Any remake would have been hard put to be worse than the laughable original of 1981, and the latest CGI technology, with or without the augmentative 3-D (added as an afterthought in the laboratory), oughtn’t to have had too impossible a job of improving upon the herky-jerky stop-motion monsters of Ray Harryhausen: the Pegasus, the Medusa, the Kraken, and the rest. But the jiggly camera and the muddy color establish themselves as fundamental no-no’s for an appreciation of the receding planes of 3-D, and Louis Leterrier’s sloppy staging of the action — not so much action, really, as mere motion — would be unfollowable even if your eyes were able to focus. Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen. 2010.

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— Duncan Shepherd

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Jay Allen Sanford July 20, 2010 @ 1 p.m.

Regarding the 1981 original, I've never disagreed with Mr. Shepherd more, and that includes his inexplicable five star rating for Hitchcock's "The Birds" (which I still think was him pranking on us, seeing as how that's Hitch's worst movie, with his worst female lead, the perpetually wooden Tippi Hedren) -- the original Clash not only marked some of the best stop-motion animation from the legendary Harryhausen studio, but it ranks among the best epic fantasy stories ever told, in any medium (having come from one of the oldest and most exciting myths crafted by man) ---

However, his take on the "remake" seems quite accurate - FYI, it's adapted from a recent comic book series published by Bluewater Productions, which was crafted more as a sequel than a remake. Sadly, the new movie eschews most of the progressive rethink in favor of revisiting ground already perfectly covered almost 30 years ago, CGI and 3D gimmickry be dammed ---

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