Friday 9 December 2016

Movies: Clash of the Titans * * *

(12A, general release)

Paul Whitington

Published 02/04/2010 | 05:00

Say what you like about the Greeks, they made up some great stories back in the day.

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The Iliad, The Odyssey and other tales of gods and monsters seem perfect fodder for the Hollywood dream-spinners, yet by and large the films inspired by them have tended to be complete dogs' dinners. This Louis Letterier film is actually a remake of a 1981 movie and, while it gets a lot wrong, it does one very important thing right and that's tell a great story competently well.

Sam Worthington (after Avatar, the action hero of the moment) is Perseus, retrieved from the sea as an infant and raised by a kindly fisherman. When Hades, the God of the Underworld (Ralph Fiennes) kills his adopted family, Perseus must face up to his true heritage. He's a demi-God, the half-human son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), and he soon finds himself in a very awkward position. The good folk of Argos have turned their backs on Zeus and co, provoking a war that only Perseus can avert.

The makers tacked on a 3D element, but this is ham-fisted and largely irrelevant. It's the story that keeps you going, and even the tiresome CGI effects are not enough to distract you from that.

Irish Independent

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