Clash of the Titans parents guide

Clash of the Titans Parent Guide

The well-trod plot and completely predictable conclusion may leave adults feeling they have seen this scenario many times previously. The concept will probably feel far more fresh to a 15-year-old.

Overall B-

Greek mythology explodes into epic cinematic proportions when the half-mortal Perseus (Sam Worthington) intervenes in the affairs of the warring gods Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Zeus (Liam Neeson).

Release date April 2, 2010

Violence C-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B+
Substance Use A-

Why is Clash of the Titans rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Clash of the Titans PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.

Run Time: 106 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

In Clash of the Titans we are introduced to a Greek society that immediately puts to rest any debate about these ancients having superior intellectual abilities. When a king proclaims over a grand banquet that the city of Argos will no longer be at the mercy of the gods, bad things immediately begin to happen.

Arriving in a whirling dervish of black smoke effects and causing massive property damage, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), ruler of the underworld, demands their obeisance by threatening to unleash upon them a huge beast known as the Kraken. As well, he wants to be appeased by having the king sacrifice his lovely daughter, Andromeda (Alexa Davalos).

During his impromptu visit, the lord of hell reveals the true identity of an insignificant interloper at the dinner too. Perseus (Sam Worthington), who was orphaned as a baby and raised by a local fisherman, is really the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson). The young man was the result of a liaison between the thunder god and a human woman (in a flashback we briefly see his mother’s bare shoulders after the moment of conception). Apparently, having Zeus’s offspring mingling with mortals who are determined to usurp their superiors presents another problem for the dastardly deity who doesn’t want Perseus lending any of his godly powers to their cause.

And he has good reason to be concerned, for although the demigod refuses to use his advantage unfairly, he does side with the mortals. Teaming up with a group of men, along with a beautiful guide named Io (Gemma Arterton), Perseus and his pals set off to save the city and the gorgeous girl. The rebels also chose to ignore the fact that Hades and the other gods are capable of crushing them with the bat of an eyelash.

Abundant battles with spectacular effects follow this Tolkien-like quest that leads the warriors into combat with giant scorpions, strange creatures made of cindered wood, faceless witches and Medusa—a serpent like woman whose stare turns flesh to stone.

The well-trod plot and completely predictable conclusion may leave adults feeling they have seen this scenario many times previously. Yet, while the film’s violence may be a concern for pre-teens (there is a decapitation, a dismemberment, and various sword and weapons violence), the carnage is not explicit. The movie tries to balance these concerns by using only two mild profanities and including no sexual content other than Perseus’ illegitimate birth. For some, those considerations may make Clash of the Titans a suitable choice for teens looking for adventure at the theater. Even better, the concept will probably feel far more "fresh" to a 15-year-old.

Directed by Louis Leterrier. Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes. Running time: 106 minutes. Theatrical release April 2, 2010. Updated

Clash of the Titans
Rating & Content Info

Why is Clash of the Titans rated PG-13? Clash of the Titans is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.

Violence is almost the exclusive concern for parents deciding if this movie is suitable for family members. Various battles take place between humans and mythical creatures—some of which have semi-human form. Impaling from swords, a decapitation, dismemberment, electrocution and drowning are a sample of what to expect. Some blood is shown, but blood effects are kept to a minimum. Sexual content is limited to a discussion of a character’s conception between a god and a mortal (we see a woman with bare shoulders lying on a bed) and a female beast with a human torso covered in a bikini-like top. Language includes two mild profanities. Alcohol appears to be served at a dinner.

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Clash of the Titans Parents' Guide

Ever wonder about some of the details writers and directors take into consideration to ensure a movie doesn’t get an R-rating? In this film, they decided to make the blood look black, hoping that would secure a lower rating. Do you think things like the color of blood should make a difference in a film’s rating? What other decisions may have been made so Clash of the Titans didn’t receive an R-rating?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Clash of the Titans movie is July 27, 2010. Here are some details…

Clash of the Titans releases to DVD and Blu-ray on July 20, 2010.

Clash of the Titans on DVD comes with the following bonus materials:

- Additional Scenes

Clash of the Titans releases on Blu-ray in a Combo Pack (BD/DVD/Digital Copy). Extras include:

- Additional Scenes

- Alternate Ending: Perseus confronts Zeus on Mount Olympus

- Featurettes: Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages and Harnessing the Gods: Maximum Movie Mode

- BD-Live enabled

- DVD Copy of the movie

- Digital Copy of the movie

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The actors in this film have been cast in similar roles in other productions. Look for Ralph Fiennes as a god-like pharaoh in The Prince of Egypt and a power-hungry force from the dead in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Liam Neeson takes on the role of the king of Narnia in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. And Sam Worthington plays the part of a mere man willing to take on an army far greater than he in the movie Avatar. For more battles between the Greek gods and their half-mortal offspring check out Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief.