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Jack Rico


2010/03/31 at 12:00am

Clash of the Titans

03.31.2010 | By |

Clash of the Titans

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.

Mack Chico


2009/04/28 at 12:00am

"Clash of the Titans" begins production

04.28.2009 | By |

"Clash of the Titans" begins production

Principal photography will begin on April 27 on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ epic action adventure “Clash of the Titans,” being directed by Louis Leterrier (“The Incredible Hulk”). The film stars Sam Worthington (“Terminator Salvation,” the upcoming “Avatar”) and Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson (“Taken,” “Schindler’s List”) and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films, “The English Patient”).

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 left 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.  Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds.  Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

  Leading the international cast is Australian actor Sam Worthington as Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, king of the gods.  Worthington will next be seen in this summer’s “Terminator Salvation.”  Liam Neeson takes on the role of the mighty Zeus, and Ralph Fiennes plays the role of Hades, god of the underworld, who feeds on human fear.  Rounding out the cast is Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”) as Io, Perseus’ mysterious spiritual guide throughout his journey; Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale”) as Draco, who takes up his sword to join Perseus’ quest; Jason Flemyng (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) as Acrisius, a one-time king-turned-hideous beast; and Alexa Davalos (“Defiance”) as Andromeda, a princess doomed to lose her life if Perseus does not succeed.

Based on the 1981 film of the same name, written by the late Beverley Cross, “Clash of the Titans” is directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (“Aeon Flux”), story by Travis Beacham (“Dog Days of Summer”) and Hay & Manfredi.  The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, who produced the drama “We Are Marshall” for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Kevin De La Noy, who last served as an executive producer on the studio’s blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”  The executive producers are Academy Award® winner Richard D. Zanuck (“Driving Miss Daisy”), who most recently collaborated with Warner Bros. on the comedy hit “Yes Man,” and Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and William Fay, who have teamed with the studio on such hits as “The Dark Knight” and “300.”

The behind-the-scenes team creating this mythical spectacle includes director of photography Peter Menzies, Jr. (“The Incredible Hulk”); production designer Martin Laing (“Terminator Salvation”); editor Vincent Tabaillon (“The Incredible Hulk”); Academy Award®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy,” “The Dark Knight”); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”); Oscar®-nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor O’Sullivan (“The Dark Knight,” “Saving Private Ryan”); Academy Award®-winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould (“Gladiator”); and Academy Award®-winning makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore (“Elizabeth”). 

“Clash of the Titans” will begin filming in studios outside London and will later shoot in various locations in Wales and in the Spanish Canary Islands, predominantly on Tenerife, off the coast of Africa.  Further aerial work is set to take place in the diverse locales of Ethiopia and Iceland.

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