A fisherman by name of Spyros (Pete Postlethwaite) finds a casket afloat in the sea, bearing a baby still living and clasped in the arms of his mother’s corpse. Spyros and his wife Marmara (Elizabeth McGovern) raise the baby as their own and name him "Perseus". Years later, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is fishing with his family when they witness soldiers from the city of Argos destroying a statue of Zeus.
As the Cult of Hades led by the insane Prokopion (Luke Treadaway) grows in number and demands Andromeda's sacrifice, a desperate Cepheus asks Perseus to lead the King's Guard to visit the Stygian Witches in order to discover a way to kill the Kraken. Wishing to avenge the death of his family, Perseus accepts.
the men enter Medusa's temple lair while Io remains outside, unable to enter the temple as she's a woman.
Before dying, Io urges a reluctant Perseus to leave her and save Andromeda and Argos before she dissolves into a golden ethereal vapor.
In Argos, Hades unleashes the Furies against Perseus and they manage to snag away from him the sack holding Medusa’s head while the Kraken causes massive damage to Argos. In an intense aerial chase with Perseus riding Pegasus, he manages to retrieve the bag and expose Medusa's face to the Kraken, making eye contact just before it is able to eat Andromeda. The Kraken slowly turns into a massive stone statue which cracks and falls apart. The falling debris kills Prokopion and Cepheus while Andromeda falls into the sea. Hades appears to confront Perseus and taunts him; Perseus raises his sword to the heavens and calling upon Zeus, throws his sword at Hades. A lightning bolt engulfs the sword which expels Hades and banishes him to the Underworld once more.
Perseus dives in to the sea and rescues Andromeda, now the rightful Queen of Argos and respected by her people. She asks him to stay by her side as King, but he declines, saying he is not a leader but simply a man.
i had to spend quite some times with wiki-wiki to learn about the Greek myths upon writing this riviu. the stories are varied from what was depicted in the movie, so much so that my head figuratively rolled with too much information.
i disapproved the term "gods" used to refer to Zeus and his lot. they're obviously NOT. with human failings and limited powers, well, they are merely deities. plus, if Zeus is so powerful, why must he delegates the dirsty job to Hades, who obviously has a bone to pick with his fellow brothers and other Olympians who reside on top of the Mount Olympus while he was supposed to be the king of the misery-fermented Underworld?
Io explained that Perseus was the son Zeus sired with Queen Danae, as a way to teach her heretic husband, King Acrisius (later known as the damned creature Calibos). this is a riot and prove how humane Zeus was. the way his teaching goes, this is clearly not. i favour the original myth, that Danae was Acrisius' daughter whom he kept hidden for fear the son she born will ultimately be the death of him.
as for Io, she was kept ageless by the curse of Poseidon whom advances she rejected. another one of the many failings of the Olympians that clearly further prove that they are far from god-like.
the story of Medusa in the movie nonetheless remains true as the myth. but it is such a sorry story, the other testimonial of the oft-cruel Olympians. too beautiful for her own good, Poseidon took a liking for Medusa that he pursued her amorously. Escaping to the temple of Athena, Medusa appealed for Athena's protection but was refused help. instead she earned Athena's scorn and was raped at the temple grounds. Incensed by what had happened in her temple, Athena cursed Medusa into a mortal Gorgon, with hairs made of venomous snakes and body of a serpent. those who hold her gaze was cursed to be dead.
it is explained that Athena punished Medusa as she was the woman whose beauty tempt the men. Poseidon holds no blame as his womanising ways are expected of a male Greek god. which proves how much twisted the Greek myths really are and the Olympians don't deserve the tagline "gods".
the movie also resurrects Io to be Perseus' wife when in fact the myth stated that he marries Andromeda whom he saved from the Kraken. i was informed that in the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, Perseus shall fight the Titans alongside Andromeda (Rosamund Pike). Yay! i'm a fan of RP, let's hope the movie doesn't dissapoint.
though i'm peeved with the whole gods and demi-gods concept, i admit that the fact Io fought together with Perseus is a redeeming point. hurrah for Feminism! (sarcastic grin)
Zeus deserves all the calamity and whatnots for being stupid, weak and definitely humane. he is not fit to be a leader and had not shown exemplary nor redeeming qualities.
the riot led by Prokopion just prove that once people lost their grip with God, they are susceptible to anything. and Prokopion is our example of Dajjal who plied with people's fear to his gains. Nau'zubillah!
in whole, the story was a bit sluggish at first but picked up its speed later on. comic relief is non-existant, except for Ixar and Esebios. i noted that Ixar is the bad guy in Sherlock Holmes.
for those who are familiar with the Greek myths, they might enjoy the movie. i found it so-so and thus the 2.5 star rating. oh well, sue me :)