Clash of the Titans (2010)

Why fix what was clearly not broken?

Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is thrown into the real-world where Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and his evil ways have seem to take over the rest of the world. To end this all of this pain and suffering throughout the land, Perseus and fellow warriors go on a dangerous mission, where they run into many obstacles along the way. However, seeing that Perseus is indeed Zeus’ (Liam Neeson) son, many of the obstacles can be powered through, except for one. And yes, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Yes, yes, yes! We all know that this movie sucked when it first came out, with post-production 3D and all, but just think about this movie in a different way, if only for a second: Maybe it’s somewhat okay? Alright, maybe that was asking too much but please, do bear with me here as I show you why exactly this flick may not be as bad as people say it is, and say if it is bad, why it is bad in a so-bad-it’s-good-way.

Have I lose anybody yet? Okay, if I have, it’s my fault and my fault alone. But I’m not done here just yet.

The thing about this movie that pissed so many off is the fact that it doesn’t really adhere all that much to the 1981 original. Sure, the story-line and plot-happenings are somewhat the same, but overall, it’s a bit of a different take, with a different way of telling it and a whole new tone that goes in well with what I said before. Then again, the tone here isn’t really too serious that it’s painful to watch, it’s almost so serious, that you can’t help but laugh every five seconds when somebody new decides to throw exposition-upon-exposition down our throats. Even the male-posturing that was always so present within these Greek myths, all gets over-played and used in ways that makes you wonder if the movie was trying to be funny, serious, or nothing at all. More or less, the movie rolls with the last option, but I’m fine with that, as long as it can keep me entertained.

"May we please get your autograph, guy from Avatar?"
“May we please get your autograph, guy from Avatar?”

And entertained is what this movie kept me throughout the whole hour-and-a-half. Basically, the whole movie is built upon three battle-sequences that are supposed to take up the whole run-time and keep us going for more – which seems really stupid considering that this is a movie about titans, having them clash, and eventually fight that lovable sea monster we all know of and love. But somehow, it actually works because the movie injects some fun nature into them. This is most surprising to me, mainly because I know the type of crap that director Louis Leterrier goes for when it comes to his movies, and injecting a quick, shaky-cam is one of them, but it somehow kept this movie moving at a quick-enough pace that I didn’t mind all of the stupidity. And do trust me, there is plenty of stupidity to be had here.

Even though it seems as if three writers were apart of this movie, it doesn’t seem like any of them were able to capture any sort of emotion, feeling or idea to this flick that would make it the least bit more interesting. Instead, everybody yells, screams, commands others to do something, goes “argghh”, and talks about the Gods up above and how dick-ish they are for releasing all of this agony on the people they are supposed to love, care for and watch over. Then again, the movie never really makes up it’s mind of what type of stance it wants to take concerning the Gods. At times, it seems like the movie is saying that to not pray to the Gods and worship them is a sign of being disrespectful and arrogant, but at other times, it tries to say that the Gods are wrong for all of the command they issue out onto these citizens, and even go so far as to show Zeus as being non-other than a high-class, serial rapist. I mean, think about that for a second: Perseus is Zeus son because Zeus decided to bed his mommy in the middle of the night, only to have her realize that the baby wasn’t her actual hubby’s babies, and instead, have it be Zeus’, the God of all things God-like.

Kind of creepy, eh?

You bet your damn ass it is!

However though, the movie isn’t too concerned with all that nonsensical logic and understanding – it’s about big, loud, and angry things being huge and monstrous, so that we all just go “oooh” and “aahhh” the whole way through. It works, but that doesn’t really matter to me since the movie has fun with it’s B-feel, and never let me forget about it. Maybe I was in a good mood; maybe I was feeling generous; and yeah, maybe I was being a nice guy (for a change), but I honestly cannot say that this movie is near-torture to watch and sit-through. Hell, if I caught it on television anytime soon (which with HBO, I most likely will), I’ll probably not mind plopping my rear down on the couch, grabbing a couple of snackaroo’s, getting myself a soda, find the remote and give it a nice, little watch. The worse it could do is probably ruin my day, and that’s all up to me, isn’t it?

I can tell that I’m losing all sorts of credibility here, but that’s what a movie-critic’s life and career is all about. Gotta start somewhere, right?

Since he's Zeus, of course he has to look like Liberace!
Since he’s Zeus, of course he has to look like Liberace!

