Dir Louis Leterrier US (PG13)
In story terms, Clash of the Titans doesn’t stray too far from the beloved 1981 Ray Harryhausen classic that spawned it. The setting is mythical Ancient Greece – an age of gods, monsters and muscular men in chainmail skirts. Sam Worthington is Perseus, an orphaned demi-God drawn into the battle between man and the immortals when Hades (Ralph Fiennes), lord of the underworld, threatens to unleash his great sea-beast, the Kraken, on the city of Argos.
Both Worthington and love interest Gemma Arterton look like they’re on a strenuous Aegean package holiday, but luckily they’re surrounded by the likes of Fiennes, Pete Postlethwaite and Liam Neeson as Zeus, whose commanding, armour-clad presence seems, at times, to be the only thing holding this crumbling edifice together. But, whatever the flaws in the script, there’s no faulting director Louis Leterrier’s visual ambition: this is a film of mighty vistas, beautifully designed beasts and intense, well-structured combat sequences.
Taking the lessons of The Lord of the Rings to heart, Leterrier goes all-out for excess: his computer-generated camera soars above sprawling cities, endless deserts and blasted underworld hellscapes, lending the film a dizzying, epic scale. As an experiment in high-Hollywood style over substance, Clash of the Titans is a very entertaining ride.