Clash of the Titans

2010

Clash of the Titans

Critics Consensus

An obviously affectionate remake of the 1981 original, Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans doesn't offer enough visual thrills to offset the deficiencies of its script.

27%

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40%

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The 1981 mythological fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans is resurrected in this remake from Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier. Discovered at sea as an infant by a weary fisherman, demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) grows up with no real knowledge of his celestial origins until his watchful guardian, Io (Gemma Arterton), informs him that he is the offspring of Zeus (Liam Neeson). When Zeus' brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) casually wipes out Perseus' family, the grieving son vows to show the gods just what kind of damage humankind can inflict on its creators. Before long, Perseus and a small group of soldiers are venturing out into the desert in order to find a way to stop the Kraken, a terrifying force of nature that an indignant Hades has vowed to unleash upon man should they fail to offer up beloved princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) as a sacrifice. Along the way, the soldiers encounter a trio of frightening witches with second sight, contend with Hades' devoted servant Calibos (Jason Flemyng), battle giant scorpions, and come face to face with Medusa (Natalia Vodianova), the dreaded gorgon whose gaze has the power to turn men into stone. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Clash of the Titans

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  • The computer animation looks uninspired after last year's dazzling Avatar. As for the 3-D visuals, they're oddly glitchy.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • It's doubtful that records are kept about this sort of thing, but consider the possibility that Clash of the Titans is the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Demi-God flick is demi-good

    Apr 18, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The clashing titans in Clash of the Titans are a pretty sorry lot.

    Apr 9, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Thank the Gods Gemma Arterton is very, very good looking.

    Apr 7, 2010 | Rating: 1/4
  • It's a little campy, a little creepy, a little too long and sometimes a bit of a mess. But it all adds up to a welcome dose of old-fashioned b-movie entertainment.

    Apr 5, 2010

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  • Jun 01, 2014
    Remake of Clash of the Titans is a train wreck that relies far too much on CGI, as well as bland performances from the cast. What makes this a poor effort is that the original didn't need a remake as it wasn't that great to begin with, it was a borderline decent affair that had its moments, but in the long run was a forgettable movie that didn't warrant multiple viewings. With this remake, they follow essentially the same idea as the original, but use way too much CGI, which cheapens the film. Add to that tiresome performances from the cast, and you have a film that is painful to sit through that never is anything really entertaining. Clash of the Titans didn't necessitate a remake because the original wasn't memorable and there was limited ways to improve upon the plot, which of course the filmmakers seem to copy here, and never establish anything refreshing. With boring performances and a wasted cast, this remake joins all the others that have failed to really establish something good to a classic film, but in this case since the original wasn't memorable, I'm curious to know why they even went ahead with this movie. The film follows practically the same path as the original, but with insane CGI that is over the top, and fairly pointless in the long run. I found myself not really enjoying this one, in fact I found it to be a very bad movie and I was hoping that it wasn't as bad as what everyone has said about it. Don't go expecting great things from this film, it is a very disappointing film and it's a film that is highly forgettable because it's defi9nitely not a good movie.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2013
    Let's begin with the most inconvenient aspect of them all: it is not based on Greek mythology, but on a previous film. Leterrier is strongly paving his road to suckness, proving that he can be as bad as he wants to. This worthless 2010 remake had a very specific target market: youngsters ignorant of Greek mythology. It is not a condemnation towards them, but if knowledge is what they seek, they should refer to literature. Naturally, and most probably, they won't. They came here for the special effects. They came here to see the CGI-improved Kraken. They came here to see Liam Neeson in another of his legendary, immortal roles, and maybe Ralph Fiennes as the personification of another villain with supernatural powers. It has been a long time since we left the classic stop-motion effects behind, which surely made a stronger impact on the audiences and captured the epic-sized scope of all things. This film also lacks the classic adventure formula that Hollywood followed from the 50s until the 80s. Actually, <i>Clash of the Titans</i> (1981) seemed like a farewell, which is why it is so missed and somewhat misunderstood. I am not stating that there is a specific formula to follow with each particular genre, in this case, the classic adventure recipe. I am stating why the original film worked better. Do you get the difference? That's my point. It is hilarious to note how the screenplay is a messy contradiction, especially at the end. The gods keep changing their minds, feeling rage and shouting at one moment and recognizing some human nature in them at the next. Zeus says to Perseus: "Be better than we were", and his immediate next line is "And if you insist on continuing this mundane human existence...". Lol. The gods seem to have an identity crisis, begging for human love and worship like menopausal widows, punishing them when they please, and thanking them after. 44/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2013
    The remake of the 1981 original is much more better (visually, of course) but it is obviously inefficient from the lackluster script. But though misdirected, the script wasn't that much harm to take away from the thrilling CGI-work throughout the entirety of the film. 3.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2013
    Short on talent and overloaded with special effects, Clash of the Titans is a spectacle without much depth. When the gods release their most deadly weapon against the city of Argos, it falls upon the demigod Perseus to save humanity from destruction. The cast features some impressive talent, including Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes, but their tied down by a bad script. And while the special effects provide some amazing visual sequences, they're not very effective at enhancing the story. The sloppiness of the filmmaking prevents Clash of the Titans from delivering anything more than some occasional thrills in a lackluster adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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