Wrath of the Titans (Film) Review

Wrath of the Titans

Released: 30th March 2012
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 99

Its 3D effects are an improvement over its predecessor's, but in nearly every other respect, Wrath of the Titans fails to improve upon the stilted acting, wooden dialogue, and chaos-driven plot of the franchise's first installment.

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned... -- (C) Warner Bros.

Mark Holcomb (Village Voice) said:
"What it lacks are the very elements that made the first movie such a surprise: wit and nerve."
Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) said:
"This feeble followup to 2010's godawful Clash of the Titans sucketh the mighty big one."
Anton Bitel (Film4) said:
"With its heavy sword passed down too many generations, this spectacular if tired sequel to a remake abounds in rehashed myths and second-hand ideas."
Andy Webster (New York Times) said:
"At least it doesn't take itself too seriously."
Claudia Puig (USA Today) said:
"While the special effects are sharper than in Clash of the Titans, the dialogue is equally uninspired."
Richard Corliss (TIME Magazine) said:
"Wrath radiates the straight-forward, straight-faced pleasures of the mytho-muscular epics, like Hercules and Jason and the Argonauts, produced in Europe a half-century ago."
Mark Olsen (Los Angeles Times) said:
"This is pure product, a movie desperately without energy or enthusiasm of any kind."
Peter Bradshaw (Guardian [UK]) said:
"Not quite wrath, more a persistant crossness, and in the case of Rosamund Pike's Andromeda, a kind of pained, headmistressy dismay."
Robbie Collin (Daily Telegraph) said:
"Cinemagoers who have come to expect poor writing in blockbusters may not be surprised by any of this, but what really startles is the way Wrath bungles its main draw: the visuals."


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