Clash of the Titans (2010)

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Clash of the Titans (2010)
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"Release the Kraken!" -Zeus
Genre: Action
Fantasy
Directed By: Louis Leterrier
Produced By: Basil Iwanyk
Kevin De La Noy
Richard D. Zanuck
Written By: Travis Beacham
Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Based On: Clash of the Titans by Beverley Cross
Starring: Sam Worthington
Gemma Arterton
Mads Mikkelsen
Alexa Davalos
Ralph Fiennes
Liam Neeson
Cinematography: Peter Menzies Jr.
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: April 2, 2010 (United States)
Runtime: 108 minutes
Country: United States
Australia
Language: English
Budget: $125 million
Box Office: $493.2 million
Sequel: Wrath of the Titans

Clash of the Titans is a 2010 fantasy film, which is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, both of which are loose retellings of the Greek legend of Perseus. The film stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Alexa Davalos, Natalia Vodianova, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen.

Plot

Perseus (Sam Worthington), who is the son of the god Zeus (Liam Neeson), finds himself caught in a war between gods and mortals, in which Hades (Ralph Fiennes), lord of the underworld, kills his family. With nothing left to lose, Perseus leads a war band on an adventure to prevent Hades from overthrowing Zeus and destroying the world.

Why It Sucks

  1. Eye-bleedingly bad 3D conversion. This was caused by the production team ordering the 3D conversion to be done in 2 weeks.
  2. Weak acting. For example, Liam Neeson as Zeus makes him looks like he's been drinking.
  3. Wooden characters. They have about as much depth as a brick wall and are unrelatable and have no similarities to their original incarnations.
  4. The only gods who get much dialogue are Zeus and Hades. Some get only one line of dialogue-such as Poseidon-others just mill about.
  5. The romance between Perseus and Io. Last time we checked, he married Andromeda in the original.
  6. Poor CGI.
  7. Desperate Snyderesque attempts at being a darker version of the original.
  8. Weak script.
  9. Despite being the main hero of the film, Perseus more acts like an anti-hero than his original counterpart.
  10. Poor grasp of the source material from the 1981 classic.
  11. SUPER anticlimactic ending, being that Perseus just passes unharmed in front of the Kraken and shows it Medusa's head, petrifying it in an instance.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The inclusion of Athene's owl from the original movie was a nice nod.
  2. Ramin Djawadi's score is good.
  3. It's almost not a rehash of the original.
  4. "Release the Kraken!"
  5. The Kraken scene is probably the best part of the entire movie.
  6. The trailer edit to match of Used's "Bird and The Worm" was good.

Reception

The film was poorly recieved by critics, particularly for the flat characters, use of 3D and divergences from the originl film and myth. The film's tag line "Titans will Clash" also attracted criticism, but the trailer, set to the Used's "Bird and The Worm" was praised. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 27% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 263 reviews with an average rating of 4.32/10. The website's critical consensus states, "An obviously affectionate remake of the 1981 original, Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans doesn't offer enough visual thrills to offset the deficiencies of its script.". On Metacritic, the film was assigned a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 37 reviews from mainstream critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".

The movie suffered after being converted to 3D post-production. In an interview, director Louis Leterrier disowned the movie, calling it "famously rushed and famously horrible" and that "I was a good boy, I rolled with the punches and everything, but it's not my movie".

Trivia

  • A tie-in video game was released in May 2010. Like the film, the game received poor reviews.
  • In 2012, a sequel entitled Wrath of the Titanswas released. Like this film, it flopped at the box office and received poor reviews. A third film Revenge of the Titans was planned, but because of Wrath's poor critical reception, box-office returns, and very little ideas, it was later cancelled.
  • In the film, Danae, Perseus's mother, is the wife of king Acrisius. In classical mythology, she was Acrisius's daughter, and Zeus impregnated her as gold rain.
  • In one scene, the Hydra and Nemean lion are mentioned. In classical mythology, these monsters were killed by Hercules, Zeus's son and Perseus's half-brother.
  • In classical mythology, Io was a lover of Zeus, who he turned into a cow to keep her safe from his wife Hera.

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