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.
First things first, a remake of the 1981 original by the same name is much better than the original version. But as a 3-D version, it"s a non-event, the film having been shot normally and twiddled in post to ride the Avatar wave. It"s effective in a few bits (you can almost smell the Kraken's breath), but if you take the glasses off it doesn"t make a lot of difference most of the time.
Two things stand-out. The first is Fiennes"s hugely fun turn as a hunchbacked, raspy-voiced, bitter, twisted Hades who turns up in a fireball and a smoking cloak to wreak a spot of havoc, instill terror, make dire pronouncements and such. The on-screen reunion of Neeson and Fiennes echoes their Schindler"s List dynamic, Zeus being all handsome and kind of noble, and Hades all full-tilt nutso. Also good is fragrant Gemma Arterton"s demi-goddess Io being attached to the travelling band of warriors since she serves as a quite useful Voice of Exposition, explaining all sorts of otherwise baffling stuff. Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) sporting a buzz cut and looking more like a US Marine than a Greek seaman fits the part.
When Sam Worthington takes on a giant scorpion, the battle is impressive. The same cannot be said for the other mythological encounters. Many of Leterrier"s monsters look as if they were created for a Wii gaming system and then viewed through a pair of mud-stained sunglasses. The make-believe creatures don"t respond to gravity and clearly look superimposed.
This one is a full-throttle action-adventure, played unapologetically straight. Watch it for fun.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Alexa Davalos and Gemma Arterton
Director: Louis Leterrier
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