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Clash of the Titans (2010 film)

A 2010 remake of the 1981 film, directed by Louis Leterrier

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Greek Mythology gets a massive makeover in this overblown, but visally stunning adventure....

  • Apr 6, 2010

The original 1981 Ray Harryhausen special effects designed and produced  fantasy adventure is a film of magic wonder, excitement, adventure and mysticism. The 2010 remake or re-imaging if you prefer  "Clash of the Titans" is centered around a young  fisherman named Perseus  who  after a personal loss  sets  out  to the city of Argos to  take up the task of saving the whole city from the brink of destruction by the hands of the Kraken.  With a small group of brave soldiers Perseus seeks to take on some of the most foul and feared creatures in Greek mythology and save Argos from there fate.  While at sometimes, you may feel this film is a little too underwhelming and heavy-handed Louis Leterrier’s revision of the much beloved 80's classic is nowhere near a let down and if you are very, forgiving "Clash of the Titans" will deliver the fun action entertainment you want.      


 Louis Leterrier is affectionate and visually breathtaking remake of the cult classic "Clash of the Titans" is a film that defies expectations it not only succeeds in entertaining you but it gives you the thrills and glorious action/adventure you could ever hope for I was engaged by every minute of  it. Engaged but not riveted I felt it lacked a true human touch and a labor of true passion. It lacked fire, it lacked heart; but what it did not lack was strife, motivation and raw intensity. This remake or re-imagining if you would like to call does not pull any stops when it comes to no holds bar action and gritty drama.  It is a film that should not work, that should not succeed, and that should not entertain. Nevertheless, it does. It does so well that you stop caring if it is a movie and start loving the bold, daring and sweeping action this film has to offer. "Clash of the Titans" may not win everyone over and it may not even be able to impress die-hard fans of the original but I can tell you this that this film works, how well is up to you. Most are complaining that it doesn't follow mythology to a  "T", but what really  is mythology but a bunch of myths and fairytale there complete fantasy,  and that is exactly what this is  a gritty  fantasy adventure  that takes the broad outlines of  Greek mythology and  turns it  on it's heels.  As summer entertainment goes this is one of the better films that have opened up during the early summer movie craze and certainly there will be better." Clash of the Titans" stands a perfect example of how an action picture should be not dull and dimwitted but entertaining and spectacular.


 It won't win  many over and it didn't complete  win me  but for what it was it was good enough for me to say I thoroughly enjoyed it  for it's pulpy action, audacious story, and grand style. It does not work as well as it meant to, but then again what films does? "Clash of the Titans” is nowhere near as good as the 1981 original but for modern times, where action films rule this film is a standout. While neither compelling nor truly breathtaking as a whole it does have its moments where you truly feel lost in this world and immersed in the trails and tribulations of the heroic Perseus.


 Sam Worthington's  performance in the film is not great or good  it is  adequate  but effective Worthington doesn't try very hard to be convincing as the hero, he doesn't have to; he has the look  and  the attitude for the part and just enough acting chops to make it believable. I like Worthington   but here he delivers a one sided performance it's all attitude and  anger there is  no empathy, no sadness it's like playing  Perseus  was no fun, it was like he [Worthington]  didn't get any enjoyment  out of   battling these mythical creature  or kicking some undead  ass.  I will admit that in the end Worthington does turn his performance around and pull off the role quite nicely in the end, if only for a little while.  The rest of the cast  including Liam Neeson(Zeus), Alexa Davalos(Andromeda), Gemma Arterton(Io), Izabella Miko(Medusa) Mads Mikkelsen(Draco)  and Ralph Fiennes  in an extremely impressive and scary performance as  Hades; all turn in  great supporting work in this  staggering epic.


Greek mythologists  will be disappointed due to the  inaccuracies of the story but action fans  alike will be pleased  to see this  film that tears up all the mythology books   and rewrites history as it sees fit  and for me theta works. I wouldn't recommend this film to a college student  trying to get a handle on the myths and legends of ancient Greece  they would only be confused and miss lead  but if you've got a firm handle or mythology or don't really care for it at all  than this is the film for you.  It is not one of the greatest films to come out this year but it certainly is one of the more enjoyable ones.

Greek Mythology gets a massive makeover in this overblown, but visally stunning adventure....

