In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits
men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between
the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but
raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save
his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld.
With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous
mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus
(Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Battling unholy demons
and fearsome beasts, Perseus and his warriors will only survive
if Perseus accepts his power as a god, defies fate and creates
his own destiny.
atrocious reviews and a huge uproar over the lackluster 3D
conversion, Warner Bros has given the greenlit to the sequel
to "Clash of the Titans". The apparent reason being
it has grossed over US$491 million in the box-office.
off the myths of Gods and Demi-Gods, "Clash of the Titans"
is just a simple tale of an estranged son coming to terms
with his father. Rising star Sam Worthington plays the son,
Perseus, a young man bent on seeking revenge on Hades (Ralph
Fiennes) that killed his adopted family. As fate has it, Perseus
is actually a Demigod, son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), the Almighty
creator of mankind. Joined by a group of brave warriors from
the Greek city of Argos and a beautiful immortal Io (Gemma
Arterton), Perseus must stop Hades from unleashing hell on
the city and also saved Princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos)
from being sacrificed.
director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) known for staging
cinematic mayhem assembled a cast that is definitely worthy
of a single viewing despite the less than whelming plotlines,
half-assed characters development and a massive monster that
sounds scarier to be heard than seen towards the end. Leterrier
did such a competent job helming energetic action sequences
one after another that he forgot entirely about the various
mighty Gods he established in the beginning. Reuniting for
the second time after their acclaimed performances in "Schindler’s
List", Neeson is underutilized as Zeus, the brainwashed
sibling of Hades while Fiennes contributed yet another imposing
performance as the evil Hades. He is Lord Voldemort after
all. Danish actor and Bond alumni, Mads Mikkelsen are charismatic
as the leader of the legion, Draco. Gemma Arterton on the
other hand is gorgeously cast as the immortal Io.
In yet another sullen role in his smooth-sailing
Hollywood career, Worthington embodies the role of Perseus
with great angst but pity the role is written purely to showcase
the man in action rather than one who deserved much empathy
from the audience.
selling point in this remake of the original 1981 "Clash
of the Titans" definitely belongs to the believable creature
effects and set designs which explained why Titans is such
a success worldwide. The CG gigantic scorpions, the menacing
Medusa modeled after a real-life supermodel, the Stygian Witches
and beautifully enhanced Pegasus are some of the updated mythical
creatures made for the audience of today’s generation.
Ray Harryhausen's creations in the original might be iconic
but comes pale in comparison given the advancement in technology.
more style than substance, this loud mythical romp is an effective
CG action epic but moderately incompetent to be determined
as a classic due to its half-heartened plotting.
SPECIAL FEATURES :
There are at least 18 minutes of Additional
Scenes, many of them feature stiff, cheesy dialogues
between the Gods.
Worthington: An Action Hero For The Ages Profile
– This rising star from Australia has starred in three
blockbusters in a row including Clash and has somewhat cement
his status as the go-to action star in Hollywood. This feature
focuses on his guts to perform all the stunts by himself in
Points – A selection of production features
that can be view separately or as a 35 minutes special. It
readily covers cast interviews, costumes, visual effects,
location shooting and stunts.
Of The Titans: International TV Special – A
20 minutes making of special that covers behind-the-scene
footages and materials that were previously found in Focus
Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack is impressive and will
have you in awe with its strong active presentation especially
during the scorpion attack sequence and mass destruction caused
by the Kraken. The visual overall is lush and and hardly distracting
as compare to the theatrical 3D conversion.
by Linus Tee
on 7 September 2010