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Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans (2010)

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There were things about this movie that I liked better than the original, and others that didn't quite measure up.

The original, from what I remember, is a lot more true to the Greek myth. This one takes liberties with the story, but truth be told it doesn't bother me that much. The acting in the original is definitely better though. Despite its corny nature, the original had a much more serious and epic tone to it.

The acting in this version was a little more cookie cutter. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes were decent (they usually are), but they could have offered much more. It was hard to tell if that was on them or the script. Sam Worthington was also kind of so-so compared to Harry Hamlin. Now Sam Worthington could totally kick Harry Hamlin’s ass, but he was kind of wooden in his portrayal of the Greek hero Perseus.

Calibos was pretty much wasted in this movie. The character felt tacked on. It was like they remembered he had to be in the movie at the last minute and threw him in after the whole thing was written. Maybe it's because I was a kid, but I found the portrayal in the original way creepier too.  He was one of those characters you loved to hate, while in this version he was a throwaway.

This movie reminded me more of something along the lines of The Mummy than a tale of Greek mythology. There's nothing wrong with The Mummy. I like The Mummy, but this was something in between The Mummy (good) and The Mummy Returns (kind of eh). That's where some of the problems were. Though, some of the action scenes were fun. I liked the fight with the giant scorpions and Medusa, for example.

The Kraken, obviously looked way better in this version. But considering it took the thing 15 minutes to rise up from the water, the fight scene was anti-climactic.

Rating: Thumbs half way up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure in April 2010.