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Wrath of the Titans

by on June 24, 2012
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“Wrath of the Titans” may be a dumbed-down version of Greek mythology that takes plenty of liberties, but it’s still a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Ten years after his heroic defeat of the Kraken, demi-god Perseus (Sam Worthington) lives a peaceful life with his son. Unfortunately, Perseus’ peaceful existence is threatened when his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson), seeks out his son’s help. With their power weakened from a lack of faith, the gods are quickly losing control of the much-feared titans. After Ares and Hades kidnap Zeus, it is up to Perseus to save his father and stop the creator of all gods, Kronos.

“Wrath of the Titans” does have a few things going for it — impressive set pieces, fun action sequences, Liam Neeson as Zeus and the very fact this movie is a step above the original. While that isn’t saying much, it’s still something.

While I liked this sequel overall, I’m still conflicted about it. The story itself is pretty flimsy. Certain plot points just seemed like excuses to come up with dazzling set pieces and creatures. I personally enjoyed Kronos’ two-headed soldiers who took out half an army without even breaking a sweat. It was even more enjoyable when Zeus handed each one of these soldiers their heads on a platter with his bare hands. Man, Neeson is awesome. The creature Kronos was impressive albeit greatly underused. Of course his presence only brought about questions. How did a lava creature create gods like Zeus and Hades? I’m afraid to ask what their mother looked like.

The biggest injustice to this film is the misuse of such a talented cast. Ralph Fiennes is a master at playing a baddie, but his Hades just comes off whiny. He betrays his brother Zeus and then swiftly sends out an apology note. Sam Worthington does well as Perseus, and he can sure take a wallop as well as give one, but even this character is below his acting ability. The biggest flaw in my eyes is also one of the film’s greatest strengths — Neeson as Zeus. He’s supposed to be king of the Gods, but he’s so easily captured. I also felt that the writers turned him into Tinker Bell since he apparently loses his powers when no one believes. I was waiting for someone to tell Perseus to clap his hands so Zeus would reclaim his awesomeness.

I know so far I’ve bashed this movie, but I actually did like it. The action was awesome and the special effects were impressive. Flimsy plots and mind-numbing action are what blockbusters are all about, and “Wrath” at least improves on its predecessor. The final battle between Ares and Perseus is a brutal one, and when Liam Neeson finally gets to be Liam Nesson, it is amazing.

This is a movie that I’d definitely recommend for a nice Saturday afternoon rental. If you’re willing to look past the shortcomings, you’re likely to have a good time.

There are also plenty of special features to keep you busy long after the movie is finished.

Film: 3 Yaps
Extras: 3 Yaps