battle scenes drains the creditability and becomes opposite to its purpose, it is a dulling factor that nearly puts us off.
Clash of the Titans has too much clash to be a titan of a film.
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