Wrath of the Titans (2012)

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4.0 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 4/10

Some of the acting is alright

Horrible editing, boring story, lame final battle

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Wrath of the Titans

Studio: Legendary Pictures

Genre(s): Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Release Date(s): March 30, 2012

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Kill me before they get an idea for a third one!

The age of gods is ending.  When Ares (Edgar Ramirez) joins Hades (Ralph Fiennes) to turn on Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Poseidon (Danny Huston), they intend to release the imprisoned god Kronos.  Perseus (Sam Worthington) realizes he must leave his son Helius (John Bell) and take up the sword again to liberate his father and save the world from destruction.  With the help of Poseidon’s son Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and Andromeda (Rosamund Pike replacing Alexa Davalos), Perseus must seek out Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) to learn the way to the Underworld.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans.  Like the previous film, it was met with relatively negative reviews and also available for viewing in 3D.

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Hey Grandpa! Eat spear!

Wrath of the Titans could have been interesting.  Unlike Clash of the Titans which was a remake, Wrath of the Titans had free reign to do whatever it wanted since it was an entirely original story.  The story however is quite dull at points and except maybe the portions with the Cyclops, very unoriginal.

Part of the problem with both Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans in particular is that they are edited horribly.  For many of the fights, it is unclear exactly what is going on.  The camera is too jumpy (probably to get past bad FX) and too quick of cuts makes every battle scene jarring instead of edgy.  The fight with the minotaur in particular made no sense, and other than assuming he was fighting a minotaur since he’s in a maze and that all the of Clash of the Titans are just a jumble of mythology, I never saw the minotaur until the fight was over…It could have been a cool creature.  As mentioned, the Cyclops (or is it Cyclopses?) were decently done but it wasn’t obvious that there was more than one for a while during the confusing fight scene.  The final battle with Kronos was pretty weak because it just seemed like a bad video game where your forces are battling a colossus.

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Who’d of thought we’d end up in something like this?

The acting with Wrath of the Titans doesn’t have much room to be judged since it is an action movie, but I still argue that Sam Worthington is not a star no matter how many times he gets shoved on us.  Gemma Arterton who played his wife Io in the first one had the smarts not to come back, and Rosamund Pike as Andromeda was a decent substitute.  Toby Kebbell as Agenor (or the Navigator)   was one of the bright points of the movie as were the dueling brothers Zeus and Hades played by Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.

Wrath of the Titans is pretty dumb and a jumbled mess.  I really didn’t go into it expecting more, but it did live up to my low expectation…by remaining low-brow.  With such rich source material, I wish the films were better…the inclusion of Bubo the owl from the original movie (which was created by Hephaestus in that movie) doesn’t seem clever…It feels more like pandering for a movie that already is rather weak.

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Related Links:

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Clash of the Titans (2010)

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