Perseus (Sam Worthington) is found as a baby, sharing a casket with his mother’s body that’s floating at sea. A fisherman takes him in. About 20 years later, Perseus witnesses soldiers destroying a statue of Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) coming from the underworld to punish them. But Hades not only kills the soldiers, but also Perseus’ family.
So, Perseus swears revenge and sets out to win the war between the gods and the men.
Clash of the Titans is great. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s a very bad movie but it’s the “so bad it’s good” kind. It’s epic crap – and it is amazingly entertaining for it. [I’ve seen it for a second time already – definitely a guilty pleasure movie for me.]
I just have to say a few words about the trailer here. The first trailer was one of the best trailers ever. I mean it was all epic fight scenes and then Liam Neeson’s voice boomed: “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!” And immediately you knew what kind of movie you were in for… That’s what a trailer is supposed to be like.
And that is what the movie was like. Every time you were afraid that the movie would start to take itself too seriously, a line like that would crop up and ruin all chances of that. I mean, it had sparkling gods.
There were some really nice shots, though. Beautiful stuff. And a lot of pretty men in skirts. Even more beautiful stuff.
The cast was pretty bad, all things considered. Liam Neeson doesn’t even try (and why should he) and Ralph Fiennes just channels Voldemort and leaves it at that. Sam Worthington talks with an Australian accent and doesn’t care that nobody else does. But I think if somebody had actually tried to act in this film, it would have seriously disrupted the whole experience. [Therefore Gemma Arteton stands out. Because she was good…]
I have to admit that, for all its entertainment value, I had two problems with the film that I just can’t excuse (and that it doesn’t make any sense isn’t one of them).
One: Io. I mean, seriously, can you get any more explicitly “the woman is the reward”y? Annoying as hell. Add that to the fact that they made a previous rape-free story rape-y and that Medusa is pretty much treated like crap (at least Io has some sense there), you got a misogynistic clusterfuck.
Two: What the fuck, Leterrier and editing team? When I see an action movie, I actually want to see the action and not ac…cutcutcutcutcutcut…tionendscene. I want to fucking know what’s happening.
Summarising: Have you ever seen a giant scorpion fly in slow motion? If that’s an attractive idea to you, you’re going to love this movie.