Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans is a fantasy adventure film directed by Louis Leterrier that was released in 2010. It is a remake of the film of the same name that was released in 1981. The plot is loosely based on the myth of Perseus, and the cast includes names such as Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson.

The film starts showing the three brother gods, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, who managed to defeat their predecessors, the Titans, and rule over the Universe. Afterwards, they divided it among themselves; Zeus became the ruler of the skies, Poseidon the ruler of the seas, while Hades was tricked by Zeus and had to take the rule of the Underworld. They then created the mortals, whose prayers gave power to the gods and made them immortal. Soon though, the mortals' faith started diminishing which infuriated the gods.

Meanwhile, a fisherman found a wooden box washed ashore, in which the baby Perseus and his mother Danae were locked. The fisherman took them and raised Perseus as his own child. One day, while fishing with his family, Perseus witnessed soldiers from Argos destroy a statue of Zeus. The god unleashed the Furies who killed the soldiers and sank the fishing boat; only Perseus survived and was found by some soldiers who brought him to King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. The couple had started a campaign against the gods and boasted that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the goddess Aphrodite. Hades appeared and threatened to release the monster Kraken unless Andromeda was sacrificed. Before leaving, he also said that Perseus was the demigod son of Zeus.

In a quest to kill the Kraken, Perseus went with the king's guard to the Stygian Witches, where Zeus offered the hero a divine sword and the winged horse Pegasus. Although Perseus refused the gifts, the captain of the Guard accepted to keep the sword. After a series of battles against Hades' agents, the group found the Witches, who told them that the Kraken would be killed if they got the head of Medusa, which had the power of turning into stone anyone who looked at it. The party arrived in the Underworld, and after a battle with lots of casualties, Perseus managed to decapitate Medusa and take her head. With the help of Pegasus, Perseus escaped the Underworld and went to Argos just as the Kraken was released. Andromeda was taken captive by the people of Argos to sacrifice her and save the city. While the Kraken caused havoc, Hades revealed that he did not need the prayers of mortals like Zeus, but he drew power from fear; thus, he was able to incapacitate Zeus.

Just as the Kraken was about to kill Andromeda, Perseus appeared and, using the head of Medusa, caused the Kraken to petrify. Hades' agents attacked Perseus but were successfully repelled, before Hades made his appearance and a duel began. Using Zeus' sword, Perseus threw it against Hades and managed to banish him to the Underworld.

See Also: Perseus, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Titans, Clash of the Titans 1981, Danae, Furies, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Aphrodite, Kraken, Andromeda, Medusa