Director: Louis Leterrier
The mortal son of the god Zeus embarks on a journey to stop Hades’ minions from the underworld from destroying the city of Argos.
Summer films have come early starting off with this Greek mythology epic. Director Louis Leterrier (Incredible Hulk) wonderfully blends great CGI effects and action in this film with a more than exceptional cast. While most of them don’t get a great amount of screen time, it’s good to have such veteran actors in parts like these. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, and Danny Huston (whose scenes must have been cut from the film, as he only has one line) give the film a little more class and more than add presence to the scenes they are in.
Although, the real stars of the film and the ones the story focuses on are Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelsen, and Gemma Arterton. After seeing Worthington in 2009’s “Terminator Salvation”, I was left unimpressed after so much hype. He certainly stepped it up in “Avatar”, but it is “Clash” where he really makes his mark. Worthington is in nearly every scene and has established a presence, he is a worthy hero to follow throughout the film. Mikkelsen, who played the villain in “Casino Royale” is also great here as Draco and most definitely makes the best of his time on screen. Another Bond alumni is Arterton, who appeared in “Quantum of Solace” is simply gorgeous and serves her purpose as Worthington’s love interest.
From the original film and stories, we are all familiar with the plot, so I will not bore you with details. Once the story is set up in the film, the film turns into a seriously epic and fun ride. As Perseus (Worthington) and his posse go on their journey, they battle giant scorpions, witches, demons, Medusa, and finally the Kraken. Thanks to director Leterrier, the effects blend well with the action and we aren’t bored with humans battling cartoons. It’s not a serious film, more of a B-movie to watch on a Saturday afternoon, but it is a fast paced and entertaining epic that isn’t overly violent, I recommend this for those who enjoy a good piece of action-fantasy.
Rating: PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.
Runtime: 106 minutes