Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans

Rehash of the Titans, an epic mistake. - simonconnolly

10 Points

Viewer Rating:simonconnolly has rated Clash of the Titans rating: 1 Star

I have always been against remakes, reboots and re-imaginings and never give them a chance. Once I hear a word starting with re and a familiar title I lose interest in the film completely. But when I heard 1981 film Clash of the Titans was the next film to fall victim to Hollywoods recent loss of originality I wasn't as annoyed as usual. The reason being the original was quite simply dreadful. It was unbelievably dull and I'm actually suprised someone could watch it and think they could make a decent film from the material. But with the CGI technology we have today and a fantastic cast attached to the film it did have the potential. But potential is all it has as the final product is just as dull and outright useless as the original.

Clash of the Titans is an Olympus set epic about Perseus, the bastard son of Zeus who is raised by a poor fisherman. Then underworld tough guy Hades convinces Zeus that Argos should be punished for not respecting the Gods. The only way for Argos to escape their punishment is to sacrifice the Kings daughter Andromeda, leading Perseus to fight back to save the girl.

So with the story there's a lot to take in and a lot of really long and stupid names to remember. They use flashbacks, narration and all that to explore the characters but there is quite simply too many characters and back stories which make the first half of the film extremely hectic. This first part of the movie is also entirely without action of any form which was surprising considering it is the director of The Incredible Hulk and Transporter 2 behind the camera here.

The special effects are generally quite impressive and the action scenes are entertaining enough. There are one or two for which I would even go as far to say were good but the 3D was awful in them. The film wasn't actually filmed using the all new 3D technology but instead was added afterwards, more than likely the big studio heads jumping on the Avatar bandwagon. I think this decision by the studio made me further dislike the film. Every day I hear about another film being made in 3D and these extremely dull films doing great business thanks to 3D being slapped on top of it will lead to more of these films. I don't like 3D by the way and fear that soon everything will be in 3D and just 3D. This'll never happen but I'm still afraid it will.

And it is extremely obvious that the 3D was included after filming finished and it was clearly done quite swiftly. Almost nothing pops out to give you that cheap thrill. The action scenes contain the only moments of the film where the 3D is even noticeable. In these scenes however the 3D makes thing impossible to follow. If you thought Transformers 2 was bad then you will really hate this. Nothing is clear and the studios desperate need for more money ruined the only decent parts of the film.

The film is also incredibly inaccurate. I briefly studied Greek Mythology a few years ago and this was one of the things I remember learning about. Clash of the Titans has the kinds of absurdity and historical inaccuracy that we previously saw in the likes of 300 but not the style to pull it off. I can forgive films being historically wrong once they are at least entertaining. This unfortunately is not one of those films.

The cast of the film are all surprisingly really dreadful. Sam Worthington is particularly terrible as lead character Perseus. He is an unbelievably boring actor and I am yet to see him give a good performance in a good film. The only thing worse than the films he's been in lately ie Avatar, Terminator Salvation has been him. I really cannot understand how he has become so popular as he is one of the worst actors I've ever seen in a big Hollywood film. He can't act, delivers tons of cliched lines and stupid, unnecessary and out of place puns over and over again. Even Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and John Huston are dreadful. It says a lot when exceptional Hollywood actors are really bad in films. None of them suit their roles and can't hide this fact with their displays.

So all in all Clash of the Titans is an extremely dull, slow paced and visually chaotic film. The 3D is a mess and ruins the action scenes which were the only hope for saving the film. I would not even slightly recommend this film no matter how much you like Greek Mythology, 3D or the films cast. The reviews have given it pretty decent reviews so far but I thought this was shockingly awful.

Review published on the 07 April 2010 23:51

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