April 2, 2010 Clash Of The Titans
Studio: Warner Bros. Rating: PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.
Things are not going well in the ancient city of Argos. The people are tired of the way the Greek gods are treating them, so they rebel and vow that the age of man is dawning.
That sets the stage for the "Clash Of The Titans."
Stuck in the middle of this war is the half-mortal son of Zeus. Perseus (Sam Worthington) suffers tremendous tragedy at the hands of the gods when Hades is responsible for killing his family. That sets him on a quest to destroy the denizens of Mount Olympus and end their influence over the Earth forever.
But the gods have an ace up their sleeve. An unbeatable beast lies waiting beneath the ocean floor. Hades (Ralph Fiennes) implores his brother Zeus (Liam Neeson) to use their ultimate weapon, the Kraken.
Thus begins the climactic battle between man and god.
"Clash Of The Titans" isn't a bad sword and sandals epic. The battles are appropriately action-packed, the monsters are hideous and the hero tries to save the day...along with the lovely princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos).
As the story unfolds, I overlooked Perseus going from fisherman to warrior fairly quickly. That's explained by his status as a demi-god.
But his companions don't come off so well. They really get the short end of the stick. The men who accompany Perseus on the journey to find and battle Medusa aren't given much to do.
They are fairly interchangeable and disposable. And disposed of they are, as the troupe encounters several nasty beasts on their quest.
The gods come off a little better. Neeson is a commanding presence as the king of the gods and Fiennes is oily and evil as the lord of the underworld.
However, I have two major concerns.
One, the story feels a little flat. It's amazing to have a picture with this much action to come across as stale. Throughout the story it feels like the actors are just going through the motions to get to the next battle.
Two...and it is my biggest problem...is with the 3-D presentation. "Clash of the Titans" was filmed as a 2-D movie, but in an effort to capitalize on the success of recent films like "Avatar" and "Alice In Wonderland," it was turned into a 3-D feature in post-production.
It just doesn't work.
In many scenes, the 3-D effects are jarring and distracting and they pull you right out of the movie. It would have been much better to just present the story in its originally intended 2-D format.
There is a little lightning and thunder in this clash, but overall, it's more flash than fury.
On my rating scale, "Clash Of The Titans" earns a DOUBLE.
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