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Wrath of the Titans

2012 Fantasy Film directed by Jonathan Liebesman

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When mythology gets genuinely boring.

  • Jul 26, 2012
*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, completely brain-dead (which is almost kind of is), and overly restrained. For that, I should at least be somewhat grateful; it either shows that Liebesman is finally getting a little better or that he just got a little lucky this time around, even if I'd hardly consider this "luck". But for a filmmaker of his stature, this might as well be decent coming from the same guy who gave us such classics as "Darkness Falls" and "Battle: Los Angeles".

The story takes place ten years after the events of "Clash". Perseus (Sam Worthington, returning even though he trashed "Clash" some time ago) is celebrated for defeating The Kraken and is now enjoying a decidedly more peaceful life as a fisherman, raising a young son himself after his former wife Lo passed away. But he cannot forever ignore the fact that he is a demigod; and one night he is especially reminded of this when his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) pops in for a visit to alert him that mankind is once again getting more and more ignorant, and that yet again another beast will break free from the underworld if this does not change. The prison walls of Tartarus are getting pretty close to collapsing, and if Hades (Ralph Fiennes) has anything to say about it, a great lava beast will break free. In the meantime, he imprisons his own brothers - Zeus and Poseidon (Danny Huston) - so that he may awaken his own hellish army of mythical beings.

This is neither better nor worse than 2010's "Clash". Both on the surface and not, they basically share the same exact qualities; it's just that this one has better 3D and even more monsters for me to ogle. Right there are its two very minor pleasures; and then there's everything else, which is pure crap. The strength of films like these is that they are at least momentarily entertaining, but the weakness of them being bad underneath it all fails to be covered up by all the state-of-the-art effects; and I wouldn't even say that this one has those. There are a few decent action set pieces and the creature effects are enjoyable, but once again, "Wrath of the Titans" seems mighty uninterested in characters or a strong narrative.

There were a few actors - new to this franchise - who I liked. One of them was Bill Nighy as Hephaestus, a guy who was apparently once great but now looks all washed up and ruined. Another was Agenor, played by Toby Kebbell, who we first meet as a prisoner and a thief; willing to change his ways for the quest that Perseus asks him to share. But the humans - as delightful as a few may be in the most disposable way possible - are not primarily in the spotlight. "Wrath" belongs to the various Cyclops, lava behemoths, two-headed furry dragons with rhinoceros horns, and black winged flying horses (the Pegasus); and sadly, none of these CGI monsters count as characters. Their individual conception is fascinating, and I'd love to just take a look at some of the concept art, but I prefer movies where the monsters are as interesting intellectually as the mortal characters. But I guess in a sense, "Wrath of the Titans" kind of IS one of those movies.

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review by . March 31, 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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