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Wrath of the Titans

by

Jeff Nelson

If you're looking for an intriguing and tense movie about the mythology, you won't find that here.

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After the utter mess that the remake of Clash of the Titans was, I already had a bad taste in my mouth for the sequel, Wrath of the Titans. Fortunately, I had a feeling that this would be at least a little better since it would be extremely difficult to top how bad the first one was. Perhaps Warner Bros. has woken up a little bit when it comes to cutting major corners with the horrid 3D effects and feeding audiences giant piles of crap. Well, it would be nice for the studio to wake up even more. Anybody who knows me is aware that I have always been engrossed by Greek and Roman mythology and can be a bit harsh on some of the movies that revolve around the stories. I'm still awaiting the Holy Grail of these movies. The Greek and Roman mythos stories are very interesting and there's a lot that a filmmaker could do with them, although they never appear to be utilized to their full potential. With Wrath of the Titans, it at least seems to understand what it is and doesn't try to be very much more than that.

Heroic demigod Perseus ventures into Hades itself to take on a Titan and enemies of the gods who have hatched a scheme to imprison Zeus in the depths of the underworld. One of the large issues with Clash of the Titans is that it tried way too hard to create a plot around Perseus, which failed miserably. In Wrath of the Titans, it seems like they're understanding that they should just abandon that effort. The characters are just as distant as in the first picture, although this time audiences don't need to be bothered with the poor character development. Unfortunately, just like in Clash of the Titans and Immortals, both the gods and Titans are very underutilized. A lot more could have been done with them to create a very interesting plot. Instead, many of them receive a small amount of screen time. When battles begin to break out between the gods, it seems like some are killed off way too easily. Audiences will be left feeling that some of these gods are actually rather weak. Those who are interested in the mythos will be rolling his or her eyes throughout due to constant errors between the movie and the original stories. Obviously, other viewers who don't know very much about the mythology won't know any different. As expected, the dialogue is flat as ever. However, to be fair, the action sequences themselves are entertaining and constantly bring new battles for the demigod. The ending is predicable and doesn't make a whole lot of sense, at least for those of us who value the mythos. Perhaps the filmmakers should be better utilizing their time better by actually studying the source material. Moviegoers will at least find this to be more entertaining than the first movie. The final battle of the movie lasts quite a bit longer than that of the one that takes place in Clash of the Titans. That was a major disappointment in the first, which thankfully hans't been carried over to the sequel.

It isn't too surprising that the cast from Clash of the Titans has returned for the sequel. Sam Worthington plays Perseus. I personally find him to be better at sitting there and being attractive than actually being recognized for having much talent. I feel that he's a bit less robotic in Wrath of the Titans, but he still feels disconnected from the character. I simply am not convinced of his character with him in this role. Liam Neeson is back as Zeus. Neeson is an awesome Zeus. I don't see very many actors being able to nail this character as well as him. He has the appearance, the voice, and is believable in the role. I don't see any other actor in this role. Ralph Fiennes is a successful casting choice as well. Fiennes performs well as Hades. Rosamund Pike is all over the place as Andromeda. There are times where she's fine, but there are others where it feels like she was cast to not have somebody who is that good at acting being alongside Sam Worthington for that long. Otherwise, the fact that he isn't able to successfully able to communicate a character will be even more obvious than it currently is. As expected, there isn't very much to write home about here when it comes to the actors.

Fortunately, I didn't see Clash of the Titans in 3D when it was released. However, to this day, moviegoers criticize that film as being one of the worst looking post-converted features to hit the big screen. In my opinion, Warner Bros. should have simply filmed the sequel in 3D to avoid this completely. Instead, they decided to roll the dice again by converting it into 3D again. I actually did see this in 3D. For the majority of the movie, I completely forgot I was watching it with an extra dimension. It doesn't really add anything to the feature until the final act. At that point, there's lava, fire, and rock being thrown out of the screen towards the viewers. When it comes to the CG work, a lot of improvements have been made. The final battle between Perseus and the Titan looks marvelous. However, the only shaky moment of visuals is during a fight between Perseus and a band of colossal Cyclops. The CG work that created them is a little bit shoddy. With the exception of that, the visuals are incredible in Wrath of the Titans. I'm not surprised in the least bit that the audio is exceptional. I'm glad that I went to a theater that contains a great sound system because this movie really utilizes every speaker it can. I'm sure that when this hits DVD and Blu-ray, it will be a reference quality track for those of you who have home theater systems.

There have been some improvements made between Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans. The story allows us to enjoy the action a bit more and relieves us of the irritating story that proved to be quite dull involving Perseus. The acting of the gods is actually solid, but I'm not surprised since they were smart casting decision. The visuals are definitely a step up from the first motion picture. However, it still consists of a lot of the problems that Clash of the Titans contains. It feels as if the filmmakers are completely ignoring the source material and it's seriously changing how the characters would react to situations. This is a huge flaw for me, since I'm constantly on the lookout for a well-made film that centers around Greek and Roman mythology. As of recent, I haven't found anything really worth mentioning. Those who don't care about the mythos or big mistakes made in the first movie should have a good time with the strong visuals and the entertaining action sequences. Wrath of the Titans is a step up from the horrible Clash of the Titans, but still is a long way from being a well-made film about the mythology. Those who are interested in just seeing the action scenes and will just switch off his or her mind, give this a rental when it's released on DVD and Blu-ray. If you're looking for an intriguing and tense movie about the mythology, you won't find that here.

My Rating = Two Stars

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