Of The Titans
It is a dubious distinction, but Clash
Of The Titans is the movie that
started the big 3D backlash many studios have faced over the past
couple years. It was the turning point where millions of movie fans
started to wonder if it was worth the extra couple of bucks to see a
film not originally shot in 3D, which reduces the impact of that effect
(this installment also was shot in 2D, then converted to 3D). Is Wrath
Of The Titans some attempt at
apology and penance?
Sam Worthington is back as Perseus - the demi-god son of Zeus (Liam
Neeson) who is well known for defeating The Kraken in the last Titans
movie (the beast, not a bottle of the Kraken rum, even I can defeat a
bottle of the rum, maybe two if I am in the right mood).
Anyway, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) has lured Poseidon (Danny Huston), Ares
(Edgar Ramirez) and Zeus to the underworld at a time when the powers of
the gods are waning because people don't pray to them enough (stop
Now, with the remaining gods trapped down below, it is up to Perseus to
get down there, free them and stop Hades and his surprise
co-conspirator from taking over the world!
Where's The Kraken?
If you think the plot matters, then you care more about Wrath
Of The Titans than director
Jonathan Liebesman and writers Dan Mazeau and David Johnson. OK, that
might be a bit of a cheap shot because I didn't get the feeling from Clash
Of The Titans nor Wrath
Of The Titans that either movie
was about more than showing you some hideous beasts on screen getting
stabbed, slaughtered and sliced by Perseus. In that sense, mission
accomplished (but without an awesome line of dialogue like "Release The
Wrath Of The
Titans is all action to the
detriment of the screenplay, character development and storytelling -
those crazy things I usually appreciate in a movie (if you want that
stuff, The Hunger Games
is playing in the theater next door). The plot follows an extremely
simple path with no depth or real surprises. Much like the first movie,
this feels more like a video game as Perseus and his crew must go from
place to place and defeat the hideous monster in their path in order to
advance to the next level.
Attempts to bring in any other characters or items from mythology are
wasted. If you are a fan of mythology, it probably hurts your enjoyment
of the film as you rage at how the characters' stories really don't
have much to do with their tales from mythology.
Agenor might as well be Al from Paramus.
Andromeda might as well be played by a Sports Illustrated swimsuit
model who has been trained to use a bow and arrow (and star Rosamund
Pike doesn't expose her midriff like Kate Upton would, so we don't even
get the cheap thrills of that).
Everyone is incorporated into the movie because the names sound cool
(admit it, you totally would try to date a girl named Andromeda just to
see what might happen).
The 3D effect is better than in the first installment, and some of the
action scenes are cool, but there's nothing more to Wrath
Of The Titans, no matter how
hard Neeson tries to emote and act. Sadly, I liked Clash
Of The Titans more than Wrath
Of The Titans because this
sequel feels like nothing more than a copy of the first, with a few
names changed and the lack of something as iconic as The Kraken.
Of The Titans is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence