Saturday, April 10, 2010

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Director: Louis Leterrier. Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth McGovern, Danny Huston. 106 min. Rated PG-13.

This is one of those instances where you know from the very first minutes you're dealing with a dumb movie. I was never impressed by the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans anyway, but the remake has such flimsy dialogue and such an idiotic plot (including the concept of Gods sitting up there, entertaining themselves by pissing off humans), it undermines the whole beauty of Greek mythology. Like always, Ralph Fiennes is an awesome villain, but one is amazed what some good actors see in such a screenplay to make them invest their credibility.

PS #1: As opposed to movies like Avatar, which were filmed 3D from the get go, the studio execs actually switched some copies of Clash of the Titans from 2D to 3D, just to make some extra money. To check the quality, I removed my 3D glasses from the beginning, and except for some mild background blurriness, the images actually looked better!

PS #2: I don't think Sam Worthington has much of a future. He has played the exact same inflexible character in all three of his blockbuster hits (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar, and Clash of the Titans).

Mo says:


  1. Why would a good actor appear in such trash? Money I suppose. Great scripts are no doubt few and far between and most of us have a price.

  2. Correction: ALL of us have a price.

  3. I'd appear in the most feeble soap of all time for a few pounds lol my price is very low indeed. I'd prefer millions to appear in a mindless teen comedy of course. I could play the grouch middle aged man who shouts at the kids!

  4. My price would be very low to have had a role in one of the Star Wars episodes. Even as a stormtrooper.

  5. The Stormtrooper helmets were incredible. I would buy one but they are out of my price range.
    And yes I would have appeared in any of the original trilogy free of charge. The new ones were a big dissapointment for me and many other Star Wars fans. In fact I only rate the 1st one as being amazing. Why did they update the special effects? Or graphics as the kids call them.

  6. Actually, I was quite impressed with "Revenge of the Sith" - almost as good as the old trilogy.

    Updating the special effects was an absolute no-no. Reminds me of a "South Park" episode, which showed Lucas and Spielberg raping Indiana Jones (!). Same thing happened with the "enhanced" version of the old trilogy.

    Sometimes, I feel Lucas never got why we loved his saga.