‘Clash of the Titans’ Reviews: Sam Worthington Gets Speared

No one is going to see Clash of the Titans this weekend for the acting (they’re going for the Kraken, duh), but it would be nice if Sam Worthington could tap into that well of charisma he displayed so effortlessly in Terminator Salvation (and to a lesser extent Avatar) instead of letting the CGI, 3-D, the Neeson, and the Fiennes, do all the heavy lifting. Russell Crowe has shown time and again that it’s possible to put the ‘act’ into ‘action.’ Maybe it’s green screen fatigue, and Worthington just needs to be around real people again, but the early reviews are not being kind to our Jake Sully. So, while everyone else is doing iPad review roundups, here’s one for Clash of the Titans.

● “If only it had a zestier hero! Perseus, played by Avatar’s Sam Worthington, is a Hercules/Christ figure, a half-man/half-god (unbeknownst to him, he’s the son of Zeus) who leads a tribe of soldiers in revolt against the gods. To do so, he must seize the greatness within himself, but Worthington shows less personality than Harry Hamlin did. He looks smashing in his Russell Crowe gladiator haircut, but unlike Crowe, he’s volatile without any gravitas. When he has to show fury, it’s token ”fury”—fiery resolve on antidepressants. He’s like a handsome statue that’s still coming to life.”—Entertainment Weekly

● “Okay, no one goes to something called Clash of the Titans with the expectation of meaningful drama or deep introspection, but would it be too much to ask that the lead character have a personality? Sam Worthington has become the go-to actor for big budget spectacles – this is his third in less than a year (following Terminator: Salvation and Avatar) – and he continues to show as much range as the special effects with which he is surrounded.—Reel Views

● “Worthington is emerging as the new Charlton Heston – an actor big enough to fill a big screen with his bigness. But he plays every role the same–,always a crewcut Marine, here battling beasties in the distant past. His out-of-place haircut and unflattering hemline do the Terminator/Avatar star no favors.”—Orlando Sentinel

● “Worthington plays Perseus as a variance of his Marine character in Avatar, which is patently dullsville, and the whole of the film feels like a goofy lark.”—Austin Chronicle

● “As Medusa-slaying hero Perseus, Sam Worthington is little more than sirloin in a skirt, rocking a jarringly broad Aussie accent and a fixed scowl that suggests exposure to a Gorgon occurred even before the cameras rolled.”—SFX Magazine

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