What’s it About?
Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.
“Wrath of the Titans”
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
I must commend director Jonathan Liebesman for delivering a quick, fun and frivolous mythology based action film that indeed entertains in that weird “I’m not expecting Ben Hur” kind of way. I was actually prepping to write a really ass chewing review for this film. But I must admit (maybe it could have been that I had a belly full of delicious Italian food when I saw this) I rather enjoyed the movie for what it was. I have always been a big fan of the first Charles Schneer / Ray Harryhausen “Clash of Titans” film and the re-make was really kinda “meh” for me so under that umbrella I had figured it wouldn’t be too hard to continue the crap-fest they started with the re-make.
“Wrath” suffers from having a bit of a tired and hokey Father/Son premise (Perseus now has a tyke of his own) but it makes up for it in quick execution, awesome visual effects and action, action, action. Oh and Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes are in it so that is always a plus even when other characters could be predictably dull. The movie overall is overtly polished and very easy to watch while turning off the gray matter for an hour and a half. That sort of works in it’s favor. Considering that “Clash” was a bit shaky and over frenetic in it’s action and the CGI was relatively hit or miss.
Not so with “Wrath.” The film’s CGI and action set pieces are leaps and bounds better than the first installment. Most notably during the Chimera battle and the resurrection of Cronos. Be warned though, there are some fast cuts used here and there but they do not entirely detract from the overall experience. Hades’ underworld is impressive to behold and the Cyclops sequence is pretty harrowing.
Sam Worthington is quite like-able, more believable and better settled in as Perseus even though his delivery at times still feels kind of stilted. He excels during the action scenes, though, which is what really counts, I suppose. He jumps, ducks, rolls and cries aloud with a very capable energy not seen as much anymore with other CGI drenched fantasy films. As I mentioned before, Neeson and Fiennes are great to watch and I even enjoyed how they relished their roles. Especially after Zeus exclaims to his brother, Hades: “Let’s have some fun!”
The beautiful Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, Die Another Day) as Andromeda is pretty hardcore during the battles sequences and very sexy in the more quieter scenes when she plays the brave and stout leader of her army or against even Worthington. Agenor, played tongue in cheek by Toby Kebbell, is the cliched comedy relief but he never goes too way over the top and is quite entertaining and precise. Bill Nighy as Hephaestus steals some scenes away from the rest of the cast. His turn in this film is refreshing. All in all the cast endures and they make the best with what is given to them in this bear bones adventure.
“Wrath of the Titans” is a quick, explosive and action filled fantasy film that never makes any qualms about it being just a visual treat as opposed to being a Shakespearean play. It is very disposable and probably not very memorable but it’s loud, dumb fun. Enjoy it for what it is, folks and I think you’ll have a diverting and entertaining time watching some cool action packed CGI goofiness.