Clash of the Titans

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Gods vs. man 3-D action fantasy is full of scary monsters.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 118 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 84 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

This is Greek myth, so unsurprisingly there's the good and the not so good. Gods are needy, jealous, vain, and selfish. Men have the potential to be noble, to live and die for each other, and to love each other. Perseus is both god and man, so he has both positive and negative qualities. Overall, the movie tries to give a positive message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Perseus is the movie's major role model, and though his personal struggle between manhood and godhood never comes to much, he at least shows devotion and love to his adoptive father; he's brave and is a good problem solver, and triumphs in the almost-impossible task of defeating the Kraken. The other characters display all sorts of bad behavior, from jealousy to deception, but they are not meant to be role models. Since this is Greek myth, characters are godlike and fallible.

Violence

Mid-level fantasy violence with lots of fighting -- including decapitation, dismemberment, and electrocution, knives, bows and arrows, swords (and sometimes biting). Most of the monsters and creatures, ranging from the giant scorpions and the huge toothy Kraken to the eyeless witches and the slithery Medusa, are pretty scary. We see some blood and charred bodies, as well as some goopy monster guts.

Sex

In one scene, Zeus climbs in bed with a mortal woman; it is suggested that they conceive a child, though hardly anything is shown. In another scene, Io tries to demonstrate to Perseus the dangers of Medusa. She attacks him from various angles and eventually lands on top of him, where they linger for a moment, touching hands and gazing into each other's eyes. Another character enters the scene and is embarrassed to find them in that position. Io wears a sexy outfit throughout, including boots and a short skirt. There is no kissing. The computer-generated Medusa is also designed to be slightly sexy.

Language

We hear one use each of "bastard" and "bitch," plus "damn" and "hell." at least once. It should be noted that the words "gods" and "Hades" are used frequently, but only as terms of Greek mythology.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Background characters drink wine at a celebration early in the film.

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKC4 April 5, 2010

Fighting & Overall not great

Some of the creatures would be scarey for some children/tweens. Lots of fighting. Overall, the movie wasn't all that impressive.
Written byAnonymous June 12, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written byEragonopotter June 9, 2011

Cool

Epic movie and is not that violent my brother watched it when he was 8 and wasn't a bit scared
Teen, 14 years old Written byskyrebel April 20, 2011

This Movie Was Awesome!!!

This was one of the best movies ever!!! I mean, like sure, there were some iffy bits, but all good movies have iffy bits. And I love Greek mythology so totally... Continue reading

What's the story?

Perseus (Sam Worthington), the half-human son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), lives life as a simple fisherman with his mother and adoptive father. When mankind declares war on the gods, his family is killed and he vows his revenge against Hades (Ralph Fiennes), who seethes with revenge after soldiers destroy some statues. Unfortunately, in order to get to Hades, he must first defeat the mighty Kraken, a monster that will be unleashed in 10 days by the vengeful Zeus. Accompanied by soldiers from Argos, Perseus embarks on a mission to find his secret weapon, crossing paths with giant scorpions, witches, the ferryman to the underworld, and finally, Medusa herself. But can he get back to Argos before the princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) is sacrificed to the Kraken?

Is it any good?

This remake retains most of the wooden characters and stiff dialogue from the original, but also replaces the charming, old-fashioned visual effects with noisy, fast-moving, computer-generated ones. All of this fast-paced action might appeal to modern-day kids who will be more interested in the scary monsters and brutal battle scenes than the dull acting, muddled message, and poorly executed 3-D.

The Greek myths have long been a source of drama in literature and film, and this film continues in that tradition -- using the conflict between the needy, jealous, and vain gods and the more noble men as a metaphor for man's struggle with his own good and bad tendencies. Kids eat this stuff up, and though some will find the film lacking on several levels, older kids who can handle the violence and scares might be inspired to learn more about mythology and ancient history.

Talk to your kids 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?

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