Film Fans clash over 'Titans'

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Two stars out of four

"Clash of the Titans" is the epic tale of Perseus, a son of Zeus, and his heroic exploits. It seems it would be hard to fail with the slayer of Medusa, but this movie falls short. You will be provided with mild entertainment at best, as you travel from one "by the numbers" battle to the next. Each time a different monster, but always, the same result. The top scenes can be viewed for free in the trailer. Most disappointing is the anti-climactic final battle, which was outdone by each of the previous conquests. The movie seems unfinished and relied more on the 3-D gimmick then substance. I expected so much more. Do yourself a favor and wait for the rental.

— Sean Ahern, Buford

One star out of four

I went to "Clash of the Titans" expecting to enjoy it since it was 3-D and I was vaguely familiar with the original. Despite the 3-D effects, known star power and larger-than-life adventure it was a "B" movie. The 3-D was not top quality and the acting by Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington and Ralph Fiennes was embarrassing. As my husband remarked upon leaving the movie, "You can't make gold out of tin." If you must, absolutely must, see this movie, go to a matinee or dollar theater so you will save some money since full price is not worth it.

— Stephanie Kilroe, Lawrenceville

Two stars out of four

It won't win any awards and is lacking in many areas (story, script, acting), but "Clash of the Titans" is nonetheless an entertaining movie. It has an easy-to-follow story, array of characters, action and special effects. With the exception of a few scenes, the film is devoid of vibrant color — it is mostly dark gray, dull blue, black and white.

The movie begins with a short narrative to quickly explain the characters, helpful for those not up on their Greek mythology.

The monster (the Kraken) unleashed by Hades looks like a combination of a shrimp, lobster and crab — weird. The main character's modern crew cut is an oddity amongst all the other characters' long hair and is a bit distracting. The few attempts at comedy are cringe-inducing.

Generally, reviews for this movie have not been good, but if you are looking for light fare, action and (loud) special effects, and can overlook a script that lacks creativity, you may enjoy this.

— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

Three stars out of four

"Clash of the Titans" was exciting and had a few funny parts. Even though it was a familiar story about Greek mythology, there were several surprising scenes. The story is about Perseus, who is a demigod (half man, half god). He finds out that he is the son of Zeus after his adopted human family is killed by Hades. The adventure starts when he swears to kill Hades.

Liam Neesen as Zeus and Sam Worthington as Perseus were really good in their roles. But, since the movie was mostly set at the sea, I wish that the Poseidon character would have had a bigger role. The special effects seemed real, but I don't think that seeing it in 3-D would have made any difference. If you like action and adventure and lots of fighting, you will like this movie.

— Bryce J. Wright, Lawrenceville