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Clash of the Titans

Between gods and men, the clash begins. 

Year: 2010 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Louis Leterrier 
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton  
An image from Clash of the Titans

The Ancient Greeks worship their gods, and their prayers give power to the mighty Zeus (Neeson), Poseidon and Hades (Fiennes). The rulers of Argos seek to rise up in power themselves, and declare war on the gods. This act is witnessed by fisherman Perseus (Worthington), whose entire family is killed at the hands of Underworld ruler Hades in the resulting massacre.

The surviving soldiers take Perseus back to their king and queen, though when they present him, Hades returns. After slaughtering the remaining army and killing the queen, the demonic god finds himself powerless against Perseus, the demi-god son of Zeus. Argos is given an ultimatum: sacrifice princess Andromeda, or be destroyed by Hades' creation, the Kraken.

Our hero learns more of his history from the mysterious Io (Arterton), who informs him of Hades's role in his past, as well as the god’s potential weakness that could provide Perseus with the revenge he so craves. So begins an arduous journey - one that could save Argos and all mankind, but is laced with perils sent from the underworld. Will Perseus be able to save mankind, or will his mortality prove his weakness?

Clash of the Titans is a welcome return for Leterrier, following on from his strong version of The Incredible Hulk a couple of years ago. Whilst you can see elements of the plot coming, the graphics are stunning and the action plentiful in this highly enjoyable action-packed thriller. Sam Worthington builds on the credentials he established in Avatar, but Neeson and Fiennes dominate in their larger than life roles as the gods in this fun-filled epic.

Robert Gardner

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Screenings of this film:

2010/2011 Autumn Term (35mm)