Clash of the Titans Review (3D)

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Clash of the Titans is a decent enough remake of the original – but do yourself a favor: Save your hard-earned money and skip the awful 3D version.

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Screen Rant reviews Clash of the Titans

I really want to make this a review of Clash of the Titans and not a rant against post-production-applied 3D, but considering how awful and distracting I found the 3D – it’s going to be difficult. I highly recommend that if you go watch this film you do so in a regular old 2D presentation. Please take that recommendation seriously.

This remake of the 1981 film is certainly less cheesy than that Harry Hamlin-starring version. Now don’t take that as a slam of the original – I enjoyed the heck out of it when it was released, nor as high praise of this version. However I did see it recently and it’s not one of those films that stands up to the test of time – you really have to appreciate it within the context of the time it was made.

The story follows that of the original pretty closely, with Perseus (Sam Worthington) being found in a locked coffin at sea in the arms of his dead mother. He’s taken in by Spyros (Pete Postlethwaite), a common fisherman and raised by him and his wife to be a good, hard working man. Unfortunately Perseus’ family is caught in the crossfire of a battle between some soldiers and one of the gods (Hades, played by Ralph Fiennes) and they are all killed (not really a spoiler, this happens very early on and his Perseus’ prime motivation throughout the film).

Mankind is rebelling against the gods, and Zeus (Liam Neeson), who created mankind is none to happy about it. Hades sees an opportunity to regain power and convinces Zeus to allow the release of the legendary monster the Kraken should a sacrifice of the king’s daughter not take place before the next solar eclipse. Perseus is recruited by the king to go on a quest that will result in his daughter’s life being spared, and our hero is happy to comply for his own reasons of revenge against Hades.

There are plenty of action set pieces to keep audiences happy, including a battle against not one, but three giant scorpions, a battle against the grotesque Calibos (Jason Flemyng), Medusa, and of course the Kraken. The non-CGI visual effects were great, and I loved the look of the film overall when it came to the characters, costumes, etc. But the CGI was all over the map… Pegasus looked excellent, a  seamless blend of CGI wings with a live horse – but then you had Medusa, who looked like she belonged in a medium grade video game (I vastly prefer the stop-motion animation version from the original film). The Kraken however, was epic. Incredibly huge and vast in size and definitely formidable.

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When it came to the actors, Sam Worthington was fine – he always seems to underplay his roles, maybe a little too much. Neeson wasn’t really given room to flex his acting muscles, mainly standing around wearing blinding silver armor. Fiennes was quite effective as Hades, and aside from his acting, I really loved the look of his character, especially when he appears on screen out of nowhere – very impressive. Gemma Arterton, while beautiful, played it quite vanilla here. One actor that I thought exuded a serious screen presence and the impression of power was Mads Mikkelsen as Draco (if he looks maddeningly familar it’s because he played the villain in the James Bond reboot Casino Royale). I also enjoyed some of the supporting characters which were played for laughs.

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Oh, but the 3D… freaking AWFUL.

Click here to find out just HOW awful the 3D in Clash of the Titans is…

Our Rating:

2.5 out of 5
(Fairly Good)

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  1. this is so disappointing as we only have the 3D version in our local theater :(:(:(:(

  2. I truly hope movie audiences are smart enough to realize that movies made with the 3D added in after filming are a rip off and avoid them like the plague. If they do, Hollywood will hopefully take notice and plan ahead for 3D. I have no problem paying the premium ticket prices for a movie done in 3D if it's done right, when they throw 3D on after the fact it's an obvious attempt at increased revenue and nothing more. Thanks for review though, I've been sort of looking forward to this, even though it looks like nothing more than adrenaline candy.

  3. Really!? :-(

    Rather shocked at this. How far is the next closest multiplex it's playing at.

    Is your local theater newer? Built say in the 90's?

  4. Rachael: Well Mr. Holtreman do you like our owl?

  5. Um, what?

  6. It wasn't great, but I suppose you might find it entertaining enough.

  7. So you thought it was ok enough to watch in 2-D?

  8. just got back form the cinema, damn pissed off.this movie had very repetitive and cheesy lines, action was to far paced, and limited (i was expecting a huge battle against the kraven wtf).
    the 3D was very noticeable but some what tolerable (i found sitting with my head tilted abit help overcome the visual pain), special effects where pretty solid my most favourite being medusa's facial transformation.
    on the whole it was a decent movie (better then some of last years BS) but very lacking and boring.

  9. the poster said “in 3D” but I'm going to reserve tickets today maybe they will the 2D version too ..anyways Avatar didn't have a 2D version here but it was worth watching in 3D compared to this

  10. there still a chance for a GOD OF WAR movie. now you will all know and fear KRATOS

  11. Maybe the message here is…A self precieved god should never trust that he's the real thing…in ANY dimension.

  12. Bubo..

  13. Good — I wasn't gonna watch it anyway (in theatres, that is)

  14. nice. except for the typo.

  15. So dissapointing…this is the third review that has report that the movie a sever let-down especially the 3D version.

  16. Is the director for this movie the same one who is suppose to direct The Avengers? If it is, my hopes for Avengers will be diminished. I think it's the same guy who directed The Incredible Hulk but I think Norton had a big hand in making that movie successful. Drat, I truly wanted this movie to be epic!

  17. Vic, was Bubo even in this version?

  18. I won't comment on that. :)

  19. That would be a spoiler to say yes or no.

  20. Don't they understand that some people are physically unable to watch movies in 3D? COMPLAIN COMPLAIN COMPLAIN!

  21. Leterrier isn't a lock for The Avengers. He's ONE of the directors being considered, but not THE director. My guess is that he won't if this film doesn't do well, as the juggling act for The Avengers would be a lot more complex than this or TIH.

  22. Oh dear, I'm sorry you had to see the 3D version with but a few months of work on the 3D. I feel like I should light a candle in memory of the hours of your life you can't get back, Vic.

  23. I doubt the 3D would be good considering when making the film it was not even an issue. Save the extra cash.

  24. lol, You said it…but I fear Hollywood would plague GoW by cutting back on it and maybe even making it PG13 for marketing purposes.
    I have said it all along, playing the games is like playing a movie! Especially GoW3

  25. lol, You said it…but I fear Hollywood would plague GoW by cutting back on it and maybe even making it PG13 for marketing purposes.
    I have said it all along, playing the games is like playing a movie! Especially GoW3

  26. I just read on first showing that Josh Whedon may now be up for The Avengers directors chair.