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Clashing with the Clash of the Titans

Reviewed by Miv Evans

Distributed & Produced by: Warner Bros.
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Screenplay by: Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Featuring: Sam Worthington (Perseus), Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes)
Release Date:  2nd April, 2010
Running time: 118 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13
 
Clash of the Titans is described as an action, adventure, drama, fantasy, and is set at the time when gods ruled from Mount Olympus and myths and legends were created.  Warner Bros portray this celestial world perfectly and, like our hero, never waiver from their quest.  After a brief intro, the film follows Perseus as he fights his way through unholy demons, outwits crowing witches, wards off fearsome beasts, overcomes the kracken, triumphs over the god of the underworld, beheads the dreaded gorgon and, in his final battle, saves Princess Andromeda from sacrifice.  The action never stops, with clash after tumultuous clash erupting by the minute, all of which will make this most dazzling extravaganza into one of the most brilliant video games ever.  But unfortunately, as a film, it sucks.

From encountering these titanic gods we should be able to recognize archetypes that exist in our world today and the mythical tales of power-play, driven by greed and lust, should resonate and make us wonder how little we have all really changed.

But only lip service is paid to the character interaction and all energy is reserved for costumes, make up, the most creative sets imaginable and of course the special effects that dance and erupt sequence after sequence.  Personally, I’m hoping the global audience will soon tire of all this paraphernalia and come to the conclusion that once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.  Unfortunately, I think I could have a long wait. 
 
However, on the positive side I must say I think Liam Neeson is far more attractive with long wavy hair and I did enjoy the part when Perseus leads his posse into Medusa’s temple.  Even with all those unflattering snake-locks Medusa is still a bit of a stunner, but every time a guy tries to hit on her she gives just the one look and he is turned to stone, mid-action.  It really is a hoot.
   
Not so much of a hoot is wearing those annoying 3D glasses which aren’t particularly comfortable and certainly don’t contribute to a relaxing movie experience, which is what it’s supposed to be.  The woman sitting next to me had to put hers over her own glasses and they wouldn’t stay on so she watched it without and said it really didn’t make much difference.    The studios really need to think about those two facts before they lavish millions of dollars on their next remake (sorry, project).  And from a hygienic (OK, phobic) point of view, if they supply wet-wipes at Supermarkets to clean cart handles where other people’s hands have been, why can’t they do the same for glasses where other people’s hair has been?  The more you think about it the more disgusting it gets.  Yuk.  
         
This 2010 version really compares badly to the original, released in 1981, which was an enchanting experience.  There were, of course, very few special effects but there was a lot of story and, call me old fashioned, that’s what I expect when I go to the cinema.  If it was a video game I wanted I would stay home, which is just what I think I’ll do for my next 3D experience unless, of course, the studio wants to splash out and divvy up for a couple of germaphobe-friendly wet wipes. 


Miv Evans is a British producer now living in Los Angeles

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"Clash of the Titans" Film Production Notes

"Clash of the Titans" Film Notes

SAM WORTHINGTON as Perseus from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' epic action adventure "The Clash of the Titans," distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Jay Maidment

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The film "Clash of the Titans" was released in 3D worldwide on April 2, 2010.

Jump into a mythological world of epic action and adventure when "Clash of the Titans" arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on July 27th from Warner Home Video. "Clash of the Titans" propels audiences into the mythological realm of Perseus' quest amidst a world where the gods are formidable and the creatures even more fearsome.

The Blu-ray disc includes an exciting never-before-seen alternate ending and the immersive Maximum Movie Mode, which includes walk-ons by Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Director Louis Leterrier, focus points, Picture-in-Picture commentary, and BD-Live connectivity.

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On July 27, 2010, "Clash of the Titans" theatrical version was available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. The Unrated Cut and theatrical version can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.

The film was simultaneously be released in 2D, according to Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. Afterwards, a home version will be released on Blu-ray 3D DVD.

In making the announcement, Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, said, "We are experienced and have been successful in the conversion of 2D to 3D going back to such hits as 'The Polar Express,' select scenes in 'Superman Returns' and the last two Harry Potter films."

Fellman continued, "We are confident in the constantly evolving 3D technology, and the results for 'Clash of the Titans' will be presented onscreen with the highest-quality images available today. Based on our track record, we know that audiences are embracing the RealD and IMAX experiences, and we see many opportunities on our film slate to provide moviegoers with these great options at the multiplex."

Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Picture Group, said, "We're excited about 3D and look forward to bringing a rich, involving visual experience to audiences around the world." Read more about 3D movies upcoming soon.

Clash of the Titans movie trailer

Watch the Official "Clash of the Titans" movie trailer from Warner Bros. Pictures through Hulu. Click on the white triangle to start the movie.

In "Clash of the Titans," the ultimate struggle for power pits 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 (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), 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 (Liam Neeson) 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" is being directed by Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk"). Leading the international cast is Australian actor Sam Worthington ("Terminator Salvation," the upcoming "Avatar") as Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, king of the gods. Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson ("Taken," "Schindler's List") takes on the role of the mighty Zeus, and Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (the "Harry Potter" films, "The English Patient") plays the role of Hades, god of the underworld, who feeds on human fear. Rounding out the cast is Gemma Arterton ("Quantum of Solace") as Io, Perseus' mysterious spiritual guide throughout his journey; Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale") as Draco, who takes up his sword to join Perseus' quest; Jason Flemyng ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") as Acrisius, a one-time king turned hideous beast; and Alexa Davalos ("Defiance") as Andromeda, a princess doomed to lose her life if Perseus does not succeed.

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Based on the 1981 film of the same name, written by the late Beverley Cross, "Clash of the Titans" is directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi ("Aeon Flux"), story by Travis Beacham ("Dog Days of Summer") and Hay & Manfredi. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk ("We Are Marshall") and Kevin De La Noy ("The Dark Knight"). The executive producers are Academy Award® winner Richard D. Zanuck and Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and William Fay.

The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Peter Menzies, Jr. ("The Incredible Hulk"); production designer Martin Laing ("Terminator Salvation"); editor Vincent Tabaillon ("The Incredible Hulk"); Academy Award®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming ("Topsy-Turvy," "The Dark Knight"); Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis ("The Dark Knight"); Oscar®-nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor O'Sullivan ("The Dark Knight," "Saving Private Ryan"); Academy Award®-winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould ("Gladiator"); and Academy Award®-winning makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore ("Elizabeth").

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, "Clash of the Titans," opening April 2, 2010. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company
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In "Clash of the Titans," the ultimate struggle for power pits 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 (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), 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 (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth.

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