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

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Critics are pretty much divided over the recent remake of Clash of the Titans.  Some loved it and some hated it.  I’m pretty much on the love side of the fence.  I’m a big fan of the original Clash of the Titans having seen it as a kid in 1981.  It was the best Greek Mythology-based movie that I’ve ever seen since then.  It might be due to a combination of being a kid at that time and the stop-motion animation magic of Ray Harryhausen.

Now fast forward to 2010.  I’ve just seen the remake and I still love it.  In fact, I enjoyed the film so much that I’ve watched it twice in a row!  Never mind what the critics say, I’m open to plot alteration, as long as the fun is still intact.  And that’s what I felt during and after watching the movie – FUN!

Sam Worthington seems to be the goto guy for all things action nowadays, having starred in two big movies recently (Terminator and Avatar).  In those two movies he played a half-man, half-something.  In Terminator he was the half-man, half-cyborg Marcus Wright.  In Avatar, he was the half-man, half-Navi Jake Sully.  In Clash, he played the half-man, half-god Perseus.  I see a trend developing here.

Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, together again after Schindler’s list, delivered some of the best performances in the film as Zeus and Hades respectively.  Danny Huston, as Poseidon, had so little involvement here that it was almost  a waste of talent.  Hopefully, he would get a bigger role in the sequel.

Directed by Louis Letterier, of The Incredible Hulk and Transporter 2 fame, some of the original plot elements are still intact and some have been rearranged here and there and some have been altered completely.  Perseus is still on a quest to destroy the Kraken.  I guess most of the negativity towards Clash is centered on Perseus’ motivation and plot alteration.  In the original, he wanted to defeat the Kraken to save the love of his life Andromeda.  The motivation here is love.  In the remake, he wanted to defeat the Kraken in order to exact revenge upon Hades who caused the death of his parents and sister.  The motivation here is revenge.  The love angle between Perseus and Andromeda was non-existent as wells.  And that did not sit well with others.

But still, the bottom line in every movie I watch is if there is still the fun factor or not. And, at least for me, the fun factor is still there in the remake.  I enjoyed following Perseus as he embarked on his quest, along with some Argos soldiers, to defeat the Kraken.  The battle with Calibos was fast and brutal but the big battle with the scorpion is the most exciting and somehow reminded me of the battle with Scorponok in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  Everyone got involved in this with not a few soldiers perishing.  Draco, the leader of the Argos soldiers, had a passing resemblance to The Rock that I’m almost waiting for him to do the people’s eyebrow.  Later on, I’ve learned that Draco was played by Mads Mikkelsen who played Bond’s nemesis Le Chiffre in Casino Royale.  Accompanying the battle-hardened soldiers, was Io played by the lovely Gemma Arterton, another Bond alum (QoS).  Io was a new character to the remake and having been cursed with agelessness, she had acted as a watcher for Perseus ever since he was a kid.

The journey to the Stygian witches was almost an exact copy of the original.  It still ended with Perseus hurling their precious eye in the cave that left the witches scrambling for it.  This reminded me of a scene in 300 where Leonidas consulted the Oracle.

The most exciting part of the movie for me was the hunt for Medusa.  I remember watching the original in 1981, that as a kid, I was so frightened with Medusa that I even closed my eyes when her face was focused on the screen, just to be on the safe side.  Now with some great CG, they have once again captured that Medusa mystique.  The look on Medusa’s face when the Djinn exploded while trapped in her tail – PRICELESS!  BTW, a bit of trivia.  Medusa’s face was based on Natalia Vodianova’s likeness.  Imagine, the angelic face of Natalia on the monstrous Medusa – ultimate irony!

In the end, Perseus was able to complete his quest and opened the way for a possible sequel.  The changes in the story and the ending might offend some purists but for those fans of the action/adventure genre and Greek Mythology, this new Clash of the Titans would not disappoint.

5 thoughts on “Clash of the Titans (2010)”

  1. I once again agree with you, I just recently watched the original and loved it and this new one I thought was just as good if not better. I saw it in 2D and am planning on going to see it in 3D

  2. I saw it in 2D too and hoping to see it in 3D. I loved both versions of Clash of the Titans — the old and the new. And I’ve read that they’ve already greenlit the sequel so I’m one happy fan!

  3. The movie was fun to watch, however, Sam Worthington’s acting was way too rigid and emotionless. Like he was exhausted from doing Avatar. Which, I liked his performance in much better than I did Clash of the Titans. I grew up watching Jason and the Argonauts, and the Sinbad films, and I did see Clash of the Titans back in 1981 at the theaters, and I must say, that the 1981 version left me disappointed. Stop motion animation had improved between the Jason and Sinbad films and Clash, however, not by much. Harry Hamlin who played Perseus in the 81 version went on, not to action film super stardom, but on to LA Law. I still think the movie is fun for the action junkies, has just enough story for the adventure junkies, but in no way is a great movie.

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