Release the Kraken! Warner Bros. unleashes its take on Greek mythology with 'Clash of the Titans,' a remake of 1981's campy classic.

The movie stars 'Avatar's Sam Worthington in Harry Hamlin's old role of Perseus, the demigod who leads the charge in man's battle against the gods. The mortal son of Zeus is also tasked with defeating Hades (Ralph Fiennes) before the lord of the underworld usurps the throne of brother Zeus (Liam Neeson) and all hell breaks loose.

Many of the creatures from the original make a return appearance in the remake, like the gorgon Medusa and those pesky scorpions. But what was then a kitschy take on gods and monsters with stop-motion effects and a mechanical owl is now a three-dimensional digital graphics event (though most reviewers say the added effects aren't worth splurging for the 3D version).

Directed by Louis Leterrier ('The Transporter'), 'Clash' also stars Bond babe Gemma Arterton as Perseus' spiritual guide Io and Danny Huston as Poseidon, the god of the seas.

Does this new version improve on the original? Take a look at the reviews after the jump, and then let us know what you think. Release the Kraken! Warner Bros. unleashes its take on Greek mythology with 'Clash of the Titans,' a remake of 1981's campy classic.

The movie stars 'Avatar's Sam Worthington in Harry Hamlin's old role of Perseus, the demigod who leads the charge in man's battle against the gods. The mortal son of Zeus is also tasked with defeating Hades (Ralph Fiennes) before the lord of the underworld usurps the throne of brother Zeus (Liam Neeson) and all hell breaks loose.

Many of the creatures from the original make a return appearance in the remake, like the gorgon Medusa and those pesky scorpions. But what was then a kitschy take on gods and monsters with stop-motion effects and a mechanical owl is now a three-dimensional digital graphics event (though most reviewers say the added effects aren't worth splurging for the 3D version).

Directed by Louis Leterrier ('The Transporter'), 'Clash' also stars Bond babe Gemma Arterton as Perseus' spiritual guide Io and Danny Huston as Poseidon, the god of the seas.

Does this new version improve on the original? Take a look at the reviews below, and then let us know what you think.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: "Ancient Greece at its cheesiest. It's a big hunk of feta comin' at ya in 3D -- that is, if you subject yourself to this mythical-gods silliness in the stereoscopic format available in many theaters. (A note about that: don't bother. Unlike 'Avatar,' 'Clash of the Titans' was 3D-ized on the cheap; it's a low-end conversion that essentially gives the actors and CG- computer-generated monsters a dimensional shadow. There's nothing particularly impressive about it.)"

Entertainment Weekly: "As Zeus, Liam Neeson twinkles where Laurence Olivier kvetched, and Ralph Fiennes, as Zeus' dark brother Hades (who has egged on the revolt to challenge Zeus), has a slinky nastiness. In a movie like 'Clash of the Titans' -- a trash-compacted mash-up of other, better movies -- about all you can really do is sit back, enjoy the expert hamming of pros like these, and wait for the cheeseball F/X wonder."

The Arizona Republic
: "So tone deaf to the material is Leterrier that the spirit of the remake owes more to 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' than a sword-and-sandal film. Bigger, louder, more expensive? All that, for sure. But better? Not by a long shot."

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USA Today: "This wannabe epic is overwrought and frenetic but not even sporadically exciting. Its most astounding achievement is the ability to be both chaotic and dull. ... Despite state-of-the-art CG, the film is no improvement over the 1981 original, with its memorable stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen."

Roger Ebert: "I like this kind of stuff. I don't say it's good cinema, although I recognize the craftsmanship that went into it. I don't say it's good acting, when the men have so much facial hair they all look like Liam Neeson. I like the energy, the imagination, the silliness. I even like the one guy who doesn't have a beard. That's Perseus."

Houston Chronicle
: "'Clash of the Titans' will never, ever be a serious motion picture. No matter how much money you throw at it, no matter how many sequels it spawns, no matter how much lip service it pays to big ideas like humanity and sacrifice, it was, is and shall remain a story about guys in skirts fighting giant scorpions while other guys stand around acting annoyed on a cloud. Very bad dialogue (e.g., 'You're specks of dust beneath our fingernails!') is dispensed by very good actors (e.g., Fiennes) surrounded by effects of assorted quality."

The Hollywood Reporter: "A popcorn movie that reaches back to the fantasy epics of old and forward into the digital future, where the word 'unimaginable' no longer exists."

Orlando Sentinel: "A sometimes fun ride, a digital bastardization of Greek mythology with digital eagles, giant scorpions, wraiths and a Kraken -- the sea beast to end all sea beasts. What hasn't improved is the silly, archetypal story, or the stagey arguments among the gods of Olympus -- Liam Neeson is Zeus, in chrome armor that glows in soft focus."
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