Movie Review: “Clash Of The Titans”

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By Rodger Holsinger

This movie should have been called Skirmish of the Titans, because the mighty have fallen…far.

According to Box Office Mojo, the 2010 release of “Clash of the Titans” earned $61,235,105 in its opening weekend and has earned over $132 million thus fur, but box office proceeds have been declining steadily each weekend.

“Clash of the Titans” begins with the half-god, half-man Perseus (Sam Worthington) surfacing upon the water, and he is saved by a fisherman out at sea and subsequently raised as a fisherman, unaware of his demi-god heritage.  The film then time-lapses to the point when Perseus grows up, and the audience first becomes aware of the war brewing between mankind and the gods.  When the humans defy the gods by destroying their temples and statues, the gods retaliate by demanding that Princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) be sacrificed.  This demand reveals to Perseus his true identity as the son of Zeus and sets the stage for his uncertain quest to find the three witches and save the princess, in rebellion of his father and to prove his humanity.

Unfortunately, the 2010 remake of the 1981 film appears to be hybrid plot of the original 1981 release and the Walt Disney cartoon movie, “Hercules.”  In fact, the plot was so jumbled between “Hercules” and the original “Clash of the Titans,” that it only served to create a lack of substance within the film.  Neither of the meshed plots dominated, and they certainly didn’t complement each other.

The predictable twists and turns unfolded one right after the other, leading up to the expected end where love prevails.  (I believe that the person beside me who took a nap probably woke and still knew exactly what happened and what was going to happen next.) Furthermore, the acting left something to be desired, and I felt as though I was seeing a moving picture book, with people sharing the lines.

The so-called battles should actually be considered skirmishes; half of the warriors died in the first fifteen minutes, and Perseus always knew exactly how to be victorious, be it in battle with giant scorpions, witches, a giant snake named Medusa, or the less than impressive Kraken (as compared to the one created for “Pirates of the Caribbean”).

Still, in the clash of the titanic releases between the original 1981 film and the 2010 remake, the remake steals the stage with its stunning special effects, but the 1981 “Clash of the Titans” holds its own with its  acting and plot.  (According to Box Office Mojo, the original clash of the Titans, raked in $41 million, which would equal about $110 million in today’s market.)

The original “Clash of the Titans” had the typical “hero meets princess and falls in love” plot: when the princess is commanded to be sacrificed to the goddess of love, Perseus sets out on a quest to find a way to save his fair heroine, returning with Medusa’s head and has the typical fairy tale ending. The original film had effects that were…well, sad when compared to today’s standards.  The acting, on the other hand, was good enough to draw you into the film and enjoy the journey.

In my opinion, the 2010 movie was a waste of remake and only deserves to be praised for its special effects, so if you enjoy paying $10 to see a dazzling special effects show this is your movie. However, if you like to see a film, I think my recommendation is summed up best with a quote from Perseus:  “Trust your senses and don’t look this bitch in the eyes.”


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