Wrath Of The Titans – Review

Wrath Of The Titans – Review

Review by FilmFellaHenry – 7/10

After the bizarre box office success of the unreservedly abysmal Clash Of The Titans, a sequel was only a matter of time. Enter Wrath Of The Titans: another FX blockbuster sprucing up the old sword and sandals formula in an effort to contemporise a classic adventure sub-genre.

With the ancient Greeks losing their faith in the divine, the Gods’ power begins to wane, weakening their dread father Kronos’ prison in Tartarus.  Zeus (Liam Neeson) attempts an alliance with his brothers Poseidon (Danny Huston), Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) in order to prevent Kronos’ apocalyptic return. Underestimating his siblings’ desire for continued existence, Zeus’ plan fails miserably, leaving the fate of the world to his son Perseus (Sam Worthington). Teaming up with Greek queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and Poseidon’s son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), Perseus embarks on a seemingly impossible mission to rescue his father and destroy the behemoth of all Titans.

It’s important to realise from the outset that both Wrath Of The Titans and Clash Of The Titans will never live up to classics like Jason And The Argonauts and the Sinbad films. They are purely action vehicles, focused on showcasing impressive CGI driven set pieces within a largely inconsequential narrative. Clash Of The Titans messed up in that not only was the story badly written and unnecessarily convoluted, the action was also remarkably poor. Thankfully, Wrath Of The Titans has, for the most part, learnt from its predecessor’s mistakes.

Primarily, the action and CGI here are much higher end, presenting sequences that exhibit a good degree of polish. From the outset, we are treated to a dream sequence where Kronos wreaks havoc on a Greek village, filling the air with corpses and flames… and despite my preconceptions, I couldn’t help but be impressed. As Perseus’ journey swiftly progresses, the audience is introduced to a variety of interesting and fairly imaginative locations, each containing their own action setup that generally works well. I guess director Jonathan Liebesman’s influence helped a lot, considering his consistency for competent CGI as previously displayed in Battle: Los Angeles.

So a tick for action and visuals then. What about the rest? Clearly understanding that narrative will always play second fiddle within this studio franchise, Liebesman is content with a barebones simplistic storyline. While not the most creative of choices, it is arguably appropriate for this kind of action flick; after all, 300 had the most basic of narratives yet this worked in its favour. Similarly, the characters never rise above average: despite fronting a cast of quality, they are generally regulated to spouting disjointed and exposition driven dialogue that George Lucas would be proud of. Elements of Greek tragedy occasionally shine through, though not with enough strength or frequency to attain a lasting sense of depth. The God Of War series had more poetry and they were bloody computer games.

In summary, Wrath Of The Titans is a mark up from it’s forerunner with enough good action to keep its 99min running time enjoyable. Much could have been improved (particularly the violence: I know it had to keep a low rating for box office reasons, but a bloodier outlook would have gone a long way), but as a casual watch it does the job.

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About filmfellahenry
Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

One Response to Wrath Of The Titans – Review

  1. chris says:

    Agreed, far better than part 1, shame the 3d was again, only an afterthought. Cant complain as had Cyclops and the minotaur in it.

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