As you could probably suspect, if the story, the script, and the themes of this movie blow, then, most likely, the characters do as well. However, they aren’t so damn bad, to the point of where watching them will also follow-through with the action of finding hot candle-wax and throwing it in your eyes, in hopes to release the memory of what you have just witnessed on-screen. Sam Worthington leads the pack as Perseus and has that feel and look of the type of Demigod you can believe in to not only just do the right thing, but to kick some fine-ass while doing so. That aspect of Perseus, Worthington does well with, but everything else is just Dullsville right from then and there. Then again, knowing Sam Worthington and what the cat’s been up to in recent-memory, you can’t expect too much from this dude. All you have to know is that he’s going to do some bad-ass things, use the same face for every scene, and somehow, change his accent with the reading of every line. There’s Sam Worthington for ya right there, in a nutshell!

The rest of the cast is only here for show, and all are probably just as interesting, if not less than Worthington and his Perseus. Liam Neeson seems like he’s sleep-walking through his role as Zeus, the type of role that seemed like it would fit Neeson like a glove by now; Ralph Fiennes tries too hard to seem vicious and evil as Hades, even though he just sounds like an old nut-ball; and Mads Mikkelsen doesn’t deserve to be here, and doesn’t seem like he wants to be either. He’s just there for that pay-check, in hopes that he’ll end up breaking the barriers down into the States someday. I think that wish has been fulfilled.

Consensus: Though it is remorselessly stupid and over-the-top, Clash of the Titans can actually be considered as entertaining and enjoyable if you take it as the B-movie it obviously sets its sights on being, and just leaving it at that.

5 / 10 = Rental!!

Okay, stop saying "aaaah".
Okay, quit saying “aaaah”.

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  1. Good review, as always.

    I will continue staying away from this one. Sometimes I like a B movie. But when I do I want one like Sharknado that knows it’s bad and embraces it. 🙂

    • I usually appreciate that, too. But a good old-fashioned B-movie that doesn’t mind taking itself a bit seriously is fine, too, just as long as they deliver the fun.

  2. Love this review. I couldn’t agree more! It’s one of my favorite movies to just laugh at. And your assessment of Worthington made me laugh.

  3. I saw this (and the sequel) a couple years back and although mindlessly entertaining, neither were truly captivating. They were just easy watching where you didn’t really need to pay attention.. and could spend more time cuddling with your sweetie on the sofa lol

  4. Good review man. I actually like this a lot more than you mainly because of What you say if your consensus. That’s exactly what it claims to be and I think it’s a lot of fun. Certainly not perfect movie but I still think it’s pretty good and a heck of a lot better than that crappy sequel.

  5. Yep I have to agree with this one. The trailer looked decent enough when it came out, but the film was terrible. The worst Kraaken ever and nothing like the actual story. Stick to the Ray Harryhausen original, far better in every way.

  6. This was one of the worst films I saw in 2010, I’d rather see the original again. Naturally I skipped the sequel. Even w/ Neeson as Zeus couldn’t save this stinker.

    • I heard terrible things, so that may be why I didn’t quite despise it as much. However, I do understand why most don’t like this for a single bit.

  7. I skipped this, and it looks like that was a good idea. Sam is not that appealing as an actor, nor does he seem worthy of being a big draw. Dude….the monster does not even look cool. That is just sad. But maybe, maybe, if I am really bored, I might watch it someday.

  8. This is such a stupid movie, but I still kinda like it. Simple dumb fun, just like you said. Haven’t seen it in awhile, but I might need to pop it back in again just for a good laugh. 😉

  9. Good review yo. I cannot defend this film in any way. I remember seeing it at the start of 2010 and me, my sister and dad all agreed that the film sucked. The film was just a a loud, brainless and for all the action on display it wasn’t all that impressive. The cast horrible with Sam Worthington front and center being all boring and what not. Great people like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes are wasted in this film with such cheesy and lazy performances. I never watched the 1980’s version, I just checked this one out and it was just a dull experience.

  10. This one is kind of a yuck for me because Io in Greek mythology is actually Perseus’ great grandmother. They should have stuck with the Andromeda storyline. The only saving grace of this film is the casting of Mads Mikkelsen as Draco. Nice review, but that’s nothing new 😀

  11. I don’t think I’d give this movie another shot. But I see your point, if I hadn’t gone to the theatres to see this and I was at home. I probably wouldnt’ have been so frustrated with this. I mean, my friend and I had a blast making fun of the ridiculous aspects of the movie while watching it. It taught me that I will NEVER go to see a movie for one actor. I mean, if Sam Worthington took off his shirt, I’d have been a bit more pleased, I guess…
    Good review Dan! 🙂 Its nice to see you being nice..although I don’t think this deserves it so much..haha!

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