Reviewed by: Michael Karounos
kings in the Bible
demons in the Bible
Greece in the Bible
Hades in the Bible
Is there an actual place called “Hell”? Answer
Why was Hell made? Answer
Is there anyone in Hell today? Answer
Will there literally be a burning fire in Hell? Answer
What should you be willing to do to stay out of Hell? Answer
How can a God of love send anybody to Hell? Answer
What if I don’t believe in Hell? Answer
THE GOOD NEWS—How to be saved from Hell. Answer
How can we know there’s a God? Answer
What if the cosmos is all that there is? Answer
If God made everything, who made God? Answer
|Featuring:||Sam Worthington (Perseus), Ralph Fiennes (Hades), Liam Neeson (Zeus), Gemma Arterton (Io), Alexa Davalos (Andromeda), Nicholas Hoult (Eusabios), Danny Huston (Poseidon), Izabella Miko (Athena), Jason Flemyng (Acrisius), Kaya Scodelario (Peshet), Mads Mikkelsen (Draco), Polly Walker (Cassiopeia), Nathalie Cox (Artemis), Tamer Hassan (Ares), Luke Evans (Apollo), See all »|
“The Incredible Hulk,” “Unleashed,” “Transporter 2”
|Producer:||Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Thunder Road Pictures (as Thunder Road Film), The Zanuck Company, Kevin De La Noy, William Fay, Lynn Harris, Basil Iwanyk, Jon Jashni, Karl McMillan, Thomas Tull|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“Between gods and men, the clash begins.”
This is the first in a trilogy of movies. The second is “Wrath of the Titans” (2012).
“Clash of the Titans” is a revenge fable which begins with the Olympian gods’ conquest of the Titans. Zeus (Liam Neeson) apportions the seas to his brother Poseidon, the Earth to his creation, Man, and the underworld he tricks Hades (Ralph Fiennes) into taking. Zeus also sleeps with a mortal queen, which makes the king angry, and, to add to the whole revenge vibe, men of Argos topple a giant statue of Zeus whose unintended consequence causes Perseus (Sam Worthington) to seek revenge on Hades (who is seeking revenge on Zeus).
If you understood that paragraph, you’re qualified to watch the movie. Of course, it isn’t a great movie, but the cast is stellar, with Ralph Fiennes turning in the best performance. The roles are so big (being a “god” and all) that a smart actor understands the plot will furnish the character’s stature, and one needn’t put so much energy into the personality. Liam Neeson could have taken a lesson from Fiennes and been more intense, without being so bombastic. Worthington is, also, good and smolders intensely in all the right places, as does Mads Mikkelsen as Draco. The primary women’s roles are played by Gemma Arterton (Io) and Alexa Davalos (Andromeda). Both are beautiful, and director Louis Leterrier takes the high road by keeping the movie suitable for young children. The only part that is perhaps inappropriate is that of Medusa (Natalia Vodianova), but, after all, she is a monster.
The writing is not terrible, and the special effects, with the exception of the giant scorpions, are decent. The only part of the movie that struck a discordant tone is that of the two hunters, included for comedic relief. A movie like this doesn’t need comedy, as the whole thing is silly to begin with. To try and make it funny produces a ridiculous, not a humorous, effect.
Still, to be overly critical of a story like this is to take it too seriously. It’s purely a popcorn movie and should be enjoyed for its emotional ride, not for its direction or character development. It retains almost all of the features of the original, except for Perseus’ helmet and shield. There’s even a wry homage to the original.
Ironically, for a Christian audience, the “Clash of the Titans” is perhaps more interesting in its humanistic exposition than it is in its action. There are many throwaway lines that have significance, as when we learn that it is Man’s prayers which “give the gods immortality.” Zeus thrives on Man’s worship, while Hades thrives on Man’s hatred. Zeus (the “father”) says: “I wanted man to worship us again, but not at the cost of a son.” While Hades says, “Let me loose upon them, and they will pray again.” One wants Man’s love; the other wants Man’s fear.
This conflict between the good and evil principle in the gods leads men to conclude that the gods, taken as a whole, are not good for men. Rebelliousness spreads among the common people, characterized by the feeling: “A new era has begun: the era of man.” In keeping with this theme, Perseus insists on doing everything as a man, and not as a god, in order to enact his revenge. As a god-man, Perseus is very much a type of Prometheus or of Jesus, but the irony is that he cannot accomplish his mission as a mere man and must use his godly capacities to overcome the gods and demigods he encounters.
In the end, he redeems Andromeda, enables the resurrection of another character, and frees Mankind from the dual tyranny of either worshipping or fearing the gods. Ultimately, it is a devoutly humanistic conception, summed up by a human character’s statement: “We are the gods now.”
I am an imperfect judge of any given movie’s appeal, but I suspect “Clash of the Titans” is best for children 6 to 12. Youths older than 12 will find the movie less challenging than the video games they play every day, and children younger than 6 simply won’t understand it or will be frightened by it.
Christian parents can use the movie as a teachable moment to contrast the failure of Zeus as a god who is vain, lascivious, and selfish, with the Christian god who selflessly sends his son to die for mankind. Parents won’t have any problem explaining Hades as the god of fire, smoke, and demons.
Violence: Heavy to Extreme / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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