Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Dip your ladle in the river known as Greek Mythology and you’re sure to draw a good story each and every time. These fantasy tales of gods, adventure, and betrayal are screaming out to be translated onto the big screen. The makers of the original 1981 “The Clash of the Titans” heard that cry and went for it – only to fall a tad short. Fortunately, with the improvement of cinematography and the creation of CGI, the movie was due for a face-lift.
Enter Louis Leterrier and his interpretation of the action-packed legend. With a trailer that played up the 3D effects and an A-list cast including Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes, “Titans” looked to be an epic blockbuster.
Worthington plays a simple fisherman, Perseus, whose family is tragically killed by Hades, the god of the underworld. Perseus seeks revenge against the gods, only to learn that his father is Zeus – which makes Perseus a demigod. He struggles with this newfound identity, desiring to seek justice for his family by his human strength alone. However, when Hades and Zeus hatch a plot to teach mankind a lesson and drive them back to the gods, Perseus’ journey proves to be very difficult. With the help of his friends and his newly discovered powers, the hero embarks on an adventure to defeat the gods and save countless lives in the process.
“The Clash of the Titans” has the right formula; unfortunately, the product tastes half-baked. Since there is so much action in the storyline, there is almost zero resting time to catch your breath and emotionally connect with a character. While Greek Mythology contains a universe where anything is possible, the movie seems to take advantage of this too much, resulting in wild scenario after wild scenario, with little or no build-up in between. While I didn’t view this movie in 3D (which garnered heavy criticism), the graphics of the 2D version weren’t outstanding, which was a major disappointment.
On the positive side, the movie is well cast and the directing is solid. The end battle scene is perhaps the best part of the movie, but I wish the rest of the project matched up. The content also has to be commended for only 4 uses of profanity, a mildly sensual scene, and average stylized-action violence; pretty good for a PG-13 by today’s standards.
“The Clash of the Titans” obviously supersedes its predecessor. And while the film may not be as “epic” as “The Lord of the Rings” or “Troy,” it still packs a decent punch and its plentiful graphics will probably do best on Blu-Ray.