Wrath of the Titans
- Starring: Sam Worthington (Avatar), Liam Neeson (Taken) and Rosamund Pike(Pride & Prejudice)
- Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
- Synopsis: “A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) –the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson)–is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston)…Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.” (Collider)
- Rated: PG-13 for fantasy action and violence
Remember watching the remake of Clash of the Titans? Remember being disappointed by the things they changed from the classic? Remember Sam Worthington’s horrible acting in it? Remember hating the horrific 3D effects? Well, I do. And it was those reasons, and more, that made me want to avoid this sequel.
…but, I went and saw it anyways. Why? Because I love you -and want to give you a proper warning or level of excitement. Either way…here are my thoughts! 😀
Already knowing that they had to bring a film that was much better than 2010’s Clash of the Titans to the table, Wrath of the Titans is noticeably much more proficient at keeping the attention and action high. Coupled with some fun comic relief, the action, visuals, and excitement are nothing short of entertaining. I can easily tell you that I was not bored and falling asleep during the midnight preview of this film (either because of the action or because of the 2.5 cups of coffee I consumed prior to watching…you pick). 😀
Some of the stuff in this film is what you would expect…Liam Neeson is the same character-type as Zeus as he normally is. Ralph Fiennes is one of the most interesting characters as the Voldermort-ish Hades. Sam Worthington is still in bad need of a comb. The CGI works pretty well, etc, etc. But what I found to be rather disappointing in this sequel is that, while the action and adventure may keep your attention…the story does not.
See, with the remake of Clash of the Titans, they didn’t have to reinvent the tale to make it exciting…the story already existed (and yet they still failed to make it a great movie). With this one, their challenge was to create a film with a great story as well. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad story, but I felt very little for the characters…including the soft attempt at trying to make me feel bad for Hades. There is one character…and one character alone…that I really enjoyed in this film: Agenor, the son of Poseidon, who provided to comic relief in the film.
Ok…two. Kronos was pretty cool. Not gonna lie! Almost all of the creatures/monsters were amazing. But, in a movie, the monsters/creatures that aren’t the main characters should NOT be the most memorable parts or people of a film.
Action: full of monsters, sword fights, and fire, Wrath of the Titansmakes a futile attempt to cover a lame story with fantastic battles and lace it with underlying infusion of relationships and internal struggles. For being all about the “Titans”, very little happens with the Titans at all. It leads up to much, with great expectations, and the let down of sorts led me to want to pour out the Wrath of T!
Ok, It’s not all that bad, but it did leave me wanting. Better than the remake, but not by much. Tons of fun action and adventure. Not much by way of story and character. Visually fun and exciting, but very little surprises. Will you be checking it out?
Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars for Wrath of the Titans
(oh, and I didn’t see it in 3D, so I can’t tell you if it is better than Clash of the Titans in that regard).
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer