Thursday, April 15, 2010

Clash Of The Titans

The original was cheesy, light and silly but fun to watch. This remake is cheesy, silly, and with the exception of three scenes, dull to watch. Sam Worthington, fresh off of "Avatar" is strong man of action but can't act his way out of his amor chestplate. And furthermore, he steals all his fighting techniques from watching Brad Pitt in "Troy".

The three scenes that will keep you awake are the attack of the giant scorpions, the battle with Medusa, and the final battle with the Kraken (which really is the highlight and saved for the end). Between these set pieces, you can go to the restroom, refill your popcorn or take a quick nap.

Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes lend their gravitas to the film as Zeus and Hades (respectively) but you can't even take them seriously. There is no character development and you probably won't even care who lives or dies. If you're in the mood for mindless swordplay and mythology that won't leave a lasting impression (even while you are watching it), then this one is for you.

I would also recommend that you find a theater showing it in 2-D, rather than 3-D (if you still insist on going). The 3-D technology is completely wasted here. The film was shot in 2-D and converted later to 3-D. It shows. Unlike "Avatar" the 3-D does nothing to enhance the visuals. It actually makes the film darker and harder to watch.

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