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Wrath of the Titans

2012 Fantasy Film directed by Jonathan Liebesman

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The Wrath of the Titans

  • Mar 30, 2012
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The sequel to the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans is coming out this weekend. Many of you may be wondering, wait didn't that movie suck? Why are they making a sequel? The answer being that while domestically the movie made a little bit more than the budget of the film, around the world the movie made bank. What are you going to do people in Eurasia love action movies. So studio heads fixed all the problems of the first one such as not originally filming it in 3-D, not nearly enough fight scenes, and any semblance of story or accurate portrayal of Greek mythology. WhatWrath of the Titans lacks in story it makes up for in visual entertainment and that just may be enough to keep people entertained.

Some of the key actors returned to the movie, notably Sam Worthington as the always straining Perseus, and Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as the divine ZZ top brothers. Many of the roles changed to fit the movies needs, from Andromeda to the director. Andromeda has changed from a lady in waiting to a warrior queen, so it appears they changed the actress to fit the new character and Rosamund Pike does a fine job in the role. Without question though the biggest change is in director as Jonathan Liebesman takes over the helm. With movies like Battle Los Angeles to his credit it is clear the studio knew the direction they wanted the project to take. And with a stable of new writers the team gave the studio what they wanted.

What they wanted was better visual effects and that is what they got. Filmed in 3-D, the visuals are much improved over the 2010 version which converted the movie into 3-D after it was already finished. Everything pops on the screen which is good because the script sizzles out almost immediately. Any semblance of story that is created is used merely to explain how to get to the next fight scene. And even then not all the fights are fully explained, such as a fight with a minotaur who shows up out of nowhere, and leaves before anyone else sees what happened. No doubt the writers chose to use a game of connect-the-dots to storyboard their movie, and with such little space on their single sheet of paper there was even less room for dialogue. The movie's dialogue can be summarized into three lines: "You betrayed me," "The Gods are losing their power," and, oh I don't know a lot of screaming maybe. With all that time saved from by not talking I'm sure the computer animators were able to create an extra monster for Perseus to face.

Lacking in the movie is comic relief, and any attempt by the actors to be funny is quickly stymied. Toby Kebbell is introduced as the initial comic relief but once he enters his first battle he quickly gets captured and after that is only there to fight. Then after the next series of battles our heroes meet Bill Nighy, who is always good for laugh or two. Indeed he does inject the movie with some much needed laughs, but I think once they realize what is going on they quickly dispatch of the character. Good catch boys, that was a close one.

With so little story to tell, and much of the screen time going to fight scenes, the movie doesn't make it past 100 minutes. Which may explain why despite the stories told of how difficult the labyrinth to Tartarus is to navigate, they maybe spend 10 minutes in the maze before they reach their destination. All the action moves quickly, and with no doubt by design. Before you realize what you saw the movie is over and at the very least you can walk out saying well it was better than the first one.

Wrath of the Titans can at the very least say that it was better than the first one. The crew knew what their audience wanted and refused to be bogged down by things like story and dialogue. There is plenty of action to enjoy and to its credit the movie looks good. Just try to ignore what all your other senses are trying to tell you and take it all in. D+

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April 02, 2012
My son saw this movie, and liked it. He's like me in a lot of ways in that we both get into the frame of mind that the movie was scripted to fit. As I watched the first movie, I was a bit disappointed because I was comparing it to the old Harry Hamlin film, one of my favorites. There was a charm and sincerity to it that made it sparkle. I've seen it quite a few times. So when the remake came out, other than the stellar special effects, it wasn't a stand-out movie. However, when I watched it a second time at home, I liked it. I liked it more than I thought I did. Now this one I think seems so much better. Unlike you, my son said that there was actually a lot of emotion in it, that he felt something this time out. He also said there was a bit of comedy in it, too, in the form of one of the brothers who was basically the mythological equivalent of a slacker.

I like a movie with monsters, so when it comes to this sort of adventure, I'm in all the way and I'll probably be less critical. I'll probably see this tomorrow.
 
March 31, 2012
I am certain that this will sell at theaters everywhere.
 
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review by . March 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 …
review by . April 06, 2012
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In 1981 a movie named Clash of the Titans hit theatres; obviously I never saw it. So when the Remake make out in 2010 I thought it was something new. Despite this I loved the movie; there was a bunch of action, great pacing, abit of humour, and just overall fun to watch. About mid March 2012 I find out (completely by accident) that the sequel to Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans was coming to theatres an automatic day one watch for me.           Wrath …
review by . July 26, 2012
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*1/2 out of ****    This is probably Jonathan Liebesman's best film yet. It's been almost a decade now of non-stop epic failures for the guy's directorial career, and finally he's made a film that stands out amongst the others because it rises above his usual standards, if only slightly. "Wrath of the Titans", the sequel to 2010's "Clash of the Titans" - which was based on the 1981 film of the same name -, is boring, brainless, and chaotic when it could have easily been unwatchable, …
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review by . March 31, 2012
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Star Rating:         I think what I appreciated most about Wrath of the Titans is that, unlike its 2010 predecessor, I wasn’t forced into making comparisons between versions. Clash of the Titans was, of course, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. Many people thought I was insane for liking that film. Many more were angry that I had the gall to say the remake was better than the original. As much as I don’t like to fan flames, there’s really …
review by . April 07, 2012
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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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