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Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans

March 30, 2012

Wrath of the Titans – A Warner Bros. Pictures’ Release

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Release Date: March 30th, 2012

Rated 14A for graphic violence

Running time: 99 minutes

Jonathan Liebesman (dir.)

Dan Mazeau (screenplay & story)

David Leslie Johnson (screenplay & story)

Greg Berlanti (story)

Javier Navarrete (music)

Sam Worthington as Perseus

Liam Neeson as Zeus

Ralph Fiennes as Hades

Édgar Ramírez as Ares

Toby Kebbell as Agenor

Rosamund Pike as Andromeda

Bill Nighy as Hephaestus

Danny Huston as Poseidon

John Bell as Helius

Lily James as Korrina

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Perseus (Sam Worthington) in Wrath of the Titans.

Our reviews below:

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Wrath of the Titans Review By John C.

**1/2 (out of 4)

The 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans was one of those noisy blockbusters that was inevitably going to get a sequel that no critics really wanted to be made.  But Wrath of the Titans is a surprising step up from the mindless chaos of the first film.  Who knew, right?  This is by no means a great movie and the dialogue is often cheesy, but those who buy a ticket and pay extra for the 3D glasses should get a briskly paced 99 minutes of exactly what they wanted.

Ten years after defeating the mighty Kraken, demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) has chosen to live as a human in a small fishing village with his 10-year-old son, Helius (John Bell).  But with humans starting to lose faith, the power of the gods is weakening and all sorts of terror is being unleashed upon our world.  Perseus must rescue his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) from the visually stunning labyrinth of the underworld, where he was put after being betrayed by his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes), before the fiery Kronos is released.  Cue more explosions and fireballs than you can count, with characters and various mythical creatures that move far too quickly for the audience to properly keep track of them all.

Last March, director Jonathan Liebesman gave us the idiotic and entirely pointless Battle: Los Angeles, but here he actually seems to have a pretty good idea of what he’s doing behind the camera.  Sam Worthington displays a bigger range than he did last time around, and the supporting cast looks like they’re all having fun.  Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes seem to enjoy the playful sparring between their characters, and Bill Nighy provides some laughs as the slightly insane Hephaestus.  Rosamund Pike does good work with what she’s given as Queen Andromeda, and guys won’t at all mind that she looks great on the big screen and in 3D.

When I reviewed and didn’t recommend the first Clash of the Titans back in 2010, I blamed a shaky cam headache and 3D hangover for the overwhelming experience I had with the noisy film.  This time around, Wrath of the Titans generally delivers on the most basic level, provided all you seek are big visual effects and some fine uses of 3D.

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Wrath of the Titans Review by Erin V.  

**1/2 (out of 4)

A sequel to the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans again follows Zeus’ (Liam Neeson) son Perseus (Sam Worthington), as he has to save the world from hell being unleashed on Earth.  This time around, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) has made a pact with Zeus’ other son Ares (Édgar Ramírez), to overthrow Zeus, and take his power in order to release the Titans and Kronos (ferocious father to Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon [Danny Huston]) from their imprisonment in Tartarus – a prison that can only be entered by a labyrinth.

But Perseus now has a 10 year old son named Helius (John Bell), and is trying to live a simple fisherman’s life when he is suddenly called upon to stop Kronos.  Together with Poseidon’s demigod son Argenor (Toby Kebbell) and Queen Adromeda (Rosamund Pike), he embarks on the journey to find a way to rescue Zeus from Tartarus and keep Kronos from escaping it.

I liked this one quite a bit better than the first one thinking back.  What really annoyed me about that one was all of the bombastic and incessant clanging of metal on metal and closely filmed dizzying action sequences.  That’s not to say this isn’t an action-packed film, but things are scaled out here, with a lot more steady wide shots during those scenes, and less metal clanging.  Plus, the special effects are way better.  The labyrinth in particular is cool, especially in 3D.  Then we get dragon-type creatures, minotaurs, cyclopes, etc., which go by pretty quickly, but still provide the action that those buying a ticket will be looking for.  Perseus’ Pegasus is still fun to watch as well, and look for another funny cameo from the mechanical owl Bubo.

In terms of the rest of the technicals, the sound is mixed better this time around, making the film surprisingly not leave me with a headache.  Often the action scenes are played out with score (a fine effort by Javier Navarrete) and background effects, but not too much of either.  There are also a lot more dialogue scenes between action in this film it seems, which gives a bit of breathing room.  The acting is what you expect – fine for the film.  The script on the other hand is inadvertently funny at times, but again, what you expect.  Plus, the whole thing is only 99 minutes, so it’s easy enough to take.  The film is rated 14A, but can easily be watched by those 12 and up, as the violence is all fantasy oriented.

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Wrath of the Titans Review by Nicole

**1/2 (out of 4)

Set ten years after Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans follows Perseus (Sam Worthington), now a father himself, as he must save the world once more.  Perseus’ father Zeus (Liam Neeson) has been captured by Hades (Ralph Fiennes), and Perseus must team up with fellow deities Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and Hepaestus (Bill Nighy) as well as Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) to save the day.

Wrath of the Titans, while campy, is still fun.  Better than the first film, it has a lot of fun special effects, great monsters and a really cool labyrinth scene.  The 3D works particularly well here.  Those 10 and up can and will enjoy Wrath of the Titans, but its ridiculously high 14A rating will mean preteens will require adult accompaniment.  However, Wrath of the Titans will have a following with teens, and it provides a fun opportunity to learn about Greek mythology.

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Wrath of the Titans Review by Maureen

**1/2 (out of 4)

The battle between the Gods of Mount Olympus and the Titans continue.  Sibling rivalry and family feuds between the Gods are still at play and once again Zeus’ (Liam Neeson) demigod son, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is called to save humans from the wrath of the titans.

Wrath of the Titans takes place ten years after Perseus killed the Kracken, as told in Clash of the Titans.  Perseus has been living quietly on Earth as a fisherman and father to his ten year old son, Helius (John Bell).  When Zeus approaches Perseus for help in standing up against the underworld’s Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Édgar Ramírez), he reluctantly agrees.  With the help of Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) – who’s conversations with mechanical owl Bubo offer comic relief – Perseus is able to defeat Hades’ fiery demons, uniting his family and saving Earth.

This sequel has a lot more going for it than Clash of the TitansWrath of the Titans has a wide range of good special effects.  In particular the elaborate labyrinth in Hades’ underworld with its sliding walls and moving levels is really well done.  The evil creatures sent by Hades and the volcanic-like Kronos are believably scary but nothing anyone over the age of twelve couldn’t handle.  This time the battles scenes are shot at a more watchable pace than in Clash of the Titans.

While the dialogue is still somewhat cheesy, Wrath of the Titans is an entertaining action movie that fans of Greek mythology or fans of the lead actors will enjoy.  Whether in 2D or 3D, Wrath of the Titans plays well on the big screen.

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Wrath of the Titans Review by Tony

**1/2 (out of 4)

Wrath of the Titans is a sequel to Clash of the Titans, with Sam Worthington returning as the demigod Perseus, and Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Danny Huston as the gods Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, sons of Kronos. Ten years after the Clash, Perseus is living as a widower fisherman with his son Helius (John Bell), when he is summoned by his father Zeus to save the world from Kronos. With the help of Hades and Zeus’ other son Ares (Édgar Ramírez), Kronos is about to break out of his underworld prison as a fiery volcano, preceded by attacks from fierce chimeras and makhals. The chimeras are two-headed dragons with viper head tails, while the makhals are two-torsoed killing machines.

Only by combining the staff of Zeus, trident of Poseidon, and pitchfork of Hades can Perseus form a weapon that will defeat Kronos. With Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) leading the ground defence, Perseus enlists the help of Poseidon’s son Agenor (Toby Kebbell) to take him to a lost island, where, after fighting off the 10m tall Cyclops, they find Hephæstus (Bill Nighy), designer of the labyrinth that will lead them into the underworld, if they can only get past the minotaur.

With a tighter story and cleaner action scenes, WotT is better than CotT. The script is still somewhat stilted, though there is some comic relief, mainly from Bill Nighy as the eccentric inventor. Special effects are good, though the creatures move a bit too quickly for their well-crafted detail to be appreciated. Though not indispensable, the 3D worked well, particularly in the labyrinth scenes. Coming in at a reasonable length of 99 minutes, it doesn’t overstay its welcome, so though not brilliant, it is entertaining enough, especially for myth fans.

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Consensus: A surprising step up in quality from its noisy 2010 predecessor, Wrath of the Titans provides just enough entertainment at a brisk pace of 99 minutes, overcoming the cheesy script with good visual effects and some fine uses of 3D.  **1/2 (Out of 4)

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