(out of 5)
The gods of Olympus created humans, but the love and adoration of humankind is what fuels their existence; ancient Greece is in trouble, then, when mortals become tired of their masters and decide to make war upon them, inspiring the wrath of Zeus (Liam Neeson) and even more ire from Hades (Ralph Fiennes) who immediately sets about on a path of destruction. Among the thousands that Hades kills after being released from the underworld are the adoptive parents of Perseus (Sam Worthington), who immediately sets out for revenge, assisted by Zeus to kill Hades and destroy his creation, the Kraken. Perseus makes friends on his journey, slays Medusa and finds out from his new travelling companions that not only is he prophesied to kill the mythical beast, but he is also a demigod: Zeus is actually his father, who bedded his mother as punishment to her husband. Of course, Perseus is played by Sam Worthington, which means that this movie is saying that the result of mixing gods with mortals is a five-foot troll. Unpersonable and unpleasant, Worthington grimaces his way through this giant bore of a film without ever raising his spirits to even a half-motivated level, making the flat direction and bad visual effects only that much more difficult to deal with. The only good actors are relegated to cameos, while the action sequences are trite and overlong. The film might have a lot more technology behind it than the 1981 Desmond Davis cult favourite, but it has none of its spirit.
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr.
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Production Design by Martin Laing
Costume Design by Lindy Hemming