'Clash Of The Titans'
(Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton, et al / PG-13 / 115 mins / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The 1981 mythological fantasy adventure Clash of the Titans is resurrected in this remake from Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier. The joint Legendary Films/Warner Bros. production focuses on Perseus (Sam Worthington), the mortal hero made to carry out a series of quests by the gods in order to win the hand of the imprisoned princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos).
Verdict: A few more 3-D spectacles like "Clash of the Titans" and audiences will be clamoring for 2-D!
What's wrong with this sad fiasco goes far beyond its visual deficits, but let's start there. The film, a remake of a 1981 action fantasy loosely based on Greek mythology, was shot with conventional cameras, then hastily reprocessed into an approximation of 3-D in the wake of the stunning success of "Avatar." The result is 2.5-D, a murkily virtual virtuality.
You get an ambiguous sense of depth at a steep price that includes, but isn't confined to, the box-office surcharge that the studios have begun to impose on such attractions in a sudden frenzy of delusion and greed.
Sam Worthington—most recently, and multidimensionally, of "Avatar"—is Perseus, born of a god but raised as a man, and pretty much played as a block of wood. "I don't know why I was born or what I am," he laments at one point, and you can relate, since the movie doesn't know what to do with him.