Movie Review: Clash of the Titans

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Warner Brothers new remake of the movie “Clash of the Titans” is ranked as the #1 movie in America by critics, but I struggled to understand why.

As I sat waiting for the release of the Cracken, I remembered that I had seen most of this movie before somewhere else: a video game series. I found myself relating mostly every scene in this film to some significant, yet poorly executed version, of the God of War series for Playstation 3.

The main character Perseus (Sam Worthington) finds himself seeking vengeance against the deceitful and conniving god of the underworld, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), for killing his family.

Perseus, with nothing else to lose, tags along with the soldiers of the city of Argos, who have decided to wage war against the gods for their mistreatment and mockery of man.

With the help of these soldiers, he plans to take out his revenge, and he damns every god along the way.

It is on this quest that Perseus discovers he is not actually a man, but a demi-god (part man, part god), and that he is the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson).

Many video game players will find this vaguely familiar to the plot of revenge God of War’s main character Kratos seeks against Aries.

Not only does his half god status expose itself, but he also finds out that he has been destined to strike down the gods since birth.

Io (Gemma Arterton) is a new addition to Clash of the Titan’s as her character was not in the original. Io tells Perseus she has been watching him his entire life, and has been waiting for this day. Upon his arrival to Argos, Perseus is faced with the beautiful princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos).

The King and Queen are leading the drive against the gods, ignoring Andromeda’s warning that fighting the gods will result in consequences.

It is the queens foolish outburst that her daughter is more beautiful than Athena or any other god, and her declaration that mankind are the new gods, that provoke the true start of the film.

Hades snatches the beauty of the queen in front of everyone and gives the city 10 days time to sacrifice Andromeda pray to the gods for forgiveness or face the wrath of the Cracken.

The king begs Perseus to save his city, and the film progresses into a series of highly animated and deadly fight scenes.

While this film did have several enjoyable and action filled moments, it was still lacking in quality.

The plot was filled with holes and logic gaps, the original story line was altered, new characters where added and not capitalized on, and there were no titans in the film, despite the creatures being referred to in the films title. 

  • Dexter R. Mullins