Thursday, 5 August 2010

Clash of the Titans Review

This is a a review of the movie Clash of the Titans, with Liam Neeson as Zeus and Sam Worthington as Perseus. The movie is an update and remake of the 1981 film which is based, however loosely on the Greek myth of Perseus.

The movie opens with a narration by Io, Gemma Arterton, telling the story of the Titanomachy, war of the Titans, which goes into a short sequence of a casket floating to the surface after a storm and is found by a fisher man,which he opens and finds a baby boy , the story then flash-forwards about ten years and the fisherman, his with and a young Perseus are sitting by a fire on the shore and talk about the boys destiny, at this point the story is very much like the 1981 version with the boy living in a small fishing village with his family, the story then jumps forward by 12 years and the now adult Perseus, Sam Worthington, is aboard his families boat when a group of soldiers destroy a 50 - 60 foot stone statue to the god Zeus as a open sign of war against the gods, up to this point there hadn't been much use of CGI or any other animation techniques which I found refreshing as most movies that came out around the same time had a shit load in the first act of the story.

The second act of the story opens and is as fast paced as the original 1981 version, the next major use of CGI animation the fight sequence with the huge scorpions this is pretty much it as far as the high lights of the second part of the animation goes the rest of the animation in the second act of the is confined to simple in camera effects and make-up magic.

The third and final act of the story starts of well as the heros of the story face off against Madusa in an mixed media layer, mostly green screen, with the hero decapitating her head, but the final part of the story is predictable and slow, the only feature of the final sequence is when the hero, Worthington, destroys the kraken, the enormous sea monster, with the decapitated head of Maduse.

All in all the movie is enjoyable through out the first two acts however at the end the story seems some what rushed and unfinished, as the story leaves a number of minor plot points unresolved and up in the air.

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