2010 Clash Of the Titans Throwback Movie review

As I said this was going to happen. First I’d like to say this: If you are a religious wo/man and have ever faced a time where your faith was really being tested to the point of giving up whatever  faith, in whatever God you believe in seemed like a great idea, you may have a stronger connection to this movie. As a friend of mine said, “Its hard to believe in God, when he takes away everything you found him in”

Now that statement is basically the driving force to this movie in comparison to the 1981 version where it was basically a game between gods and Perseus’ love for Andromeda (that, now that I think about it, was random as ever.)

Princess Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family’s death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa.

Sam Worthington Sam Worthington
Liam Neeson Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes
Jason Flemyng Jason Flemyng
Gemma Arterton Gemma Arterton
Alexa Davalos Alexa Davalos
Tine Stapelfeldt Tine Stapelfeldt
Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen
Luke Evans Luke Evans
Izabella Miko Izabella Miko
Liam Cunningham Liam Cunningham
Hans Matheson Hans Matheson
Ashraf Barhom Ashraf Barhom
Mouloud Achour Mouloud Achour
Ian Whyte Ian Whyte
Bubo
Forever alone since 1981

The plot is basically the same as the 1981 version with a few changes here and there. No bubo this time. In my personal opinion I like most of the updates to this version. The plot is simple, though, its also a flaw when you watch it in comparison, all I kept asking was why is Poseidon just chilling as his brothers are join at each other. plus why aren’t any of the other gods saying anything but just standing there looking pretty? I’m glad they got rid of the “laid out gifts” for Perseus and had him wanting to get revenge for his fallen family and so doing it as a man. The two worst changes may be the introduction of “Io”, SHE DID NOTHING FOR THE MOVIE BUT DIE AND COME BACK BY THE GRACE OF ZEUS?! The other is the use of Calibos. They changed who he was from the original and he just became a none factor really.

Calibos - 1981 (left)
Calibos - 2010(right)

As I said, this movie is more a man who has prayed, lived a decent life, and showed the gods great devotion, only to have the only family he has ever known, killed for sport. That alone is reason to argue this movie is better from the original. Plus I would argue that this movie, even though set in ancient Greek times, is reflective of the times we live in today. Because of the slimmed plot/script/screenplay the adventure to a mystical time is lost. the 80’s were a greatly DIFFERENT time from what we have now.

I really enjoyed the action sequences and the use of CGI. The Kraken is much more intimidating than the miniature one for the 81.

The acting for the most part is okay at best. Felt Hades (Fiennes) seemed too much like Voldemort In my opinion.
The two-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack features a digital copy (located on the DVD).

The special features available on the Blu-ray include:

  • Maximum Movie Mode (length of the movie, plays in a “picture in picture”)
  • Focus Points 35:02
  • Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages 7:56
  • Alternate Ending (SEEN BELOW)
  • Deleted Scenes 18:10

For your viewing pleasure, the alternate ending to this movie

Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 5, cinematography: 3 out of 5, editing: 3.3 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5,: Acting 3 out of 5 Rent-Own? RENT

Look out for the Wrath of the Titans review COMING SOON.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Clash Of The Titans Throwback Review

Well all the movie hype this weekend is all going to be about Wrath of the Titans. But first, you let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start with the original Clash of the Titans. (On Dvd)

The original plot summary from 1981: “Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis’s son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished.” 

The plot in my opinion had given the viewers a chance to actually care for the characters on screen. Its a more expansive and explained more thoroughly. Yes, it does cause it to drag on in some parts, but it just makes for a more understood story. The acting is Horrid, in terms of expression. The director is to blame for this, he didn’t convey his imagination. If he did, then well, I stand corrected and the actors were to blame. The only Note worthy actor was Maggie Smith, which my none muggle readers will know her as Professor Minerva McGonagall. She didn’t have many scenes, but when she was, she had the best expressions. It could be argued that cause she is a house hold name, it could be a bias to say that.

The cinematography was really well done in the start of the film. Then it just disappeared in quality like a Toronto Raptors Defence. The best editing is the intro credits to the movie. We follow a seagull making its way back to mount Olympus and as it flies it covers different terrain which ultimately brings you to normal mountains, then snow top mountains, then finally Mount Olympus. It has this feeling of leaving our boring lives and getting set up for a epic adventure filled of Greek gods.

The cool thing bout this 118 minute Fantasy, has to be the “Stop Motion“. The technique is still used today most commonly in “Robot Chicken”. It gives the film this classic, epic, and mystical feeling. At times it works, and many others it doesn’t. The audio wasn’t anything to rave about. Audio meaning music and sound effects. The composing was weak, and so was some of the choices for the sound effects. When the “Medusa” shows her rattle snake tail, I thought she was going to become a transformer. The Make up did an amazing job as well.

I don’t see many people owning this movie, Unless its your childhood movie or you’re a movie buff, student, etc. Its a rental at best. The behind the scene extra’s are a worth a quick look if you ever rented it.

Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5, cinematography: 2.5 out of 5, editing: 3.3 out of 5, Audio: 3 out of 5,: Acting 2 out of 5 Rent-Own? RENT

Look out for the remake review COMING SOON.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW