Movie Review: ‘Wrath of the Titans’

By Nathan Gordon | ng312310@ohiou.edu
Directed by Johnathan Liebesman | Rated: PG-13


First Words

I was extremely disappointed with Clash of the Titans, so my expectations for the sequel weren’t much. But the trailer portrayed the movie to be action-packed and epic so I started to think that I would be seeing a more exciting and better film. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Plot
We meet back up with Perseus (Sam Worthington) ten years after Clash of the Titans. With his wife dead, he now raises their son while continuing his life as a fisherman. Perseus has settled back into his calm life, but that gets interrupted when he learns that his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) has been captured by his brother Hades. Hades plans on extracting Zeus’ powers in order to revive their father Kronos. Perseus now has to leave his son to begin on a journey to save his father.

Positives
I have to start out by applauding the 3D in this movie. It was a relief to know that the people responsible for this film decided to shoot it in 3D because converting the original movie into 3D was a horrible idea. Not only was it a horrible idea, it affected the picture of the movie so much that I personally found it hard to watch. The 3D in Wrath of the Titans really enhances the movie experience by bringing out the clarity in some scenes, while also having some of the typical “objects in your face” moments. The underworld Tartarus is, by far, the highlight of the set pieces and I think the 3D really helps with that.

Besides the 3D, I actually liked the family aspect in the movie. The father-son and brother-brother relationships in the film are really big factors for why the characters do what they do. This occurs whether it’s with Perseus and Zeus, Zeus and Ares (Edgar Ramirez), Perseus and his son, Perseus and Ares, or Zeus and Hades (Ralph Fiennes). The family relationship was unexpected and I liked that it had a big effect on the plot of the movie.

The rest of the bright spots didn’t have much of an impact on the film for me but I must mention them. Liam Neeson, as usual, did a good job in his role as Zeus — not his best performance but still believable in the role. Also, Bill Nighty as Hephaestus and Toby Kebbell as Agenor brought some comedy relief to the table. Nothing they said brought out huge laughter, but it was nice to chuckle every once in a while. Lastly, Jonathan Liebesman did a fairly good job directing this movie. I wasn’t a fan of his style of directing in his last film Battle Los Angeles with the shaky camera element, but this time around was different. When he used that style, it wasn’t as extreme as he used it before and it fit in with what was occurring on the screen.

Negatives
As I mentioned before, I thought I was going to witness a more action-packed, exciting movie, but that was not the case. Although the fight and battle scenes were there, they felt a bit rushed. The potential for something good was there but they ended before they got really exciting. That was a real disappointment because with the great special effects that were used, you would have enjoyed the great action sequences to go along with it.

The battles between the two brothers Perseus and Ares would probably look good on paper, but the way they played out on screen were boring and quick. Also, I must point out there is a very unnecessary fight scene with Minotaur that just seems like it was thrown in the movie just to add an extra 30 seconds of action.

In contrast to the respectable performance by Liam Neeson comes the rather disappointing performance by Sam Worthington. I haven’t had a problem with Worthington’s past performances, but his in this film was very flat. His dialogue was in all the same tone except for when he yelled, but still that was only a mild difference. In interviews before the film’s release, Worthington stated his displeasure for the overall quality of Clash of the Titans; his performance in this movie leads me to think that maybe he didn’t really believe in this role and just went through the motions.

Before I mention the last problem I have with the movie, I have to bring up Rosamund Pike as Andromeda. I guess you can say that she was brought in to be the new main actress in the movie replacing Gemma Arterton (played Io in Clash of the Titans) but that’s not how it felt. Pike was very forgettable. I personally already miss just the presence of Arterton, and Pike didn’t do anything to make me think different. What really drove me crazy was that there was no hint of a love interest between Perseus and Andromeda until the end. I don’t want to spoil more so that’s all I’m going to say about that.

For those of us who saw Clash of the Titans, we know that end battle with the Kraken was much shorter than it should have been. All the buildup leads to a disappointing ending. Well once again a big buildup lead to yet another disappointment. This time it deals with Kronons. I don’t want to say much more, but a sweet-looking Kronons wasn’t used to full potential.

Last Words
Clash of the Titans set the bar fairly low for this sequel, but the standards began to slowly rise after watching the trailers. Unfortunately, the standards for a more exciting film were not met. We as viewers are just left with a few average fight scenes to try to enjoy. This is the type of movie that we rely on the action to carry it since not much is expected from the story, but still we were let down. While I will say this sequel was better than Clash of the Titans, a majority of the reason is because the improved look of the film thanks to the 3D. If you aren’t a fan of 3D — or just don’t plan on seeing it in 3D — prepare for a movie that is on par with the original.

RATING: 6/10

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