Saturday, May 15, 2010

Clash of the Titans [2010]

Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Mads Mikkelsen, Gemma Arterton
Genre:
Action/Fantasy/Mythology
Rating: Teen (violence, horrific images)
Comment: "Even the star-studded cast can't save what is ultimately a forgettable remake..."

Don't you just hate it when a film that you have been jumping up and about like a schoolgirl turned out to be disappointing? Alright, that may have been a stretch, for Titans is not an altogether a disappointing movie. Any story that has roots in Greek Mythology can hardly be a letdown, no matter how inaccurate it can be.

Bear in mind that this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name is very loosely based on the myth of Perseus, much to the chagrin of FPBM!. One example, do not go around saying that Perseus is the son of Zeus when he is actually the son of the Sea-god Poseidon. But let's just play along.

Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus embarks on a quest to kill the Underworld-god Hades after his adopted family was killed as collateral damage in the war between Man and the Olympian gods.

Starring the rising action star Sam Worthington, FPBM! simply would like to wish him "better luck next time". Despite being the central character to the movie, one will find that he did not have the kind of screen presence nor star power to portray the mythical hero. Of course, there is that possibility that it is not his fault entirely. Sharing screen credit with future Hall of Famer Liam Neeson cannot be easy, and it doesn't help that uber-cool actors like Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen are also starring.

It is understandable that this film is a remake, and it was probably just trying to remain faithful. But all the same, the film could have benefited from better writing. Due to that, the pace at which the film moves at leaves a lot to be desired.

However, as it was said earlier, it is not an entirely boring movie. It is good while it lasts, and it has it's moments. But in the end, it could easily be forgotten as soon as you walk out the movie theatre.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Greek mythology
- Casting

The Bad [-40]
- Inaccurate
- Mediocre writing
- Pacing

100 - 40 = 60 points

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