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Thursday, 28 April 2011
Clash of the Titans
Following the death of his adoptive parents (Pete Postlethwaite, Elizabeth McGovern), demi-God Perseus (Sam Worthington) is recruited by the city of Argos to protect them and their Princess (Alexa Davalos) from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), a quest that will lead him straight into the lair of Medusa (Natalia Vodianova).
There are some good moments in the film offered to us, but which are only made good through the special effects, which are bold, sharp and well defined. Early on we find ourselves gripped by some excellent special effects where Hades uses his dark powers to destroy Argos and kill Perseus's family. This will get your hopes up as they are bold and impressive effects, so you automatically know there will be a lot of great special effects. However, the gaps between the major effects laden scenes are long and dragged out, and they drag out the screenplay with scenes just walking through towns, or slowly sailing through the sea. As for the scene in Medusa's lair, that is quite a creepy one as Perseus is a mouse trapped in a maze, and this is one maze where the Mistress can stick her head out of nowhere and turn you to stone. You know Perseus will win, and you can't wait to see how. But at the same time you can't work out how he will. However -*SPOILER ALERT*- Perseus beheads her as soon as she is in the right position, and she doesn't get a chance to fight back. They build it up for an epic Clash, but wrap it up too quickly.
The screenplay which we are offered not only is inconsistent in the pacing of the action sequences which were riddled with CGI (and in the case of the fight with Medusa are anti-climactic), but we are also offered bland, underdeveloped characters, most of whom get scarcely any screen time compared to Perseus. This is a problem, as Perseus is just not written as a strong enough character to carry the film. He moves through almost the entire film just surly and miserable, and as well as this he fights with such boredom, which disappoints as for a character with so much potential to be a brutal, passionate warrior, you expect a little passion, or there's little worthwhile about him. And with the focus being on him, the rest of the actors are given little to do. For me the major disappointment came from a noticable lack of focus and development on Fiennes's Hades. I was quite excited when I heard that Fiennes would be the antagonist, after his great turns as antagonists Amon Goth in Schindler's List (1993) and Lord Voldemort in the fourth and fifth Harry Potter films (2005/7), and needless to say I was disappointed.
In short the film focuses too much on visuals, with little time getting allocated to the screenplay, resulting in vast amounts of blandness and underdevelopment. I first saw this film in the cinema with my good friends Tom and Daisy, and fortunately we finished our popcorn during the trailers, otherwise I'd probably have hurled mine at the screen in frustration.
Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Natalia Vodianova, Jason Flemyng, Tine Staplefeldt, Nicholas Hoult, Hans Matheson, Liam Cunningham, Ian Whyte, Polly Walker, Vincent Regan, Pete Postlethwaite, Elizabeth McGovern, Kaya Scodelario.
Golden Raspberry nominations: Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel; Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3-D