A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus, 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, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanitys lack of devoti...more
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus, 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, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanitys 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, 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, Poseidons demigod son, Argenor, and fallen god Hephaestus, Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind. less
“With all its technical elements in place, Wrath of the Titans creates visual magic on screen but doesn’t go beyond an average watch thanks to an unsound script and lack of substance in the storyline.”
The immediate fallout of Avatars phenomenal success was a bunch of hastily post-converted 3D movies desperately wanting to drape themselves in the same flag as a ruse to trick people into parting with their money. One of the chief profiteers from that early trend was 2010s chaotic fantasy epic, Clash of the Titans, still regarded in many circles as perhaps one of the worst examples of post-conversion 3D. The original was a remake of the 1981 Clash of the Titans and while this is a direct sequel to the remake, the plot or script shows little affection for the events of the past beyond hammering home certain broad outlines. You could easily watch Wrath of the Titans without having watched its predecessor.
The plot takes place roughly a decade after the events of the original film. Perseus (Sam Worthington), a hero after his defeat of the Kraken, now lives alone by the sea as a fisherman and a single parent raising his son (For those of you who havent watched the original, Perseus is a Demi-God, the bastard son of Zeus). When Zeus (Liam Nesson) turns up at his doorstep and asks for Perseuss help in containing the Titan, Kronos from escaping from the prison, Tartarus, in the Underworld, Perseus refuses. However with the walls of Tartarus crumbling, the war is brought to Perseuss doorstep and with the Gods weakening, the only way for Perseus to protect his son and the fate of mankind (in that order) is to take the fight to Hades (Ralph Fiennes) & Ares (Edgar Ramirez), Zeuss traitorous brother and son respectively. Before doing so he seeks a mythical weapon that can stop Kronos and the person who made it, Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) for which he enlists the help of another Demi-God, Agenor (Toby Kebell), the son of Poseidon (Danny Houston). Also thrown into the mix is Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) who joins the group in their attempt to save the world. So any guesses what will happen? Anyone want a part three?
Great care has been taken with the production side of things, right from the effects to the sets and locations, something I didnt find lacking in the first part either. The 3D is a vast improvement over the previous film despite, this one being post-converted too. The creature effects and battles though well done, lack a certain zing, the battles from the original had, the battle with the scorpions or the hunt in medusas lair in the original had more cohesion & excitement than the battles in this one.
When there are no fights occurring onscreen, the script is busy padding the running length with laboured exposition sequences, where obvious plot points are repeated again an again in clichd dialogues. I have to say there is a nice attempt at fleshing out complex relationships but the unintentionally hilarious dialogue kills any chance the initiative has.
There are loads of acting heavy-weights, both young and old, whose talents are wasted more or less. Liam Nesson and Ralph Fiennes have surely seen better days but so have relative newcomers Toby Kebell & Edgar Ramirez in far meatier roles. Not to say they dont try hard enough to overcome the limitations of the drab script.
Wrath of the Titans seems like a perfect companion to its less-than-stellar predecessor. Its very strictly mediocre at best, despite some excellent technical standards, surely not an Olympian effort in this time and age. If only it had a script worthwhile this would have been a rousing adventure movie worth its weight in gold.