The movie did terrible at the box office, but became a huge cult hit and enjoyed it's status as such until someone decided to remake it. The fans released a cry of outrage, but no one paid any attention, and in 2010, we were gifted with the Sam Worthington/Liam Neeson version.
It almost entirely changed the story from the original, had some really wooden leading acting from Worthington, and proved altogether not that successful. There were some bright spots - I loved the presentation of Olympus, and had not seen it done quite that way before, it was beautiful. Ralph Finnes was really creepy and evil as Hades, Mads Mikkleson played one of Perseus's soldiers, and the amazing Jason Flemyng showed up as Calibos. I, like Guy Ritche and Matthew Vaughn, believe that having Jason Flemyng in a movie makes it instantly better. If you don't believe me, go watch Snatch again. He wasn't even supposed to be in that movie. He showed up to take photos, and Ritche let him jump in. Also - he's the only really watchable part of Transporter 2 - alongside his real-life best friend, Jason Statham. Where was I? Right.
So, the Clash reboot was average at best - with at least a very cool looking Kraken at the end, which the marketing team had ruined by putting it in every trailer released for the movie. Sheesh, that's marketing 101...don't reveal the creature early (see: Alien).
Apparently it did well enough to warrant a sequel - Wrath of the Titans.
None of that matters with this movie.
Perseus has seemingly spent his time since his last adventure growing out his hair and raising his son as a fisherman instead of adventuring son of a demi-god. His wife from the first movie has passed, and he is refusing all contact with his father. Well, Hades gets upset and vows to release Cronos (Kronos?), the father of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades from his prison in Tartarus, where Zeus trapped him long ago by using a weapon that was made of the combined weapons of the three sons. Hades tricks Zeus, Perseus has to go save him.
Worthington is slightly less wooden in this movie than the first one...he was better in Man on a Ledge, but he's okay in this. Everyone else is more interesting, but that's not really his fault. Rosamund Pike (Doom, Die another Day) is Andromeda in this version - a queen leading her troops into battle (always cool). Neeson and Finnes are back as Zeus and Hades. Danny Huston - fulfilling the movie's one mandatory American role - steps into Poseidon. Edgar Ramierez (Bourne Supremecy) plays Ares with just the right touch of venom. Toby Kebbel (who was in The Sorceror's Apprentice and Prince of Persia, but I remembered as "that dude from RocknRolla!") is an absolute joy as Agenor, Poseidon's half son. He steals the movie, right up until Bill Nighy shows up - and completely runs away with it...he is unbelievably entertaining.
As far as plot/story goes...does it really matter? This movie is all about the visuals. The story is there and easy enough to follow - but admit it, you're there for the same reason you wanted to see the first one. Big shiny 3D CGI effects. And boy does this deliver on that front. All the scary demony things are well done, especially the cyclopses (cyclopsi?) and the double torsoed warriors from the trailer. This is directed by Jonathan Liebesman who also did Battle L.A. (see it), and the most recent Texas Chainsaw entry (don't). A few of the battle scenes are shot a little too up close and personal (back up the camera - let us see the effects!), but aside from that, I thought the movie was well done.
It's super-fun, big time CGI pretty, and great popcorn style. If you don't expect too much, you won't be dissappointed!
8 out of 10.
Gained multi points for Kebbel and Nighy - lost points for Worthington (sorry buddy, that new hairstyle did not make you more relate-able). Gained points for the crazy two headed dog thing with snake tail that breathes fire...I totally just defeated one of those in GOW3, so I knew how it needed to be taken out.
Bonus video: the late great Kevin Tod Smith as Ares in an episode of Hercules where there was a parallel universe, so he was the god of love instead of war...oh, it makes no sense...just enjoy him in those pants...
Second bonus video: trailer for the movie Doom - which I love, has some awesome practical effects, a great first person shooter sequence, and stars Wrath of the Titan's Rosamund Pike as the sister to Karl Urban's Reaper - who used to play Cupid on Xena/Hercules...see how this is all circular?
Bonus video: GOW3 trailer - because, as I said, it's where all my titans knowledge comes from!