This remake of “Clash of the Titans” stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, the son of Zeus, who goes on a quest to kill the mighty Kraken and save the city of Argos. How does the state-of-the-art CGI compare to the 1981 version’s stop-motion animation? Find out in this review featuring clips from the movie.
The first hint that something was fishy about the “Clash of the Titans” remake was the trailer. There was almost no dialogue. All it was was a wordless montage of every CGI monster and 3D special effect in the film, ending with Liam Neeson as Zeus saying the signature line: “Release the Kraken!”
The bad news is that if you’ve seen that trailer, you’ve already seen all the movie has to offer. The 1981 film was a cheesy, inaccurate—but fun—journey through Greek mythology. The main reason it’s held in high regard now is because of Ray Harryhausen’s legendary stop-motion animation.
Stripped of that charm, this new version plays like a videogame, only with less character development. There’s no forward motion or any suspense. This movie wasn’t directed so much as it was “project managed”—a series of barely related CGI sequences with no urgency. It would be one thing if “Clash of the Titans” was merely cheesy like the original, but it’s not. It’s an embarrassingly dull and lifeless affair all round.