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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Special Effects, Short On Story, April 2, 2010
This review is from: Clash of the Titans (DVD)
Never mind that Clash of the Titans play fast and loose with the mythological story of Perseus. Never mind that Medusa wasn't a Titan. Never mind that the Kraken is from Scandinavian mythology, and that casting Lawrence Olivier as Zeus in the 1981 version was sort of typecasting.

The new Clash of the Titans is a darker, grittier more realistic Bronze age world than the 1981 version, but the story hasn`t changed all that much. The citizens of Argos have become disenchanted with the rule of the Gods. The Gods have caused too much chaos and ruin to their lives so they've decided to take their destinies into their own hands, and destroy the temples and statues of the Gods. In doing so, Perseus'(Sam Worthington) family is killed by a falling statue of Zeus. When Zeus (Liam Neeson) learns of the desecration urged on by Hades (Ralph Fiennes), he decides to destroy the city in four days or they can offer the sacrifice of the King of Argos' daughter Andromeda (Alexa Davalos). In a visit to the throne room of Argos, Hades lets it slip that Perseus is a son of Zeus, a demi-god. Being told of his near divinity, Perseus and a group of soldiers go off on their quest to save the city.

The special effects are great! The monsters look real and the characters realistically interact with them. In 3D the water roiling off the undulating tentacles of the Kraken must look really cool! The problem is they shortchanged the story in favor of the special effects. The story only follows the barest of outlines of the myth. Same with the 1981 version, although it's a little more faithful to the myth. The most glaring lapse is there really isn't any reason for Perseus to save Argos. In the myth his reason to save the city is for the love of Andromeda. In this version he's a stranger to Argos and doesn't fall in love with Andromeda. She's barely a consideration until she's needed to be sacrificed to the Kraken. The only reason he seems to take up the quest is because he's the nearest handy demi-god that can help out. Worthington's Perseus doesn't seem very heroic, there doesn't seem to be any emotional investment in Perseus in either the quest or the surrounding characters. Most of the time he has a stoically sullen, put upon attitude, and this keeps the audience at arms length from the character. He doesn`t seem to embrace the heroic at all. Yes, he kills the monsters, but the tasks he must accomplish like tricking the Stygian witches and figuring out how to survive the encounter with Medusa, he seems to accomplish almost by accident. It seems that Perseus isn't meant to be heroic. he repeatedly says he wants "to do this (the quest) as man, not a God," and he keeps refusing the gifts of the Gods. The message in the myth is for mortals to find the divine, to find the god, the hero within themselves, Perseus' refusal of the gifts of the Gods, is the refusal to find the hero within himself.

The 1981 version, although a bit campy in it's delivery tells the hero's story better. The 2010 version delivers better on the special effects. If such a thing were possible as to merge the strengths of both, you would have a better movie.

DVD Bonus Features: The only bonus features offered with the DVD are deleted scenes.
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Initial post: Apr 3, 2010, 7:23:55 AM PDT
Excellent review.
I was generous and gave it one more star. LOL.
But you're right, this version could have used a little less action and more story.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2010, 7:33:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2010, 7:34:55 AM PDT
Jym Cherry says:
Thank you Brian. I went with my sister & she only gave it 2 stars. The effects were great that's what got it 1 more star than my sister.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010, 10:37:54 AM PDT
Liam Foley says:
Although I really enjoyed this remake because I am a special effects junkie I do agree with your review! I especially agree that the story elements of the first film combined with the special effects and realism of the second movie would have made a better film overall.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010, 6:39:02 PM PDT
Marcy G. says:
Great review, Jym. I was so looking forward to this movie, having been a huge fan of the 1980s version. I was very disappointed in all the changes. I completely agree with the glaring fault: the lack of motivation for Perseus to save Argos from the Kraken. What was the point of the entire quest? In the end it was all for naught. And did I mention that I HATED the ending? No Perseus and Andromeda? Hated it.

Great job in hitting the nail on the head with this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2010, 7:38:13 PM PDT
Jym Cherry says:
Thank you Marcy!
Glad you liked the review, to bad we couldn't have liked the movie! I was looking forward to seeing it.

Best!
Jim

Posted on Jun 26, 2010, 6:05:28 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 26, 2010, 6:10:57 PM PDT
JLS says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2010, 10:44:10 PM PDT
DJ Deathwish says:
Seriously JLS? WTF

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2010, 11:57:44 AM PDT
bdp2166 says:
The point was that killing the Kraken would put Perseus one step closer to his revenge on Hades.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010, 10:34:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2010, 10:35:29 PM PDT
Paulo says:
I like the new version better.The old 80's classic was great when it first came to out.But it was old school movie making.I embrace the new technology.I enjoy watching it at the theatre in 3D.
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