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Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans

Released 30 March 2012
Director Jonathan Liebesman
Starring




Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston
Writer(s)

Dan Mazeau, David Leslie Johnson
Producer(s) Basil Iwanyk, Polly Johnsen
Origin United States
Running Time 99 minutes
Genre Action, adventure, fantasy
Rating 12A
53

Rather watch something else.

Given the fact the Clash of the Titans was one of the worst films known to man – or god as the case may be – I wasn't holding out much hope for this sequel. Of course, it would have been fairly impressive had it been even close to as lifeless and poorly scripted as the remake of the 1981 original. Thankfully, the box office success wasn't the only aspect taken into account for Wrath of the Titans and the second in the series is of a marked improvement, if still disappointingly flat.

A decade after Perseus, demigod son of Zeus, defeated the mighty Kraken, a devastating war once again threatens to expel the existence of both gods and humans into oblivion. Hades, feeling betrayed for being banished to the underworld, seeks revenge alongside Zeus' unfavoured son Ares, who both plan to release the destructive Titan Kronos from captivity. Perseus, now living as a humble fisherman with his young son, is forced to come out of retirement for another act of bravery against all odds.

The film sees the return of the obvious romance building between Perseus and Queen Andromeda, who both enlist the help of Agenor, untrusted demigod son of Zeus' third brother Poseidon. From here, there is the regular sequence of journeys intertwined with battles as the quest intensifies into the depth of the hell-like underworld.

The action scenes are much better in this addition to the franchise, filled with more inspirational direction, excitement and general interest. However, the fact remains that there is very little heart generated from any of the main cast and if the sky was the limit for their dedication to the part then the heavens would remain locked for the rest of eternity.

Mythology is not necessarily supposed to be believable, yet for a movie of this nature to work it is integral that we can believe in the characters' purpose in the role. The gods, Perseus and Andromeda are typically loud and heroic but the actors that play their part are timidly weak in their portrayal – and it is for this reason that, ultimately, Wrath of the Titans is another failure.

- David Caulfield