The tagline for Clash of The Titans was “Titans will clash”. The sequel, Wrath of the Titans, provides us with the slightly more inventive tagline “Feel the wrath”. How creative. If they make a third film and call it Remember The Titans I suspect its tagline would be “No one actually remembers the last two films”.
Jonathan Liebesman‘s Wrath of The Titans is the follow up to Louis Leterrier‘s Clash (a remake of the similarly titled Ray Harryhausen classic) in which we saw Sam Worthington as demigod Perseus, slaying Medusas and Krakens alike. He returns in the sequel, bland as ever, ready to destroy more mythological mostrosities.
Perseus’ father, the lord of all gods Zeus (Liam Neeson) fears that people are losing faith in them, meaning the power of all gods is fading and might soon be gone forever. He travels with his brother Poseidon (Danny Huston) to the Underworld, where they both discover that Hades (Ralph Fiennes) has taken Zeus’ son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) under his wing. Instead of agreeing with Zeus’ offer on a truce to rebuild Tartarus, Hades takes him captive and severely wounds Poseidon. Hades intends to use what little power Zeus has left to release Kronos, the creator of the Titans, from his prison in Tartarus.
Beings from the Underworld thus attack Perseus’ village, where he’s been living in peace for a few years. He travels to the temple of Zeus to ask his father what is happening but finds only the injured Poseidon, who tells Perseus he must find his son, the demigod Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and hand him his trident. He then dies, and apparently gods become sand when they die.
And so on his noble Pegasus, Perseus flies to the camp of Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) – one of the more forgettable characters in the film – where Agenor, who turns out to be incompetent and thievish, is imprisoned. With Agenor, Andromeda and a few soldiers, Persues starts his quest to find and free his father before the wrath of Kronos is unleashed, fighting off many familiar mythological beasts on the way.
Bill Nighy also appears as Hephaestus, the only really funny and memorable character in the film. He isn’t the “comic relief” like Agenor. He is that side character who is usually more funny than the comic relief. Many movies have that.
Other than the hilarious Nighy, though, Wrath of the Titans doesn’t offer much that is worth to remember. The visual effects on Kronos, the Pegasus and Hephaestus’ cyclopses, I will admit, is extremely impressive and I suppose Ralph Fiennes was doing an alright job in his role. But any movie where the majority of the focus is on someone as dull an uncharismatic as Sam Worthington isn’t going to be alot of fun. I’m sorry but I don’t understand why this man has been selected to carry so many films lately. He is too boring to work as a lead, says I. As for Neeson, let’s just say I think he would be better off playing a statue of Zeus.
As a fan of Age of Mythology, I guess I had fun seeing so many recognizable creatures – chimeras, cyclopses, Tartarus spawn – but all in all, Wrath of the Titans is really dull and uninteresting. The fact that the comic relief isn’t funny and that his tendency to use phrases that sound a little to modern for a film like this doesn’t help matters. Bill Nighy is the best part of the film but he isn’t in it for more than, what, two scenes? Maybe two and a half?
The 3D was the same old same old, except for one part where they made it seem more real by adding some blackness on the top and bottom parts of the screen, making it appear as though the head of a serpent really was sticking its head out into the cinema. Not sure if that’s clever or if it’s just cheating.