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Clash Of The Titans (2010)

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Perhaps Titans won't clash?

Remember Bubo, the crap clockwork owl from the otherwise fondly remembered 1981 gods’n’monster-mash Clash Of The Titans? Louis Leterrier does, and is quick to distance his remake with a (literal) put-down of the golden bird. Admirable statement of intent – or would be, if this was halfway decent.

The fundamental problem is that this should be so easy. The story is already the stuff of legend: all that’s needed is the bells and whistles of FX and the appropriate dose of derring-do. Instead, Leterrier strips away all but the barest of mythical context to leave the thing lurching from world to underworld like a Grecian platform game.

What’s particularly galling is that Letterier – whose Transporter movies had the cheek this needs – has checked in his exuberance at the foot of Mount Olympus. As a wooden Worthington glowers and grunts through sub-300 swordfights, the scant entertainment comes from seeing preening Goth Ralph Fiennes and bearded Lothario Liam Neeson camp it up as rivals Hades and Zeus.

And, of course, there’s no Ray Harryhausen. In cinemas, the FX’s shortcomings were sheltered by the Stygian gloom of the slapdash 3D. Two dimensions are less forgiving. The Medusa’s whiplash movement lacks the stealthy menace of Harryhausen’s iconic version, while the Kraken is a generic, boring beastie with none of the plasticine personality. Biggest shame: no hydra-headed dogs, leaving a blockbuster remake that offers less action than its source. Titans will clash? If only.

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    • therealeverton

      Jul 26th 2010, 21:02

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      It is one of the worst films I have ever seen. Not sure it's worth typing anymore.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jul 26th 2010, 21:51

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      Without a doubt the worst film I'd ever seen. Sam Worthington is shaping up to be the next Keanu Reeves - really cannot act but is inexplicably HUGE right now. One star is generous. Two, TF, is pushing it.

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    • Nickey09

      Jul 26th 2010, 22:46

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      The 80's Harryhausen classic original had characters the audience could care about and a storyline that we could follow. This piece of c**p seemed to be just a showcase about how many 3D computer special effects a movie can cram into a two hour limit. It was a disaster. Stephen Colbert was right on the money in his review, "3-Dimensional Effects/1-Dimensional Acting".

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    • Nickey09

      Jul 26th 2010, 22:50

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      ...Oh, and WHY was Worthington's character the ONLY ONE with a haircut??? EVERYONE else had the long hair thing. Is it in his contract that he needs a buzzcut in every movie?

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