8:00 PM, 29th September, 2006
I love action movies. No complicated, existentialist plots that require a PhD in the Arts to figure out the relations between characters. After all, how many people do you know with one of those anyway? Exactly. Hence your humble action movie, designed for the moviegoer who wants to see action not boredom. So... everybody! With lots of explosions, a cast kill off that starts early, involving grisly deaths by all manner, and a plot that makes you go "As if!", Poseidon is your typical action movie. Poseidon is a remake of the 1972 version of the same name. If you missed that, no problemo. Like all action movies the plot is simple: On New Years Eve, Poseidon, a luxurious cruise liner, is hit by a rogue wave (the Bureau of Meteorology will have some explaining to do about how that wasn't predicted) flipping it upside down. Of course the boat is in the middle of nowhere and help is hours away. Now as a humble survivor you aren't just going to sit around and wait to drown. So, time to make it out, become a hero and prove you aren't the loser in the outside world everyone thinks you are. If you're an action junkie, like me, you'll enjoy seeing exactly how the likes of Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss and Jacinda Barrett try and save themselves (and their careers) from the Poseidon.
10:38 PM, 29th September, 2006
Full of pride, Cassiopeia compares her daughters beauty to that of Hera. This ticks the nosy queen of the gods off no end, so she has her buddy Poseidon unleash the monstrous beast Kraken to destroy Cassiopeia's village unless Cassiopeia's daughter, Andromeda, is sacrificed. Luckily for the village, Perseus (Harry Hamlin!) - son of Zeus - becomes enchanted with the breathtaking beauty and is determined to save her from this fate. The young hero, armed with a magical shield, a winged stallion, and a mechanical owl, discovers the only way to defeat the monster is with the head of Medusa. So off he trots as the gods watch, and intervene in[H5], his quest to save his beloved as he clashes with the titans!This was legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's last film before he retired from creating movie magic. His 40 years of experience in effects, particularly stop motion animation (he also did One Million Years B.C. , Jason and the Argonauts and the Sinbad movies of the 70s), are what make Clash of the Titans an all-time classic. This is pretty much the pinnacle of pre-CGI creature effects. The mythology is frequently dubious and the acting pretty much what you'd expect of a big budget blockbuster from 1981 (by no means bad, but the likes of Maggie Smith and Laurence Olivier knew exactly how much effort they had to put in), but you're only kidding yourself if you come to something like this for a history lesson. Bring on the Kraken!