Clash of the Titans brings in the special effects, acting titans Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes in their first joint work since Schindler’s List, and an option to watch the movie in 3D.
Unfortunately, the movie arrives flat and inconsequential — a listless attempt that fails on so many levels.
Perseus (Sam Worthington) plots to kill a god after he encounters Hades (Fiennes) creating havoc at an idol protest. Citizens of Argos, upset that the gods have made life harder on them, have gone about desecrating statues, and Hades takes advantage of the chaos to promote himself to Mount Olympus.
Turns out the Olympic gods are powered by worship, and faith is running pretty low. The gods buy into Hades’ scheme to destroy Argos by sending the Kraken to destroy it, and Perseus saves the day after discovering he’s a son of Zeus and blessed with special abilities.
The movie moves on rails with events happening in forced sequence, one after another, without enough cohesion to make it worth really caring about.
Side stories like Princess Andromeda’s moral conundrum — should she let the citizens sacrifice her to appease the Kraken — are given minimum treatment and are basically irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
There is no question that Perseus will succeed in his quest, and the lack of urgency cripples the movie — in addition to poor pacing, a cheesy speech to rile the troops (they all end up dying), and a prophecy that never happens.
Also worth noting is the scene in which the Djinn (an Arabic figure) blows himself up. Cue eye-roll.
In the end, Zeus (Neeson) rewards Perseus by resurrecting an ally, but does that mean the audience will be “rewarded” with a sequel?