Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans (2D) (2012)

April 18, 2012 in Movie Reviews, Reviews by pacejmiller

 

For some reason, my memory of the predecessor, Clash of the Titans, was that it sucked. But when I checked my review of it I realised I actually said I quiet enjoyed it and gave it 3.5 stars. Beats me.

Either way, I am certain that the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, is better.

The second film begins 10 years after the first, where demigod and son of Zeus, Perseus (Sam Worthington, with long curly hair), is now a fisherman intent on raising his young son and wants nothing to do with the conflicts of the gods. But of course, he doesn’t get a chance because the gods are always angry with each other and he has to, once again, become the world’s saviour. It made little sense to me considering all the gods are kinda related to each other (or maybe that makes perfect sense) but I went along for the ride anyway.

Maybe it’s my bias towards Greek mythology, but I thought Wrath of the Titans was pretty awesome. It’s clichéd and predictable, but still — I couldn’t get enough of the mythological monsters and the spectacular battle scenes, of which there were plenty. There’s no Medusa or Kraken this time, but you do get to see Perseus take on a Chimera, Cyclops and a Minotaur, among others. From what I could recall of the first film I thought the fight scenes were better executed and more epic this time around.

The storyline, like the original, still doesn’t quite click, but I felt it had improved and was a lot more engaging. It was definitely less confusing and convoluted. I believe one of the main reasons is because the film is wrapped up in a manageable 99 minutes, whereas the original was far too long at 118.

I also firmly believe (without any proof whatsoever), that the makers of this second film (which was directed by Jonathan Liebesman, who last did Battle: Los Angeles) got a lot of ideas from the sensational God of War III on the PS3. Seriously – everything from the creature designs to the way the battles played out reminded me so much of the video game that it cannot be merely a coincidence.

Sam Worthington is still a little “meh” but he does a good enough job as the hero Perseus. Nothing wrong with him but a bunch of Hollywood actors could have pulled off the role just as well, if not better.

Other returners include Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as Zeus and Hades, respectively, but Alexa Davalos is replaced by Rosamund Pike as Andromeda and Tamer Hassan is substituted by Edgar Ramirez as Ares. All are better than they were in the original.

Newcomers include Toby Kebbell as Agenor (whom for a very long time I thought was named “Vaginal”) and Bill Nighy as Hephaestus. Both are solid and provide upgrades over supporting characters from the first film.

So as you might have guessed, I thought Wrath of the Titans was better than Clash of the Titans. It had better action sequences, improved special effects, stronger characters and plot, and accomplished more in less time. Another reason could be because I watched the original in clunky 3D and the sequel in 2D, the way the films were supposed to be.

I know the film hasn’t gotten the best reviews but I hope they go ahead with the planned third instalment.

4 stars out of 5!