CLASH OF THE TITANS is an epic adventure that lives up to its title, and is a marvelous feat in Fantasy and Greek mythology. The Greeks incur the wrath of the gods when Perceus, son of Zeus, is cast to a watery grave. Zeus spares his life so that he may prove himself by completing a series of death-defying tasks in order to fulfill his destiny! TITANS is best known as being the last film to feature Ray Harryhausen's incredible art design, but it is also remembered for displaying many of his most iconic creations. The special FX are purely imaginative, combining breathtaking models and miniatures with elaborate set designs and immaculate stop-motion animation imposed over convincing green-screened environments. Many of the effects may seem dated by today's standards, but for the time, they reached the height of claymation's capabilities in creating believable characters and monsters. CLASH OF THE TITANS couldn't have been a more appropriate title considering the all-star cast, with Laurence Olivier starring as the great Zeus himself, along with film greats Maggie Smith, Claire Bloom, Burgess Meredith, and others. Harry Hamlin captures Perceus' brave but impetuous nature perfectly, in turn creating one of the most memorable Fantasy heroes in of all time. Each of the moments of action and suspense are heightened by Rosenthal's triumphant score that imbues the picture with a lasting sense of excitement and danger. Even with its lengthy exposition, CLASH OF THE TITANS maintains a high level of interest thanks to the many fast-paced action sequences that are spread evenly throughout the script. It represents some of the finest filmmaking from a bygone era of film that has since been replaced by computerized imaging.
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