Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Action,Adventure,Drama Clash of the Titans (2010)

Clash of the Titans (2010)

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Sam Worthington is back in his third straight big budget, massive special effects blockbuster. This time he is Perseus, a sword swinging, mortal saving warrior from Greek mythology, in Clash of the Titans, a remake of the classic 1981 film with the same title.

The Greek gods, lead by Zeus (Liam Neeson), are angry with the humans because they feel they are not getting enough respect and worship from the people they created. Humans, on the other hand, are displeased with the gods because they feel they are mistreated by them and they are about to stage a revolution.

Zeus’s despised brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes), The God of the Underworld, appears at Mount Olympus to tell Zeus he has a solution to this problem. If Zeus will allow him, he will severely punish the humans, who will in return give Zeus and the other gods the admiration they so passionately desire. While the other gods disapprove, Zeus agrees to Hades plan.

Perseus was found at sea in a coffin as a baby by Spyros (Peter Postlethwaite, Alien 3), a fisherman, who decides to take him home and raise him as his son. One day while out fishing, Perseus, Spyros and the rest of their family find themselves stuck in the middle of a battle between Hades and the humans. As a result, Hades sinks their boat and Perseus is the only one to survive. 

Eventually, Hades confronts the current king and queen and gives them an ultimatum; sacrifice their daughter Princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos, Defiance) in 10 days or he’ll release the Kraken, a giant sea-monster about the size of 10 Empire State Buildings, to destroy humankind.

Seeking revenge against Hades, Perseus stands up and tells the king he is willing to fight the Kraken. He is joined by a group of motley men lead by Draco (Danish superstar Mads Mikkelsen, Casino Royale), a man with the strength of a 100 men, and Lo (Gemma Arterton, Quantum of Solace), a woman who has watched over Perseus his whole life.

Clash of the Titans has a little bit of everything for its viewers. There is plenty of action as Perseus battles tank-sized scorpions and the legendary snake-head herself, Medusa. There is romance between Perseus and Lo. There is comedy thanks to Solon (Liam Cunningham, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) and two meat-head brothers Ozal (Ashraf Barhom, The Kingdom) and Kucuk (Mouloud Achour). There is fantasy with creepy looking witches and magic-wielding sand people.

Louis Leterrier is no stranger to directing special effects extravaganzas. He directed 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Leterrier does a terrific job at combining all the elements discussed above into one truly entertaining movie. With a reported $70 million budget, the costumes, sets and effects are all first rate.

While Clash of the Titans is loosely based on Greek mythology, Aeon Fluxwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, along with Travis Beacham, smoothly add in their own material that serves as a nice compliment to the classic Greek tales.

Sam Worthington brings a ruggedness to Perseus that was lacking in Harry Hamlin’s 1981 performance. While Sam seems like a natural in the action scenes, when he is called upon to actually act, he comes up short.

Liam Nesson is solid and Ralph Fiennes is excellent. Mads Mikkelsen is as strong as marble. Gemma Arterton and Alexa Davalos are beautiful, but they are not given much of a chance to show if they are more than just a pretty face.

Even though their roles were brief, Liam Cunningham, Ashraf Barhom and Mouloud Achour were really funny when they were given the opportunity.

While Clash of the Titans is probably destined to be remembered as nothing more than a big action flick, with a lot of fancy special effects, I found it to be exciting and full of energy.

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