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Review: Wrath of the Titans

March 30, 2012

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
  • Trailer:

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). 😀

"Kneel before Zo-..I mean, before ME, Daddy Zeus!"

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!

"My hair almost looks better than yours!"

ha! 😀

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

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2012 10:41 am

    I do plan on checking this one out this weekend. Primarily, it’s for the undertone blogger Darren wrote about in his fine exposition on Greek mythology and monothesism. Thanks, T.

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    • March 30, 2012 11:11 am

      Thanks for the comment. I will be sure to read it. At work at the moment.

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  2. March 30, 2012 11:00 am

    Still haven’t seen Clash and still not feeling a desperate need to. Think I’m going to skip this franchise altogether. You have got me a little intrigued by this one though.

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    • March 30, 2012 11:12 am

      Thanks for stopping in Pete. If u do see it. Let me know

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  3. March 30, 2012 11:30 am

    I’m hoping to check this out next week. I didn’t mind Clash, it was a silly film with a lot of silliness. In fact, I think I spent the whole time wondering how the guys didn’t manage to flash a little too much in the fight scenes when they were getting thrown around all over the place!

    Sometimes I need to see a little bit of fun trash in the cinema.

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    • March 30, 2012 12:38 pm

      HaHahaha. Then u will love Wrath. Thanks for stopping in! 😀

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  4. March 30, 2012 2:20 pm

    These have looked visually interesting, but I haven’t seen either of them. And haven’t seen the original Clash since I was a kid. I’ll probably address all three at some point, but it’s probably going to be a while — especially if it’s not raking in the high review marks this time around either.

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    • April 3, 2012 2:45 pm

      ha. well, It just may be acceptable to skip all but the original still. IMO. haha

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  5. April 1, 2012 9:07 am

    Glad you saw this to warn us of the wrath of the Titans, ahahaha… I won’t touch this movie w/ a ten-foot pole given how terrible the first one was, and Sam’s afro… oh man! Good thing you skipped the 3D, I saw it in the regular theater too last time and it was still a waste of money.

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    • April 3, 2012 2:53 pm

      The first one WAS so terrible, wasn’t it? yeah, this one’s better…but not much more.

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  6. April 1, 2012 1:06 pm

    It’s sad. The trailers made it seem like it was going to be better but it seems like it’s just as bad as the first one, beside the improved visuals. Hopefully, they won’t be able to justify a third installment…

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    • April 3, 2012 2:59 pm

      I stand with you in your hope Castor. I hope that there is no 3rd installment. Not even sure what that would look like with the way this one kinda ended.

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  7. April 3, 2012 10:49 am

    I think I am confused with ur rating. I hope ur not saying that u think John Carter was better than this? I was in the same baot u were in. I wasn’t all that impressed with the first one myself, and only went to see this film because I owed my followers a review.

    The story was lack-luster, but I expected that. This sequel stepped it up a knotch with its visual effects. This made the movie entertaining and fun to watch. I wasn’t expecting much, and it seems that I walked out of the theatre liking it a little more than u…lol.

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    • April 3, 2012 11:18 am

      haha. I am saying that John Carter was better. Absolutely! 🙂

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      • April 3, 2012 11:55 am

        Omg! Now way! Totally gagging at that statement…give me a moment………..Ok im breathing again. Agree to disagree my friend…lol

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      • April 3, 2012 3:13 pm

        hahahahaha. That was the funniest comment! 😀

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      • April 3, 2012 3:21 pm

        Lol…Had to make sure u had a clear visual

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