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Clash of the Titans

by on Sep.22, 2010, under Further Down The Rabit Hole

Clash of the Titans (2010) is an adapted version of the story of Perseus, a famous Greek myth for those who haven’t seen the film or read the myth. Sounded promising, there have been a few good remakes of classic Greek myths however yet again I’ve sat through a film that falls well short of the hype. Apparently the original 1981 version of this film is very very good, I can’t vouch for that, but I can say one thing; it’s most likely better than this rendition.

There are so many things wrong with this film I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll start with the good points. The graphics were passable. They weren’t fantastic, but they were believable.

Right, onto the lesser points; even though the graphics were quite good, including that of the kraken and Pegasus, they weren’t put to good use. They whole story builds up the terror and fear that strikes through the heart of man when the kraken is mentioned, however we never even see the beast until right at the end of the film. I know sometimes the hype and suspense of not seeing something can add to the atmosphere, for example the aliens in ‘Signs’, but the end result has to live up to the hype and if the kraken just looks like your average dragon that would get slain in a matter of seconds in something like Lord of The Rings then the suspense is totally wasted and you just feel underwhelmed.

There were several aspects of the film which didn’t hold up to the original story, I know this is a movie but if you’re going to base a film on a famous mythical story, at least get it right. There were no winged sandals which were an important part of the myth, the reflective shield which was given to Perseus wasn’t even a ‘reflective’ shield, it was made from a giant scorpion and was given to him by two characters that I can only say must have been thrown in thoughtlessly at the last minute to give the film some comic relief, whereas Athena gave Perseus the shield in the myth. Back to the giant scorpions, these monsters appeared for no particular reason and shot out of the floor when the blood of Perseus’ father dripped into the sand. I am sure from the original myth the blood of Medusa’s snake hair dripping on the floor conjured scorpions, not his father’s blood?

The random love interest with Io was also just thrown in at the last minute I think as it was Andromeda who Perseus eventually fell in love with in the original myth. The whole character of Io was pointless and flawed. I believe Io was a lover to Zeus but in the film she’s some sort of guardian for Perseus and Zeus reincarnates her to live with Perseus after the kraken is slain.

There were also these totally random characters, the Djinn, who looked like a love child of an Ewok and a Predator. Very strange. The Djinn we followed seemed to do a Predator / suicide bomber move on Medusa before she was beheaded, again leaving me a little confused as to what myth the directing team had read before shooting this film.

I could go on, but to be honest I really can’t be bothered so I’ll leave you with a pretty picture of 1 star. Adios.

1 Star

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