“Clash of the Titans 3-D” – 2010. Dir. Louis Leterrier.

With Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Artenrton, Nicholas Holt, and Mads Mikkelsen.

“Release the kraken!”

“Clash of the Titans” is the epic story of man’s rebellion against the Gods. Man has grown angry with the wrath of the Gods, and begins waging a war by destroying monuments and burning down temples. Zeus (masterfully played by Liam Neeson) grows angry with the unrest of humans and their lack of worship. His brother Hades (a creepy turn by Ralph Fiennes) proposes an idea of wrecking havoc with his beast, the kraken, to cause humans to once again fear the Gods and worship.

Poseidon (Danny Houston) the other brother who controls the sea agrees with Hades, and Zeus goes along with the plan. He gives in to Hades misleading plan and Hades begins to wreak havoc on humans. Perseus (Sam Worthington) who is unknowingly a demigod (half human, half God) finds himself in between the human cause of unjust by the Gods, and being the son of Zeus.

What follows is an epic journey of Perseus and a small legion of soldiers traveling to distant lands to seek advice from the three witches, that send them on a journey to kill Medusa and decapitate her to use her head to kill the kraken.

This is my first 3D movie (I never saw “Avatar”; I know I’m the only person in the world that hasn’t seen it). I felt very forced into 3D, it wasn’t necessary to make it in 3D, but I understand why . Well actually 90% of the film was filmed in 2D, but then came “Avatar” and well, you know the rest. A lot of frames where 3D was used made the background out of focus, if we’re focused on the foreground, the background is incredibly fuzzy.

Aside from the epic disaster of 3D, the film was very entertaining. It was a very enjoyable action/adventure film with a solid heroic performance by Worthington and two solid performances by Neeson and Fiennes. Mads Mikkelsen (who played Le Chief in “Casino Royal”) is the leader of the group of men that takes Perseus on this journey. He’s a hard bent soldier who has bloodlust and a need to fight. He’s very entertaining and gives a good performance.

Liam Neeson as the almighty Zeus.

The film is paced well, but some of the parts of the film begin to drag, and leaves you slightly bored (this could also be from my dislike of 3D). The CGI is excellent, the cities, beasts and wide shots of scenery are triumphant. The climactic kraken scene is fucking excellent. It is a magnificent creation of a horrific beast that is one of the most menacing CGI creations ever unleashed on screen.

The one major gripe I have with the film is that it isn’t epic enough. It runs about 116 minutes, but should run closer to 140 minutes. The story is too complex for a short runtime – too many plot arcs were left out, we don’t even see Poseidon for more than a total of 45 seconds. Poseidon is such a major character in Greek mythology since he is the brother of Zeus and Hades. This film should have been made on an epic scale, it should have been longer – at least by 20 to 30 minutes, and should have had better writers.

Skip the 3D and see the film the way it was meant to be, in 2D.

Review 7/10

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Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

2 thoughts on ““Clash of the Titans 3-D” – 2010. Dir. Louis Leterrier.”

  1. Will “release the kraken” ever become as big as all those 300 lines “Tonight, we dine in Hell” or “This is Madness. No This is SPARTAAA!” ?

    I will wait for the DVD but you make an excellent point. Those Greek mythology movies should always be epic, is there any other way?

  2. Sadly I don’t think so, although I think the line is better then anything about “300”. I don’t think the anticipation for “Clash” was nearly as much as “300” (“Clash” is a MUCH better film then “300”).

    I wouldn’t wait for DVD, I would seriously recommend seeing it in 2D. I don’t think the kraken will have nearly the same effect on the small screen.

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