I watched Clash of the Titans at a local theatre and I have to be
sincere, the direction of the movie was so bad that I was speechless for
a few minutes for all the wrong reasons. I'm still trying to understand
how someone could leave such a rich tale so undeveloped on every front
with 106 mins of running time at his disposal.
It's one of those movies which offer you over 1.5 hours of nothingness.
The introduction is insanely rushed as you see the main character go
through different stages in his life within 3-4 minutes giving you just
enough of each for the director to squeeze in a couple of supposedly
memorable quotes regarding the character's destiny (which you forget in
about a minute).
Now I have to mention this because my friends seemed to notice this
issue too: Worthington stood out like a sore thumb in this movie. He
just looked too modern. We agreed that it was due to his look being too
'clean'. His head is shaved (the same exact look he's had in both
Terminator Salvation and Avatar, which is just lazy) and his look never
changes during his supposedly long (epic?) voyage. No scars, barely a
hint of a beard after days of travelling and the occasional fight. I
like the actor and I don't think he was miscast but he was not used well
The characters in general were left TOTALLY undeveloped. People walked
in, walked out and died throughout the story and you never care about
any of them. Important characters go from looking invincible to dying
all of a sudden. I'm serious. WHAM! They're dead. Some 'important'
characters die so quickly that you're not even sure you understood how
they were actually killed.
As I said before, this movie lacked all direction. Some supposedly comic
situations begged to be re-shot. The delivery was terrible and the
director simply seemed in a rush to wrap things up. Not even the
accepted clichés worked well in this movie. One ends up looking at the
people sitting next to him to see whether he was supposed to laugh or
whether they were sharing his same agony as this mess unfolded. The cuts
from one character to another also seemed very odd. You cut from a
character,then to another and then back to the first one and each time
the character is looking in a completely different direction! It was so
surreal, like a low budget 70s movie.
Anyways, this movie has so many problems I can't relate all of them or
this review would end up being more epic than the movie itself. I won't
even go into how cheap and useless most of the dialogue was or the
shocking LACK of action meaning that the first battle, which is supposed
to be against minor enemies, ends up being the most noteworthy 'CLASH'
in the whole movie!
Bottom line: this movie was a complete mess. The direction was terrible
and the story was incredibly boring, leaving some moviegoers asleep as
the end credits rolled.Final Rating:
1/2 a broadsword out of 5Further Reading/Viewing
For more info check out
: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800320/Suggested Viewing
The decent, original: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082186/