Archive for May, 2010


Clash of the Machina

May 5, 2010

I saw Clash of the Titans last week. Hopefully you don’t need me to tell you that it’s not particularly great. It has a few moments that are kind of fun but that was about it. One thing in particular that bugged me was all the Deus ex Machina, people showing up out of nowhere to save the day and battles turning on a bit of luck. Given that this is sort of based on Greek mythology, and Deus ex Machina is a staple of Greek mythology, you might think that would be all right. Except that the theme of this movie is something about men being self-reliant, not asking the gods to save them. So the self-reliance idea is pretty well undermined at every turn, and when it’s over all you can do is wonder what the point was.

At least I didn’t have to watch it in 3D.