Box art for Clash of the Titans (2010)

Clash of the Titans (2010)

action & adventure, drama

Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus volunteers to lead a daring band of warriors to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on earth.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Gods vs. man 3-D action fantasy is full of scary monsters.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clash of the Titans is a remake of a 1981 film about characters that kids might be familiar with from Greek mythology -- like Perseus (Sam Worthington) and Zeus (Liam Neeson). It features bigger, louder, and faster visual effects than parents might remember from the original and the 3-D effects up the action's intensity. The CGI monsters are often frightening. The movie is filled with fantasy violence, including some blood and fighting with swords or bows and arrows that sometimes result in death and dismemberment. There are a few mildly gory scenes featuring charred bodies and a decapitation. There is some very minor language ("bitch" and "bastard") and some scenes of sensuality -- with more innuendo than action.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the behavior of gods and humans. Are humans more loving and compassionate toward their fellow man? Why are the gods so selfish and badly behaved? Can you connect any of the movie's messages about humankind to real life? What do you think the movie was trying to say about people?
  • Which monsters in the film were the scariest? What was scary about them? What else besides how the monsters looked make them scary? How did the noise and music affect how you felt about the monsters?
  • Is the relationship between gods and men in this movie anything like the relationship between parents and children? What do you know about Greek mythology? Did this movie make you want to find out more?
  • Why would Perseus refuse to use the magic sword his father gave him? Would you do the same thing in his place?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Where's the excitement, thrills and dizzying nonsense promised by its rockin' trailers?

- Ben McEachen, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Demi-God flick is demi-good

- Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This was a fun movie. Watching it on a big drive in screen was interesting and fun. It really did hearken back to the old movie. I can def see that 3d would have been worthless.

- jmanard52, Sunday, April 11, 2010

3 stars

Although it diverts from the original story and the original film version, this newer take on the story of Perseus is still pretty entertaining and decent in its own right. The effects are better, and the overall look is sleeker and sharper, but there's no charm to any of this. Even though the old version's effects look cheesy, they were awesome because it took more effort to do them, and they had a certain charm to them. The effects here are suitably creepy and cool, but they don't wow me. Aside from these quibbles (and the liberties), it kind of bugged me that Worthington didn't cover up his Aussie accent, and that he uses "hell" and "bitch" in an out of place modern context. I get why it's there, but it doesn't really fit and kind of shakes one out of the story for a bit. The action scens are great, and are very well done, but they all seemed rather rushed to me, and didn't radiate with as much intensity and tension as they should. The casting and performances are all pretty good and, accent aside, Worthington has really become an amazing and credible action star thanks to his last few roles (this included). He's a great choice for Perseus, even if he seems lacking in the department of human emotions and depth. Fiennes is good as always, but his casting as Hades reeks of obviousness. Good job anyways though. Neeson is good as Zeus, and I can't think of a better choice, but I felt underwhelmed ofr some reason. Actually, that's kind of how I felt about the whole movie. It was fun and entertaining, and a remake was probably not a bad idea, but things just feel a bit more artifical and cold, and that's not cool. I did like a certain cameo appearance of a character from the original film though- that was certainly a nice touch. I'm okay with some of the CGI even though I would have preferred more practical stuff, but I kind of wished the film was loinger so the action scenes wouldn't have to feel so rushed and so some more depth could be given all around to the characters and story. So yeah, this isn't a great film, and the original is better, but it's a fine enough remake, and it's worth at least a watch or two.

- cosmo313, Friday, November 2, 2012

3 stars

Remake of myth of Perseus, son of Zeus. Hades kills Perseus mortal family. Perseus seeks revenge and is on a quest to rescue a princess. Good cast and special effects. Not as good as Troy but better than 300 and Alexander. Sam is the only hot guy!

- thmtsang, Saturday, October 2, 2010