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"Clash" for Clunkers

"Clash of the Titans" **1/2 (out of four): An unnecessary 3D upgrade and choppy script make Louis Leterrier's update of the 1981 camp classic an Olympian missed opportunity.

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Director Louis Leterrier's update of "Clash of the Titans" bears as little resemblance to the 1981 original as one of his computer-generated monsters does to the classic stop-motion creations of Ray Harryhausen. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Mr. Harryhausen was a pioneer, but if any story lends itself to a computer-enhanced make-over, it's a story like "Clash". It's a shame, then, that the tacked-on 3D upgrade (it was originally, and obviously, filmed in 2D) and choppy script do the film no favors. Thankfully, it's hard to ruin Liam Neeson bellowing, "Release the Kraken!"

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