‘Titans’ ‘clash’ in a good way

Titans capture the eyes of audiences from beginning to end in the remake of the 1981 film, “Clash of the Titans.”

The 2010 film, directed by Louis Leterrier, is loosely based off the fantasies of the Greek myth of Perseus.

The film was originally set to release on March 26 but a sudden announcement said it would be converted to 3-D and released on April 2 instead.

“Clash of the Titans” charts the epic adventure of Perseus (Sam Worthington), the bastard son of Zeus, who was born as a god but raised as a man. The story includes struggles, love and uprising between mankind and the gods. But it’s the war between the gods, Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) that could destroy the world.

Perseus volunteers to lead a brave band of warriors on a dangerous mission to defeat the deceitful Hades before Zeus unleashes a hellish sea creature known as the Kraken. After conquering forbidden worlds, demons and beasts, Perseus will only then be able to survive and accept his own power as a god, defying fate and creating his own destiny.

Compared to the 1981 film, the modern version has more adventure and gives a further understanding to unimaginable Greek myths. Perseus was originally portrayed as the mortal hero who carried out a series of quests by the gods in order to win the hand of the imprisoned princess Andromeda. The original film was cheesy and dragged on while the 2010 version is one action-packed adventure after another.

Cinematically, today’s computer graphics bring to life the whimsical powers of gods and the overbearing ugly creature that is the Kraken. Medusa even made crowds jump a little when she appeared from the shadows. After watching the original, the movie proved to be a vast improvement.

As for the acting, it was hard to get past Perseus in the beginning. He constantly had a grumpy face and said little to nothing, which made it hard to believe in his anger when he appeared similar to a pouting child. The rest of the performances were fairly decent and comical from moment-to-moment.

The movie was full of action and adventure but it was shamelessly straightforward.

Audience members who had seen the original will see a dramatic difference between the two productions, like a more meaningful plot and the exclusion of useless characters and information.

Greek mythology may not be this generation’s theme, but young adults and children who love adventure stories — without adding in the random sex and exhausted fight scenes — will find this adventure full of surprises in titanic proportions.

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