Clash of The Titans (2010)-English Movie Review

The Clash Of The Titans is a 2010 English movie direcred by Louis Leterrier with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davalos in lead roles. Read the film review at CalcuttaTube.

Clash Of The Titans Review by IANS

Film: ‘Clash of the Titans’;

Director: Louis Leterrier;

Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davalos;

Rating: **

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Right at the beginning of the film, a character says, ‘I am tired of being thankful for scraps.’ One could say the same for 3D Hollywood extravaganza, even though these are but early days of the modern ‘avatar’ of 3D. ‘Clash of The Titans’ is just that, a scrap of a movie, but with elements that could have made it a good film, even if not great.

One thing you got to give the film – its epic setting. What can be greater than the fight between gods and humans with a demigod, best of both humans and gods and the only hope against human annihilation.

Perseus (Sam Worthington), discovered and reared by a fisherman, does not really know that he is a demigod, the son of Zeus himself. Fate draws him into a battle between humans and the gods, which actually is the battle for power between Zeus and his evil, but wronged brother, Hades (Ralph Fiennes). He wants no part of it, but after Hades kills his mortal parents, he wants vengeance.

When Hades threatens to raise the monster Kraken, Perseus agrees to take a perilous journey to get the head of Medusa (Natalia Vodianova), the sight of whose eyes could turn any male into stone. The rest of the film is like Frodo in ‘Lord of the Rings’ taking a dangerous journey during which, like a videogame, he gets gifts from the gods and manages to overcome all obstacles.

Initially refusing to accept who he is, Perseus has no choice but to live his destiny of saving humanity.

Some wise man once said, too many cooks spoil the broth. ‘Clash of The Titans’ is proof. Here is a perfect story, taken from Greek mythology and Warner Bros own previous 1981 version of the film. And it was in 2002 that the process to resurrect the film began but along the way it changed so many hands, so many scriptwriters, that what you see today is a scrap of it all.

The special effects are as good as only Hollywood can deliver. 3D only enhances it. Yet, in the rush to have the best possible effects, the true potential of 3D has not been explored.

You don’t need effect specialists to do justice to 3D. You need a good story, which ‘Titans’ could have been, and a director with a vision. Sadly Louis Leterrier is no James Cameron. What could have been an intelligent (without losing its simplicity) critique of power and its misuse, becomes a special effects joyride, almost looking like a video game in parts, without a soul to call its own.

The latest action hero on the block, Worthington proves himself worthy again, with just the right mix of vulnerability and anger, innocence and handsomeness.

He jumps through blazing embers, half flies through the air sword glistening in hand, gallops down on villains on his flying horse, slices the head of a snake monster without looking in her eyes, and oh, sadly, he does not get to kiss the two beautiful women.

Worthington plays almost the same character in all his three films – an avatar, one who initially does not know who he is, be it as a terminator in T4, or Jake who takes on another form in ‘Avatar’, or as a human who is actually a demigod in this film.

His acting abilities have not yet been tested as much as his muscles. The others in Titan, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes do their job with the diligence they are known for.

It’s a long weekend, with not enough English movies being released. Watch ‘…Titans’ if you don’t mind a mindless movie with great effects.

-IANS

Clas Of The Titans Review by Sampurn Wire

Vervict: Clash of the Titans (2D and 3D)-Popcorn entertainment

Rating: 3 out of 5*

Starring: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Alexa Davalos and Gemma Arterton

Director: Louis Leterrier

The plot of this movie begins in ancient Greek times, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against the gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

First things first, a remake of the 1981 original by the same name is much better than the original version. But as a 3-D version, it’s a non-event, the film having been shot normally and twiddled in post to ride the Avatar wave. It’s effective in a few bits (you can almost smell the Kraken’s breath), but if you take the glasses off it doesn’t make a lot of difference most of the time.

Two things stand-out. The first is Fiennes’s hugely fun turn as a hunchbacked, raspy-voiced, bitter, twisted Hades who turns up in a fireball and a smoking cloak to wreak a spot of havoc, instill terror, make dire pronouncements and such. The on-screen reunion of Neeson and Fiennes echoes their Schindler’s List dynamic, Zeus being all handsome and kind of noble, and Hades all full-tilt nutso. Also good is fragrant Gemma Arterton’s demi-goddess Io being attached to the travelling band of warriors since she serves as a quite useful Voice of Exposition, explaining all sorts of otherwise baffling stuff. Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) sporting a buzz cut and looking more like a US Marine than a Greek seaman fits the part.

When Sam Worthington takes on a giant scorpion, the battle is impressive. The same cannot be said for the other mythological encounters. Many of Leterrier’s monsters look as if they were created for a Wii gaming system and then viewed through a pair of mud-stained sunglasses. The make-believe creatures don’t respond to gravity and clearly look superimposed.

This one is a full-throttle action-adventure, played unapologetically straight. Watch it for fun.

-Sampurn Wire

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