Posted: 07/23/2010

 

Clash Of The Titans (2010)

by Del Harvey




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Directed by Louis Leterrier, this remake of the popular 1981 film of the same name gives new life to ancient myth and epic storytelling pitting men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world.

Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades, vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

Clash of the Titans delivers some cool special effects, including some disturbing creature designs - reminiscent of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth - as well as some massively impressive set pieces. The action sequences are just what you’d expect for this type of film, and most audiences should enjoy the battle sequence with the giant scorpions as well as most of the swordfights, and definitely the pivotal battle scenes with Medusa.

As summer escape film fare, Clash of the Titans delivers. The BluRay version is beautiful, and I found it even more enjoyable than my theatre-going experience.

Clash of the Titans stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, and Alexa Davalos.

The BluRay includes these special features:
-Maximum Movie Mode: Harnessing the Gods, with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and director Louis Leterrier and enhanced picture-in-picture; enhanced scene breakdowns; enhanced VFX breakdowns; on-the-spot vignettes; close-up views of the Kraken, the Scorpiochs, Medusa, stuntwork, filming locales, and more
-Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages
-Alternate ending: Perseus confronts Zeus on Mount Olympus
-Additional scenes

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.



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