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Wrath of the Titans

2012 Fantasy Film directed by Jonathan Liebesman

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No Wrathful Titans or Gods Behind This Lazy Pseudo-Greek Mythology

  • Mar 31, 2012
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I have to admit, I really didn’t like the 2010 remake “Clash of the Titans”, but I respected its intentions. It was action-oriented and really a grand display of special effects that proved to be a visual and aural feast to some. It was even delayed just so the 3D gimmick could be added in, which never improved on its experience. There was just no way that I would see its sequel “Wrath of the Titans” in 3D and paying more money for it. I was a little optimistic when I saw the trailers for “Wrath” since I thought “perhaps this was why the original film was so flimsy in plotting, there may be more to the re-interpretation of the greek myth intended for its sequel”. Well, seems like I am a glutton for more punishment.

                Sam Worthington in "Wrath of the Titans."

After the events of the first film and his defeat of the mighty Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington reprising his role) had chosen to live a peaceful life as a fisherman. He now has a son called Helios and his wife had passed on, leaving him in a crossroads in his life. However, a new threat to the world had risen taking Zeus (Liam Neeson) to seek out his aid. Perseus is hesitant since he does not wish to be separated from his son. But destiny cannot be escaped for long as Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez) is about to awaken this threat to end Zeus, Poseidon (Danny Huston) and awaken the father of the gods, Kronos. Perseus with the aid of the now Queen Andromeda who Perseus has saved from the Kraken in the first movie (now played by Rosamund Pike), the fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) and Poseidon’s demigod son (Toby Kebbell) must foil the machinations of Hades and Ares, and save the world.

                  Rosamund Pike as Andromeda and Bill Nighy as Hephaestus in ``Wrath of the Titans.''

                 Spencer Wilding as The Minotaur in "Wrath Of The Titans."

Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles) and screenwriters Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson takes the viewers into a re-interpretation of Greek mythology that is filled with action and snazzy special effects. The perfunctory plot of the film offer no areas of suspense, very little intricacies and as much as I’d hate to say this, relies on uninspired formula. Ok, so what am I talking about? The “Clash” remake wasn’t anything special either so why should I expect more from this? I didn’t. But at least, the first film had a blueprint to follow with the clever original film. This time, the direction appeared to be a little lost and had made no efforts in even trying to bring together characterization and groundwork, it brings details that may cause the discerning film fan to immediately see through the weaknesses of its plot.

I mean, the story of “Wrath” is your standard, cardboard cut out tale of courage that uses devices that provide no depth to its formulaic plot. It is all about sibling jealousy, a way to salvage one’s status, and how it means to be human (the whole Ares-Hades team up seemed to have been inspired by the early issues of the Thor comic books by Marvel). I know, it sounds like the film had some good things that could’ve gone well. But instead, the viewer is presented with a barely passable script and dull characterization. The film shamelessly succumbs to the need to display its technical capabilities by overloading the screen with CGI generated monsters and references to the characters of Greek myth (Oh, it also serves up some cheap plugs to the original “Clash”). Thematically, it pretends that it has some things to say about ‘being human’ and the coming end to the age of gods, but it all proves to be for naught as the script goes into one set up after another for a new fight scene against a CGI monster. The fight scenes were decent; the direction kept them close and resorts to tricky editing to try and make them feel more intense. However, I wasn't enthralled by those fight scenes, it lacked emotional impact as the film failed to connect with the stakes at hand. It all felt pretty routine.

                       Sam Worthington as Perseus in ``Wrath of the Titans.''

                      Sam Worthington as Perseus, Rosamund Pike as Andromeda and Toby Kebbell as Agenor in ``Wrath of the Titans.''

To its credit, the film does have some good visual effects used to display creatures inspired by the Greek myths. From Chimeras to Cyclopes, to a Minotaur and multi-limbed creatures that seek to make our hero’s life miserable, the film does not lose a beat. I even saw an homage to the Spartans of “300” and the one hero missing was Herakles (but maybe he will show in another sequel?). The direction wanted to cram as many creatures as possible so that it can be said that it is based on Greek mythology. The creature designs were cool; and as with the Kraken in “Clash”, Kronos proves to be a real imposing figure (a being made of angry hot molten lava), even though the confrontation with this angry Titan was far too underwhelming to be called a Titan that the gods fear. At the last encounter, in an expression of his destiny, Perseus faces Kronos as he has done with the Kraken in the first movie.

                           Sam Worthington as Perseus and Liam Neeson as Zeus in ``Wrath of the Titans.''

Even with the display of combat and snazzy CGI, the film fails to reach any level of suspense, and I did not feel any sense of urgency in the stakes. I guess besides that the script was flimsy, the acting while alright, were all pinned down because of its obligatory dialogue that seemed set on trying to remind the viewer about the stakes involved. I feel that the actors were a little bored themselves, albeit it did have some moments that I felt that it was a little fun with the humor thrown in by Bill Nighy and Kebbell, but even some well intentioned humor can do so much. The film's soundtrack also misses in bringing about a feeling of majesty and sheer power. Oh, well....

“Wrath of the Titans” is your usual serving of junk entertainment. It isn’t horrible nor insulting to one’s IQ as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” but it fails nonetheless. It may have improved a little on the CGI department compared to its predecessor, but it was just as crude and bombastic and maybe just as lazy in storytelling. In some areas, this was better but in other ones, this was worst. I know, it is bombastic, and yet somehow it manages to be bland entertainment and there is nothing to be excited about with the wrath it displays.

RENTAL [2 ½ Out of 5 Stars]
 
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April 03, 2012
Glad you didn't like this one - if you did, Brandi, your little Woopakalyte, would wanna see it and I'm not into this type of film LOL -- the hubby would probably like it, so I imagine it will be a rental for him someday when I am able to fall asleep on the couch instead..LOL
April 08, 2012
LOL! I cannot believe I am that influential. This was a disappointment. Oh, did you like the "American Pie" movies?
April 08, 2012
I remember seeing the first one 100 years ago -- haven't caught up on any recently though. And yeah, you have become a household name around here LOL!
April 09, 2012
"The House of woopakolytes" heheh. it does have a ring to it.
April 09, 2012
Yes it does have a certain ring to it - almost sounds creepy!..LOL
 
April 02, 2012
Great review man, I was hoping this would be better.
April 08, 2012
Yeah, me too. Too bad, it relied too much on FX than actually telling a story.
 
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Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: march 30 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Legendary Pictures
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