By Jack Rico
The friend who I shared my screening with last night said, “Clash of the Titans was sooo bad”. I don’t necessarily agree, but have to admit it was light on the entertainment. The main problems is that it’s filled with a plethora of posed shots, cringing one liners and anticlimactic action sequences. The acting was subpar and I have seen better 3D films this year such as ‘IMAX Hubble 3D’ – those effects were unbelievable!
This rehash of the original 1981 film, which I didn’t really particularly care for, has ‘flavor of the month leading man’ Sam Worthington playing Perseus, the mortal son of the god Zeus (Liam Neeson), who embarks on a perilous journey of revenge to stop Hedes (Ralph Fiennes), the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens.
The majority of the people who want to see this film is for the promise of seeing some unforgettable action scenes in 3D. If it’s the action that tickles your fancy, then don’t get your hopes up. There are 5 action sequences that the film revolves around. The best one? The scorpion combat which got my heart beating a bit. Save for that scene, the rest is not worth the price of admission. I was geared up for some major entertainment and it fell flat. What director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, The Incredible Hulk) fails to understand is that action scenes don’t work when the audience doesn’t care. There’s zero interest in them here. Brad Pitt’s ‘Troy’ was just as bad, but it was more compelling and entertaining than this because the sequences were built up with much anticipation. In regards to the 3D imagery, this was also mediocre. The film was shot in regular film stock then converted to 3D. There is a BIG difference when this happens – images in real 3D feel like they are rubbing your face, this film barely registered a difference between 2D and 3D.
This film was supposed to be Warner Bros 2010 version of ‘300’. The look of the films are very similar, but the rating wasn’t and that makes all the difference. Clash is PG-13 and 300 is R. When you see ‘300’ it’s all about the graphic nature of the violence and the masculinity of the film. No need of talk, just head squashing. Clash doesn’t come close.
If you still want to see this film, save yourself a couple of bucks and watch it in 2D, the 3D experience is really not worth it.
Rated: PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.
Release Date: 2010-04-02
Screenplay: Travis Beacham, Phil Hay
Official Website: http://clash-of-the-titans.warnerbros.com/