‘Titanic’ disaster

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

   Sam Worthington plays a half-human, half-something-else. There’s a war going on between the humans and the non-humans, and it’s up to Sam to save the day.

   Is that “Avatar” or is it “Terminator: Salvation?” Neither. It’s “Clash of the Titans.”

   In the latest adaptation of the Greek epic, Sam Worthington plays Perseus, half-human son of Zeus.  After his adopted family become casualties of the war between the gods and mortals, Perseus winds up a prisoner of the Argos.

   While in Argo, Perseus witnesses Hades (Ralph Fiennes) offer an ultimatum to King Cepheus (Vincent Regan): Kill his daughter Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) within 10 days, or the Kraken will be unleashed on Argo.

   So far, this sounds like the Ray Harryhausen film from 1981. Suddenly it takes a sharp turn, and stays off track for the rest of the film.

   For starters, it must be in Worthington’s contract to make callbacks to his other movies. While witnessing a Pegasus prancing around, Io (Gemma Arterton) comments that no one has ever ridden one before. In “Avatar,” Sam Worthington rides some dragon-beast that nobody has ever ridden.

   Later, Perseus says of his Demigod status, “I don’t know what I am,” a line straight from “Terminator Salvation.”

   This is to say nothing of the 3D effects. Originally shot in 2D, the film was converted to 3D in post-production. And it shows. The film doesn’t have the “jump-off-the-screen” quality of “My Bloody Valentine 3D,” nor does it have the depth and scenery that “Avatar” have.

   Any time there’s an action scene, the camera shakes as if the Director of Photography is afraid the actors will turn on him. This is an attempt to make the action more frantic, but 3D doesn’t work if you can’t see what’s going on.

   This movie would have been a “pass” or a “rent” if were in 2D. The added 3D ticket cost makes something to avoid.

   Sam Worthington seems to be making a living by playing half-humans. This movie feels half-baked.

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