Friday, April 2, 2010

Review: Clash of the Titans

Grade: B+

In ancient Greece, the people have become upset with the gods as they feel the gods have turned their backs on them. A large group of soldiers from Argo have made it their mission to challenge the gods by destroying statues and temples. Well, the gods have heard them and have decided to fight back. Perseus was a humble fisherman with his adoptive parents until Hades attacked a group of soldiers who destroyed the statue of Zeus and in turn killed Perseus’ parents. Perseus soon after discovers that he is the son of Zeus and is therefore a demigod. Zeus and the other gods decide to remind the humans who is in charge by challenging the city of Argos to sacrifice their beloved princess or they will release the Kraken, a horrifying monster that killed the Titans, upon their city. Perseus, angry with Hades and the other gods, decides to take it upon himself to take on the gods, kill the Kraken and kill Hades himself.

I am a huge fan of Greek mythology and this movie really has fun with it. I also happen to be a moderate fan of the original 1981 movie of the same name. I have to admit, the new version is far superior to the original. The new Clash of the Titans is far more exciting and far less cheesy. The monsters look better and more realistic and are more terrifying. This version is just fun to watch. The action is awesome and fun to watch and it has just the right amount of humor mixed in with it all. It also features a great throwback to the original at one point, see if you can catch it. Director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Transporter 2) did a great job revamping this movie, better than I was expecting it to be.

Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation) plays the lead role of Perseus, son of Zeus. Worthington’s career is exploding right now and for good reason, he’s pretty good with these action movies. He really does a great job as Perseus in this movie. Liam Neeson (Taken, Batman Begins) plays the role of Zeus, king of the gods. He did a great job with the role and the effects made him look rather god like, the only problem I had was his unkempt beard, it just looked weird at times. Ralph Fiennes (In Bruges, Red Dragon) plays Hades, god of the underworld. Fiennes did a great job with this role, especially portraying Hades hatred of his brothers for making him ruler of the underworld. Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, RockNrolla) plays Io, a woman cursed with eternal life who watches over Perseus. Arterton was really enjoyable in this role and her career is beginning to take off as well. The movie also features Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos, Mads Mikkelsen, Danny Huston and Pete Postlethwaite.

If you are a fan of the original, a fan of greek mythology or just a fan of action movies, go see Clash of the Titans, it is a lot of fun. I will recommend you don’t waste your money on seeing it in 3D. This movie was not intended to be in 3D but after the success of Avatar, the studio forced it to be put in 3D, quickly. As a result I hear that the 3D is unimpressive and just not worth the extra money.

Great quote: “One day, somebody’s got to make a stand. One day, somebody’s got to say enough.”

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