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Clash of the Titans

Year: 2010
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Travis Beacham/Phil Hay/Matt Manfredi
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Mads Mikkelsen

It's another special effects show reel in search of a shred of originality in Hollywood. If you've seen the 1981 original you know the story. This is just the same but with all the stop motion charm hammered out of it by pixel jockeys locked in a bunker somewhere. Like many sci-fi action films today, it looks startingly realistic. But does that make it any more worth seeing?

Mankind has rejected the gods and the ridiculously-bearded Zeus (Neeson, wearing shining armour that makes him look like a camp Robocop) wants to teach them a lesson. His brother, the ridiculously-bearded, ridiculously-voiced Hades (Fiennes) convinces Zeus to let him bring humanity around with fear.

But neither of them have counted on the half-man, half-god Perseus (Worthington), who wants revenge for the death of his parents at Hades' hands and decides to stand up to them all. He'll more or less follow the ancient story of visiting the Stygian witches to find out how to stop the monstrous Kraken, taking the head of Medusa and taming the mighty Pegasus to do so.

Luckily for a bunch of Hollywood hack writers and software engineers Perseus' adventures offer the structure of a three-act movie complete with action sequences, a little romance, a lot of platitudes and oodles of CGI.

Worthington, riding the crest of a wave, still looks vaguely lost in these huge Hollywood blockbusters and after blowing the accent in Terminator Salvation and Avatar he abandons it altogether here, adopting a quasi-Strine with cultured British overtones.

But here's the thing Hollywood marketers know – it's worth seeing for the roller coaster ride of it all. By the time you're waking back to the car forgetting everything but 'release the kraken!' they'll already have your money.

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