Wrath of the Titans isn’t bad. It isn’t as great as this franchise keeps trying to be, but it’s not a bad movie.
Here’s a preview:
Released March 30, 2012
Written by Dan Mazeau, David Johnson, Greg Berlanti, and Beverly Cross
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
Starring Rosamund Pike, Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Bill Nighy, and Danny Huston.
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After destroying the Kracken, Perseus (Worthington) gave up godhood and a life with Zeus (Neeson), his father, for a life of mortality. He got married and now has a preteen or early teen son and is mourning his recently dead wife when Zeus shows up. Zeus is concerned that Kronos, the father of the three titan gods, is trying to get out and wreak havoc. The problem is that the gods, whose power has been enough to keep Kronos trapped, are fading as people stop believing in them.
After a nifty demon attack on Perseus’ village, he leaves his son in the care of a trusted neighbor and goes to help, especially since he soon finds out that Zeus has been taken captive by Ares (Ramirez) and Hades (Fiennes), who are helping Kronos.
Now Perseus, joined by Poseidon’s (Huston) son Agenor (Kebbell) and the beautiful warrior queen Andromeda (Pike– this is a role Pike was born to play), must travel to Tartarus in the Underworld and free Zeus and stop Kronos from escaping. Lots of loud fighting happens.
Sadly, the trailer really does show all of the good parts, and those parts at times are very good. The demons that are one set of legs and two complete torsos are a truly inspired image. Worthington remains pretty flat; I’m not too sure why he keeps getting these roles.
This movie is taking itself too seriously. Nobody’s having any fun; everybody’s tortured in some way. Even the drunken thief who is a demi-god, Agenor, only has a bit of fun at the beginning. Does mythology just have to be so darned grim? Sure, the stories are often dark and often disturbing, but we’re supposed to care about these people. Just sticking Perseus with a son isn’t really enough to make us care about him.
So Wrath of the Titans is not terrible, but it isn’t very good. It’s marginally better than its predecessor Clash of the Titans, but only because the people seem a little more sympathetic. It’s got some great visuals and the story is okay, but these people aren’t taxed beyond being beaten up. They don’t have to dig very deep beyond finding a cooler weapon. If the main character is basically a punching bag and only stops being a punching bag because he gets lucky or finds a god-nuker, your main character is boring.
Oh, and movie makers, no matter how incredibly beautiful Rosamund Pike is (and she is), it’s a bad idea to have Perseus fall for her while he’s supposedly still mourning his dead wife.
Content warnings: plenty of violence without much gore
Writing: 3.5 Acting: 3 Overall: 3
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