Clash of the Titans (2010)

The new movie out for the weekend is Clash of the Titans. It is out there for 3D viewing as well, which I opted for. This is a remake of the classic Ray Harryhausen version. Everyone probably knows a little about the story through mythology in school, or seeing the 1981 version of this film. So I won’t spend time, or waste my precious typing skills telling you the plot.

The film stars Sam Worthington who must be the new action star as he was in both Terminator Salvation and Avatar last year. Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) stars as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List) as Hades. You would think with all these Oscar nominated actors there might be a decent performance, but everyone is just going through the motions in this one.

Well, about the movie as a whole. First off, let me say, seeing this in 3D was not that big of deal. I always thought that 3D was a pretty neat novelty but Avatar has set the bar so high as to what good 3D should be, “Titans” pretty much sucked with their 3D. What took James Cameron years to do with 3D, “Titans” tried to do in 8 weeks, and it shows. Not that any movie can touch Avatar with 3D, but since Avatar, to me there is good 3D and bad 3D. 3D is no longer a gimmick. 3D is here to stay it seems, so please Hollywood, do it right and don’t just churn out junk like the preview of Piranha I saw.

This film never really develops into much of anything. It seems to be in a hurry just to get to the next battle scene. So much of a hurry it doesn’t give any character a chance to develop and no character is ever given a chance to do anything other than swing a sword at a CGI creature. Even with todays special effects, the world created in “Titans” is not nearly as magical as the world created in the original. So, you can imagine what I recommend, go rent the original and enjoy Harry Hamlin, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier and of course the special effects of the great Ray Harryhausen, which is now available on bluray. Save your ticket money on this one.














Taken is a great action packed espionage film. I am guessing everyone has seen the trailers or TV commercials, so it is no big secret what the plot is. Bryan Mills’ daughter is kidnapped, and he goes to rescue her…and as he puts it “I will find you. I will  kill you.” The only thing I can think of to compare this to is Casino Royale. Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) character has the same ruthlessness and quick violent attitude as Daniel Craig as James Bond. Liam Neeson is perfectly cast in this role and delivers everything you’d expect.

Watching this on blu-ray, the picture looks great. The colors are rich and the night scenes are especially good with the blacks being…well…actually black. I really didn’t see much of a difference between the director’s cut and what I remember from the theatre, no significant scenes or anything that adds much to what was already there. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes their heroes to be human and with a bit of an edge to them. This one is worth catching for sure.