What’s not Kraken with Clash of the Titans

OK, it’s here, the epic remake you all have been waiting for, Clash of the Titans! It’s time to bring back the film that is known for it’s ground-breaking stop-motion animation back to push the boundaries of special effects, right? Well it’s in 3D so that’s good, right? It stars Sam Worthington so his greatness will rub off on the film, right? Guess not.

Clash of the Titans is the remake of the 1981 film of the same name. The 1981 film is most well known for the stop-motion animation designed by Ray Harryhausen, something so groundbreaking that you still hear it talked about today. Clash of the Titans follows Perseus, the son of Zeus, as he sets off on a quest to save mankind from the wrath of Hades and on the way, get revenge for the death of his family. If you have seen the original, it stays in line with the same plot outline with the main draw being the reveal of the Kraken, Hades’ destroyer of worlds; a beast that devourers everything in it’s path. The Kraken is being unleashed because man is no longer happy with their gods and have decided to start fighting back. In a desperate maneuver, Zeus gives Hades permission to punish the mortals in hopes that this will turn them back to him when they are seeking help.

Like Zeus’ idea of pushing his religion through fear, this film just never works. I never thought I would say this about an epic action film but Clash of the Titans is just down right boring. A lot of the fault lies in it’s cinematography, the camera is jerked and tossed around so much in this film you can never focus on what is in front of you making battle scenes like the one with the Kraken lack suspense. In the film’s final moments, the camera work and the film’s score just leave you yawning in anticipation. After watching the film’s trailer and hearing the corny rock soundtrack I never thought that I would be hoping for that to actually make it’s way into the film, but I did because that would have more honest emotion than anything I heard in Clash of the Titans.

Emotion was also lacking in every bit of character development. I’m not a huge fan of Sam Worthington to begin with but he wasn’t given anything to work with. The film jumps from task to task so quickly that it leaves no time to get to know the characters. Two in particular were the film’s comedic relief, two characters that are in and out of the film as quickly as their goofy dialog. That is the problem with the entire movie: you are never given any reason to care about the characters or the whole premise of the story line. This is further ingrained by Perseus’ lackadaisical reactions to the death of his journey men, leaving the viewer with the impression that if the main character doesn’t care why should I? Just a few minutes of meaningful dialog could have fixed a lot of the film problems, instead we are left with a film full of meaningless acts.

If anything, Clash of the Titans is a film ripe with the what not to do mentality, especially when it comes to 3D. Most studios are finding themselves jumping on the 3D bandwagon and adding post-production 3D to their films just to make an extra buck. The 3D in Clash of the Titans is so poorly designed that by the end of the film I just found myself removing the glasses and having the same experience. There is never the “oh, wow” moment that makes you seek out a 3D film and if you take one thing from my review take this, save your money if you just have to see this movie, watch it in 2D and leave it at that.

Over all, I am just disappointed in Clash of the Titans; it had so much potential to take the source material and expand upon it, if not story-wise then at least in the special effects department. Instead we are left with a laughable version of Medusa, an unviewable Kraken and a blinged out Zeus. If anything, that’s why people want to see this film but the main draw is just not there. I can’t emote enough how surprisingly boring his film is and hope that you heed my warning and skip Clash of the Titans. Save your action dollar for the release of Kick-Ass and you won’t be disappointed.

I sadly give Clash of the Titans the EPIC FAIL.

by Ryan Davis

About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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