Clash of the Titans (2010)
In “Clash of the Titans,” the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
This film is a stunning cinematic experience for the eyes. It is rich in visuals and special effects which include gods, flying creatures and the underworld. It is a good example as to why some movies play better on a large screen than a small one. The problem is the story stalls at times. So much is happening visually that character development and the story gets second and third place in the film’s priorities. Perseus (Sam Worthington) is one of the few characters we as an audience get to spend time with.
When soldiers challenge the gods by destroying the statue of Zeus with contempt, Zeus is implored by his brother Hades to strike back at them. It is decided that the princess of Argos, Andromeda, must be sacrificed by a specific time or all of Argos will be destroyed by a Kraken. It becomes Perseus’ quest to find a way to stop it from destroying Argos. He goes in pursuit of Medusa, whose eyes can turn people and creatures into stone if they but gaze into her eyes.
Unfortunately, as a family-friendly film it doesn’t cut it, as it contains strong violence with stabbings and spears thrust through humans, in addition to a beheading and fights. In addtion, our sex category merits a three rating, which places it outside Dove’s family-friendly guidelines. We therefore are unable to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.