Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Clash of the Titans (2010)

I really had no interest in seeing "Clash of the Titans".  It didn't look that great to me from the trailers and I had only seen bits and pieces of the original.  Because my expectations were so low, the film was better than I thought it was going to be.

Sam Worthington is good in this movie.  It seems like the only movie I don't like him in is "Avatar".  He is really the only interesting character in "Clash of the Titans".  There are other good actors like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes in the picture.  While they looked great playing Zeus and Hades, they just didn't have much to do.

"Clash of the Titans" is a special effects extravaganza.  Most of the time, the effects were good, but some didn't quite work.  The whole Medusa scene was terrible.  She looked horrible and she was not one fraction as terrifying as in the original version.  There are also some long shots of Sam Worthington swimming where he is obviously a special effect.  It didn't quite work.

A few things didn't make sense in the film.  At one point, blood from a villain creates giant scorpions.  With a few magical words, a creature allied with the humans, tames the giant insects.  Our heroes then began to ride them.  I wasn't too keen on that.  Another problem was Zeus.  He is stubborn, a rapist, and a potential destroyer of men.  Yet, at the end of the film, we are supposed to be OK with him.

"Clash of the Titans" is not a perfect movie by any means.  But aside from the problems it does have, the film is quite enjoyable.  It is an epic adventure that never loses its steam.  

B  I recommend it.

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