Published on March 30th, 2012 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
REVIEW: Wrath of the Titans
Summary: When the Titans ferocious leader, Kronos, is released, Perseus, the demigod son of Zeus, must try to defeat him.
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington), the demigod son of Zeus, is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
This is a far better movie than the last one, while the previous flick was quite po-faced, this has a genuine sense of humour about it and doesn’t take itself too seriously essentially grabbing its B movie mantle by the balls and running with it. The effects are great and sometimes even jaw-dropping while the post converted 3D is handled quite well and gladly has none of the halo effect of the first ones 3D.
Sam Worthington’s character is thankfully not a whiny bitch this time around and with him being given a better reason to join the fight too, with him doing it for his son, it gives the film and his role some weight. Rosamund Pike does what she can with a nothing role while Tony Kebbell is basically the comic relief. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Danny Huston, as the god brothers, are given a lot more screen-time this time around to differing results. Huston still has nothing to do while Fiennes doesn’t have much of the menace that he injected into his Voldermort role which is a real shame. Neeson has the most added value than the other two but in doing so his character is diluted into a dying deity who has no great lines like the ‘Release the Kraken’ from the previous movie.
Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) brings some stunning visual flare which was sadly lacking in the last film, his set pieces are a mark improvement and you can actually follow the action on screen too. That being said some the quieter dialogue bits were rather cringe-worthy especially the last few scenes. The movie is very short too, running 90 minutes without credits, this for some is a godsend (pun intended) but for me I would have liked just a little more character building because what is here is paper thin.
This is a great Friday night out at the cinema, it’s not too taxing on the brain, has some stunning visuals and the 3D is decent but not essential. If you liked the original then you’ll love this but even if you didn’t then Wrath is at least better fun ride than the last one.
‘Wrath of the Titans’ is out in cinemas now.