Sam Worthington   Liam Neeson   Ralph Fiennes

   CLASH OF THE TITANS

      One must wonder why a $70 million dollar budget movie that has all the makings for a summer blockbuster would hit theaters in early April. Perhaps it's the holiday, perhaps the summer slate lined up like gallstones or maybe the studio understood what a royal flop they had on there hands and wanted to cut their losses without much competition. For anyone who saw Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief the plot here will be more than a little redundant. For those of us young enough not to remember the original this will seem like a hodge-podge of scenes and elements taken from Gladiator, Troy, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and even the cheesy Superman films. Clash of the Titans easily establishes itself as one of the worst and most ridiculous pictures of 2010.

      As Zeus (Neeson) the creator of man looks for a way to make his creations worship him again, his brother Hades (Fiennes) recommends himself going down to cause the humans to fight among themselves in order to remind the people who is boss. With a deadline and a threat of a cracken, the people turn to demigod Perseus (Worthington) who wants nothing more than to avenge the death of his human parents who Hades destroyed. Perseus will travel with great warriors to battle giant scorpions, Medusa, and try to save mankind from destroying itself.

      Another example of a remake that should never have been allowed to happen... another example of making a movie without a sturdy script to rely on. French director Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2, The Incredible Hulk) flows through this film like a starving man presented with a steak dinner. The dialog sounds like a third grade writing level, the special effects blanket the film from beginning to end, and the manner in which a 3 hour film is condensed into this drive thru version is a mixed blessing. While the teenage oriented film Percy Jackson, based on the same characters and plot was another terrible movie, it at least provided the audience with a unique modern version of an age old story.

      Besides seeing Fiennes and Neeson on screen together for the first time since Schindler's List the rest of the disappointing mess is one ridiculous image after another. One of the characters even resembles a Transformer! Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) might be mainstream Hollywood's go to guy these days for special effects actions films; however the heaping pile of crap that has become known as his filmography is an embarrassing resume of talentless roles.

Final Thought - Clash of the Morons, this film from acting to editing is some of the worst all year.

 

Grade  D-

By: Dustin Chase W.

Editor: Jennifer Gih