Clash Of The Titans – Movie Review
Synopsis: The mortal son of the god Zeus embarks on a perilous journey to stop the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens.
Quite often when a remake comes out it is either not as good as the original or it is a box office flop. With Clash Of The Titans the rule is quite the opposite.
The plot is fairly engaging. The only flaw in the movie is its pace as parts of the movie seem rushed.
The film stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, and Gemma Arteron as Io (Perseus’ guardian angel). Each of these actors did their job to their best. There are a few parts were the acting could’ve used some work.
As the film opens, the infant Perseus and his dead mother Danaë bubble up from the depths of the ocean in a wooden casket. An ordinary fisherman, Spyros (Pete Postlethwaite), saves Perseus. He raises the lad as his own flesh and blood. Perseus knows he is an orphan, but Spyros loves him. Otherwise, Perseus knows nothing else about himself. In this version, Zeus impregnates King Acrisius’ wife and Acrisius sets them adrift. Perseus grows up and witnesses greater momentous events. Zeus (Liam Neeson) created mankind so that human prayers would fuel the immortality of the deities. Unfortunately, mankind has grown weary of the Greek gods atop Mount Olympus, and King of Argos demolishes a towering statue of Zeus. After the monument falls into the sea, the God of the Underworld, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), unleashes gargoyles and even puts in an appearance, too. Hades creates a disturbance that sinks Spyros’ ship, sending it to the bottom and drowning his entire family. Perseus survives this debacle and swears vengeance against Hades.
In the palace of Argos, Hades reappears, wipes out the palace guard, and informs King that Perseus is a demigod. Furthermore, as punishment for their blasphemous behavior, Hades plans to turn the Kraken loose on Argos and destroy the city in 10 days unless the King sacrifices his beautiful daughter, Andromeda (Alexa Davalos), who is willing to die for the populace. Hades is angry because Zeus tricked him into presiding over the underworld. At one point, Zeus ordered Hades to create a monster that would destroy the Titans, the ancestors of Zeus and company, and Hades created the Kraken.
The King of Argos persuades Perseus to lead an expedition to consult the Stygian Witches about the power of the Kraken. The Stygian Witches—blind hags with a single eye between them–explain that only the Medusa can destroy the Kraken. The Medusa, however, doesn’t make house calls. We learn about the Medusa’s origins and how she was punished for having sex with an Olympian god. When you see the Medusa, you’ll understand why she doesn’t get out often. One big difference between the original and the remake is Perseus lands a new romantic interest, Io (Gemma Arterton) who also serves as his guardian, replaces Andromeda. In the original, Perseus had 30 days to save Princess Andromeda and marry her. Meanwhile, Hades returns to the underworld and gives Acrisius a new lease on life to kill Perseus.
Rarely do remakes surpass the original, but “Clash of the Titans” makes an exception. “Clash of the Titans” is a good adventure and our heroes face some rather awesome adversaries.
Clash Of The Titans – Movie Trailer
Posted on April 18, 2010, in Movie Reviews and tagged Argos, Clash Of The Titans, Gemma Arteron, Hades, Harry Hamlin, Io, Kraken, Liam Neeson, Louis Leterrier, Perseus, Ralph Fiennes, Sam Worthington, Zeus. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.