"Clash of the Titans" (2010) On-Camera Review

by Eric Melin on April 1, 2010

in Video Reviews

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.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Troy April 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Okay, I was hoping for a bit of some glory on this one. Looks like it is what I thought it was going to be. A big pile of steaming CGI crap. I loved the 81 version, heck I just watched it last weekend. I will wait until the DVD is in the 5 bucks bin at Dollar General or better yet on TBS!

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2 Troy April 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Okay, I was hoping for a bit of some glory on this one. Looks like it is what I thought it was going to be. A big pile of steaming CGI crap. I loved the 81 version, heck I just watched it last weekend. I will wait until the DVD is in the 5 bucks bin at Dollar General or better yet on TBS!

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3 Vaughn April 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Youtube hates it when I use trailer footage in a review., but don’t seem to mind so much when it comes from you.

Agreed, the CGI looks nice but that doesn’t make it worthwhile. Also I’d say the ’81 film was behind in the times. It looks like a late ’60s movie compared to Raider of the Lost Ark, and that’s not solely because of the stop-motion.

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4 Vaughn April 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Youtube hates it when I use trailer footage in a review., but don’t seem to mind so much when it comes from you.

Agreed, the CGI looks nice but that doesn’t make it worthwhile. Also I’d say the ’81 film was behind in the times. It looks like a late ’60s movie compared to Raider of the Lost Ark, and that’s not solely because of the stop-motion.

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5 Jon Sholly April 5, 2010 at 10:09 am

On the plus side, when getting ready to take a dump you can now say “I’ve gotta go release the Kraken!” Hooray!!!

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6 Jon Sholly April 5, 2010 at 10:09 am

On the plus side, when getting ready to take a dump you can now say “I’ve gotta go release the Kraken!” Hooray!!!

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7 Eric Melin April 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Troy- Maybe it would play better with commercials since the scenes don’t really add up to anything all together.

Vaughn- We get express permission from the studios before we put our clips together! They send us all press materials…

Jon- We filmed a scene where i was doing just that, but cut it because it wasn’t funny. “I fucked up the timing!” – Artie Fufkin

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8 Eric Melin April 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Troy- Maybe it would play better with commercials since the scenes don’t really add up to anything all together.

Vaughn- We get express permission from the studios before we put our clips together! They send us all press materials…

Jon- We filmed a scene where i was doing just that, but cut it because it wasn’t funny. “I fucked up the timing!” – Artie Fufkin

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9 Tony April 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Hey Eric,

I wish I would have seen your review of Clash of the Titans prior to the misadventure at the theatre……..I think you should provide a top ten list for your readers/viewers of “alternate yet more enjoyable things to do rather than see CotT” like….”scrubbing toilets after mexican food night” or have a “change your grandfathers diaper day”. Yeah those would have been much much more fun.

Tony

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10 Tony April 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Hey Eric,

I wish I would have seen your review of Clash of the Titans prior to the misadventure at the theatre……..I think you should provide a top ten list for your readers/viewers of “alternate yet more enjoyable things to do rather than see CotT” like….”scrubbing toilets after mexican food night” or have a “change your grandfathers diaper day”. Yeah those would have been much much more fun.

Tony

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