Clash of the Titans (2010)



Sam Worthington is about to clash with titans in the Clash of the Titans remake

As Printed in The Lumberjack on April 8, 2010

by Gary Sundt

If you look up the trailers for the new Clash of the Titans remake, you might notice that the tagline reads, “Damn The Gods.” However, what many don’t know is that the original tagline was the following insightful soliloquy: “Titans Will Clash.”

Whether this first tagline was downplayed because it was absolutely stupid is unclear, but if it was, it represents an interesting trend – the people who make the trailers for big budget movies seem to care more about their craft than the people who actually make the big budget movies.

Is that accurate? Movies like Clash of the Titans make me think so.

Simply look at Clash of the Titans: The Trailer. It tells the epic tale of a demi-God (Sam Worthington) on a mission to overthrow the tyrannical Greek Gods. Zues is played by Liam Neeson, and Hades is played by Ralph Fiennes. There is a definite damsel in distress (Alexa Davalos), and giant scorpions show up. Oh, and there is a Kraken. Let’s not forget the whole releasing of the Kraken.

Now consider Clash of the Titans: The Movie. There is nothing in the feature-length version that makes it superior to the trailer. It’s the same impressive special effects stretched out to nearly two hours, but unlike good action movies, the theatrical version provides no greater depth. Instead, the action sequences are much like the titans themselves – giant, lumbering, and taking themselves way too seriously.

In the same vein as the original 1981 Clash, the weak, special effects-based framework for the film causes every attempt at dramatic energy to fall completely flat. Part of this is due to the underdeveloped characters, the mostly laughable dialogue, and the hammy performances required of Neeson and Fiennes. It’s a shame director Louis Leterrier, who has shown previously that he can do a lot with a basic premise, couldn’t inject more life into the uncomplicated concept of Greek Gods vs. mankind.

I’d like to point out that this review might have been affected slightly by two key details in my viewing experience. The first is that I saw the film in 2D rather than 3D, because Warner Bros.’ last-minute conversion to the third dimension for the reasons of a higher box office seemed exploitive rather than artistic.

The second problematic aspect of my viewing experience was the audience I saw the film with. During my screening, I dealt with no less than a) the person next to me answering their cell phone and having a conversation, b) the gang of bros behind me who were talking to each other, and c) the obnoxious, cringe-worthy laugh of the girl in front of me. Sometimes you just have a bad night at the movies.

Or maybe this is just the crowd that wants to see a remake of Clash of the Titans. If you don’t fit into that group, just watch the trailer. It’s free, and you’ll probably like it more.

1.5 stars out of 5

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One response to “Clash of the Titans (2010)

  1. So, how did it compare to the original? At least the original didn’t take itself too seriously. How could it, when Perseus’s sidekick is a goofy-little mechanical owl?

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