Clash of the Titans delivers dramatic action sequences and crisp effects,
but leaves viewers unsatisfied with shallow writing and characters.
Even with 3-D, Sam Worthington is still one dimensional.
The basic concept of this remake of the 1981 film is that mankind is tired of the gods. They decide the best course of action is to rebel against Olympus.
The protagonist Perseus, played by Worthington, is a demigod and has all
the gifts needed to save humanity but wants to avoid his half-god roots.
It follows the basic structure of all epics with a strange birth, tragedy, quest, obstacles and a great foe.
Unfortunately for movie goers, anything they read in middle school about Greek mythology was more compelling than this story.
Liam Neeson plays a strong, loving and sleazy Zeus. His portrayal is really
fun to watch. The rest of the characters are better than the boring Perseus, but not awe inspiring.
With big action films like this one, viewers should not expect too much character depth or story line.
Even with lowered expectations, however, the action in Titans does not make up for the thrown together script.
Titans opens much like the Disney film Hercules except the cartoon handled explaining the background of Greek mythology much better. In fact, the first half hour of the film stumbles as it tries to set up the epic quest and action sequences.
The dialogue is bad and Perseus is totally inconsistent. Luckily, however, soon everyone shuts up and fights monsters, and that’s really what this movie is all about.
The battles are fantastic. The mythological creatures are realistic yet still feel like special effects.
Anyone who has any attachment to Greek mythology will enjoy watching these beautiful and terrifying creatures attack the men. The over-hyped Kraken is the least exciting of all the creatures in film, which makes the climax fall flat.
In the end, Titans leaves you wishing you had seen more. The beauty and effects could have been complemented so well with just a little more care in the story telling.
You never really care much about Perseus, and that’s what makes this movie just another soon-to-be-forgotten action romp.
The film gets 2 1/2 out 5 stars for good visuals.