Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Clash of the Titans is a 2010 fantasy-action film directed by Louis Leterrier (The Transporter - 2002, The Incredible Hulk – 2008) starring Sam Worthington (Avatar), Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson.

This film is based on the Ray Harryhausen film from 1981 that was based on the original Greek mythology.

Orphaned as an infant, Perseus is found and adopted by a hard working fisherman named Spyros. Despite living a meager existence, Perseus is happy with his life. But when the city of Argos defies the Greek gods, their supernatural wrath is brought down on the people. Perseus' family is killed in the ensuing battle led by Hades, the god of the underworld and brother of Zeus.

Hades is eager to punish the humans for turning away from the gods. He prompts Zeus to allow him to torment humanity in an effort to get mankind to return to adoring them. Zeus, reluctantly, agrees. So when the king and queen of Argos spit in the eye of the gods, Hades gives them an ultimatum – sacrifice the Princess Andromeda to the sea monster called the Kraken or it will destroy Argos.

Eager for revenge against Hades for killing his family, Perseus looks for a way to foil the gods and kill the Kraken. But he's quickly surprised when Hades reveals who Perseus' real father is – Zeus. This only makes Perseus more determined to spite the gods and save Argos.

The original "Clash of the Titans" took its own liberties with the myths and makes its own additions. The remake does the same, A major new change is the addition of Hades to the story. He's the driving force behind the conflict this time around and it does fit the original mythology to some degree.

The new movie is without a doubt better in some respects. The scenes with Pegasus are really cool and capture what Harryhausen wanted to do with his stop-motion animation. As Pegasus takes flight with Hades' bat-like creatures pursuing him and Perseus, they fly in and out of the city and among the Kraken's tentacles. It's a fantastic sight, especially in 3D.

While the original "Clash of the Titans" still stands as a better-scripted movie, the new version definitely has areas where it excels, particularly in action scenes involving Pegasus and the Kraken. The 3D is lacking in a lot of respects but the movie is still worth seeing with the effect.

"Clash of the Titans" is rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.

By Unzeela Usman
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