Movie Review: Clash of the Titans

Movie Review: Clash of the Titans

Summary: Based on Greek mythology, gods and humans are battling, but civil wars between the two groups cause complete chaos.

Published April 2, 2010

clashtitansSummary : Based on Greek mythology, gods and humans are battling, but civil wars between the two groups cause complete chaos. One man, who is half god and half human, has the power to bring peace.

Review : As philosophical as Clash of the Titans strives to be, from the beginning, through the middle to the end, it's a mawkish flick that is better suited as a video game (actually, a video game based on the movie will be released). Granted, films about Greek mythology are always going to fall into the realm of campy, but Titans didn't even capture the so-bad-it's-good element. The hokey metaphors, cheesy costumes, hammy monologues and Oscar nominee Liam Neeson dolled up in a sparkling suit that looked like rejected wardrobe from Xandu -- all of this and more brought far too many giggles out of the audience.

What really morphed Clash of the Titans into cinematic stone is the 3-D.  After Avatar, everyone believes they are James Cameron . Avatar was successful in 3-D because of its groundbreaking visuals. Titans in 3-D only magnifies the unrealistic and cheap special effects. Scene after scene, it's clear this is the dollar-store version of Avatar .

The film stars Sam Worthington , the star of Avatar , who does a solid job in a role that doesn't require much acting. I hope Worthington steps a bit out of the box in future projects -- audiences don't need to see him a third time in 3-D.

There are some amusing action sequences and when the flick focuses on mythical battles, it does reach a stride.   The Medusa scene (even if she looks like a character from a Nintendo 64 video game) is easily the best part of the movie and the final battle, although predictable, is enough to block out everything that crumbles. Still, Titans is a rickety film that fails to snap in place.

Everyone involved with this movie had to know it wasn't working.  Regardless, this is simply about making a buck and with advertisements on American Idol , it will surely be a hit. But, similar to 10,000 B.C. , it will do well at the box office but be forgotten in a month.

Clash of the Titans is in theaters today.

Written by Clay Cane


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