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October 20, 2010
Could not have said it better myself, I would rate it the same as well. Excellent review.
December 27, 2010
Thank you very much.
April 09, 2010
I've read some reviews that were a lot less kind towards this flick. Someone referred to as CRASH AND BURN OF THE TITANS.
April 09, 2010
I liked it I mean it wasn't fantastic or anything but it was great fun and I enjoyed myself. For what it was it was an enjoyable action adventure.
April 09, 2010
I know I'd just sit there thinking how much I was missing that great scene with Harryhausen's Medusa.
April 06, 2010
Excellently put! This was fun, cheeky and entertaining....the plot and characters needed a lot of developing, and while this movie will not become a classic it was a decent popcorn film and the Kraken was fun to watch. Oh, Lopez, I noticed that you have those big spaces in between paragraphs, were you trying to paste a photo? Let me know if you need help with that...
April 07, 2010
Thank you very much and no I wasn't trying to paste photos Microsoft word does that when ever I edit and sometimes I'm so busy posting I forget to bring it in.
April 07, 2010
I also heard recently that director Louis Leterrier has two scripts for sequels for two more films that will succeed "Clash of the Titans". I'm game to see those after this one.
More Clash of the Titans (2010) reviews
review by . April 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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   Most of us know a little about Greek Mythology and even more of us have seen the 1981 classic film “Clash of the Titans” based on the tale of Perseus. Many would argue that the classic movie needed an update given our advancements of visual effects while many would say to leave the original film alone. I do think that the story of Perseus needs a film update, as long as it remains faithful to Greek Mythology. Ok, the 1981 film wasn’t 100% faithful to its source material, …
review by . July 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*1/2 out of ****    I'm starting to think it's nigh impossible to make a good "Clash of the Titans" movie. The first - and unfortunately not last - was from 1981 and failed to leave anything of an impression on me aside from a few yawns and my admiration for the stop-motion work that gives the film a great deal of its fans. Now there's the 2010 version, directed by Louis Leterrier, which really doesn't have much of a reason to exist other than to upgrade the visual thrills of …
review by . January 22, 2011
This film was stupid, poorly acted, essentially Hercules for adults, and was nothing but a mindless dumb action romp. But to be fair, that's all I was expecting. The movie is nothing more than a CGI action extravaganza and it has enough special effects to please a mainstream audience but the critic in me just kept holding me back. You know how some movies you just have to check your brain at the door for, well I just can't do that, and I feel that if I smashed myself several times in the …
review by . April 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Clash of the Titans is like the guy who farts in the room and then decides to leave you with the smell.  It stinks.  After watching Clash of the Titans and walking out of the theater, I felt dirtier than a gas station restroom.  I will need many years of therapy after this one.      Okay, so perhaps Clash of the Titans wasn't THAT bad.  But make no mistake, the movie is bad.  Not enough to make you feel dirty.  Just bad enough that you look …
review by . July 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   A long time ago there were big, chaotic, uncontrollable gods, the Titans, who ruled the Earth and gave birth to new gods who destroyed them and created man, in order to gain power from their worship.  But men, being men, resented the arbitrary whims of the gods and it was inevitable they'd fight back.  Hades, the god of the underworld, hit upon a plan to bring fear into the hearts of men so they'd worship again.  He'd release the Kraken, a giant sea monster, …
review by . June 06, 2010
After being on this site and checking out some of the reviews I came to a conclusion....I am one of the only people in America who enjoyed Clash of the Titans!!      The movie, as many of you know, follows the story of Perseus as he goes to kill Medusa and journeys to meet the three witches in order to slay the Kraken. The movie had a star studded cast with Liam Neeson, Ralph Finnes and Sam Worthington. With lots of special effects and an oppertunity to see this movie in 3D …
review by . October 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The original Clash of the Titans is perhaps mostly remembered for its sheer corniness. This remake by the same name is certainly better and has amped up special effects. On the whole, I'd give it 3.5 stars. The movie does some things very well, such as the monsters. Medusa looks great and perfectly combines beauty and horror. Yet, I can't help but think that the directors wasted this opportunity to make a truly classic movie. Clash of the Titans falls into the trap of many modern movies …
review by . April 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I was a big fan of the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans. It had everything I loved: action, excitement, Greek mythology! It was a great film for its time and still holds up at least somewhat today. Sure, the effects have aged, but that's to be expected.    It was also a movie that pushed me even more into my budding interest in Greek mythology; an interest which has continued to this very day. Heck, I got quite an interest in mythology in general and even took a course in it when …
Quick Tip by . November 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
If the lord of the rings, the lightning theif, and 300 got togeather and had a child it would be the clash of the titans. Not that it was a bad movie just the similarities where almost to distracting for me to follow the actual storyline
review by . April 05, 2010
   On my blog (, I've set out to work my way through Rotten Tomatoes' list of the 100 worst movies of the last decade. As I've talked to many people about my "quest," I've mostly gotten interest. Only a very, very few people have not really understood why I was choosing to subject myself to these officially awful films. I consider myself a bad movie aficionado, but I don't think I'm entirely unique in that way. Maybe I like them …
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Clash of the Titans is a 2010 fantasy film which is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, itself loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus.  Directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Sam Worthington, the film was originally set for standard release on March 26, 2010.  It was later announced that the film would be converted to 3-D and was released on April 2, 2010.

"Release the Kraken!" Ah, it could only beClash of the Titans, the 2010 remake that retains the instruction to unleash the great beastie from the sea. The 1981 original boasted Ray Harryhausen's legendary stop-motion technique of animating various mythological creatures--it was his final feature project--and given the cornball approach of the movie in general, that was the main draw. The remake supplies new state-of-the-art special effects (released in 3-D) and a nicely muscular sense of momentum. Sam Worthington (theAvatarguy) plays Perseus, a demigod who doesn't know that Zeus (Liam Neeson) is his father. Perseus is selected to lead an expedition to find and slay the Medusa, lest Zeus's evil brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes, in fine slinking mode) rain down misery upon a seaport--and you just know that means the Kraken is coming. Ye gods, it's a mess, and we haven't even mentioned the witches and the harpies and the giant scorpions. But if we did, it would be clear thatClash of the Titansis a perfectly dandy popcorn epic, unpretentious and punchy. Director Louis ...
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