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Giant problems in the movies

By Sean Axmaker
Special to MSN Movies

Some problems are bigger than others. Jack faces some pretty big ones in "Jack the Giant Slayer." Giant problems, you might say, which dwarf mere human concerns both figuratively and literally. An update of "Jack and the Beanstalk," this fantasy adventure follows a tradition that goes back to David and Goliath: the mortal man taking on the colossally big and strong enemy. Hollywood has replayed that showdown in various iterations for almost as long as there have been movies. Because what's more impressive than man versus mammoth monster? Here are a few of the greatest, grandest and most unusual giants to rise up on two legs and challenge mankind in the movies, from King Kong to the mutant at the heart of "The Amazing Colossal Man" to the mythical gods and monsters brought to life by Ray Harryhausen.

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