“Wrath of the Titans” would more accurately be called “Repeat of the Titans.” The 2010 “Clash of the Titans” earned an amazing $160 million in the box office, North American take alone, and nearly half-a-billion dollars worldwide. But will this one break that record? I guess if you add in inflation and the cost of 3D, and yes, it probably will be close to that record. However, the 3D killed it for me. I left the premiere with a blasting headache, and the normally perfect performance by Liam Neeson has been repeated again, again and again. Remember “Clash of the Titans,” “The Grey” and on and on. It’s time for Neeson to stop accepting the checks and doing every film he’s offered. He has enough money now, and enough fame that he can turn a role down, now and again. Sam Worthington was well worth the movie going experience, and Ralph Fiennes is always sublime, but it still wasn’t worth all the big explosions and fire spitting in your face; thanks to 3D technology.
Warner Bros. really should not make every one of their action films 3D. This one didn’t work. However, “Wrath of the Titans” wasn’t a total wash up. It’s still a film young boys and young men will enjoy. The storyline for “Wrath” was highly improved from the “Clash” of two years ago.
“Wrath” takes place ten years after Perseus (Sam Worthington) defeated the monster Kraken in “Clash.” Instead of taking his rightful place as a legendary demigod, he’s decided to live his life as a humble fisherman, and we know that never works out. Didn’t for Jesus either! Then we meet him again. Now he’s a widower raising his son Helius, hoping to shield the young man from the petty nature of the Greek gods. But the perils of bad fast paced, maybe, too fast-paced writing and overuse of 3D imagery, it then collapses.
All right, you want to hear more? Then we see Zeus, (played by normally solidLiam Neeson), who visits son Perseus unannounced, then begins to warn his son that the Greek gods are losing their power because the people have stopped praying to them. This is an issue because Kronos, father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades (Ralph Fiennes), are both trying to stage a comeback and destroy the world, and Zeus is hoping his brothers, plus sons Ares and Perseus, will join him to defeat Kronos. Does he? You know the answer to that.
However, Perseus doesn’t exactly refuse to help but feels his human half makes him inadequate for the task. That’s when Zeus drops a lightning rod of knowledge on his son, by telling him, “You will learn someday that being half-human makes you stronger than a god.” Works for me!
Soon after giving Perseus such sage wisdom and, Zeus then departs Perseus to meet Poseidon and Ares in Tartarus, realm of Hades, hoping to recruit them, but the god of the underworld has other ideas. Hades and Ares kill brother/uncle Poseidon and take brother/papa Zeus prisoner, intending to help grandpa/great-grandpa Kronos destroy the world. And by the end of the film, you feel like you have been to Hades and BACK AGAIN!
We all know, that Perseus decides to save the world, aided on his journey by Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and his cousin Agenor, the disappointing demigod son of Poseidon who’s played by Toby Kebbell. Okay, this is really where it gets good. Toby Kebbell is excellent in the role, Toby is actually the best part of this film.
By the time we get to, the end, it’s a lot of action, and yes, Toby and Sam (Worthington) are really good at the conclusion, but it felt like hell, oops, forgive me; felt like going to Hades to get there. So save your money, wait for the film to come out on DVD. And if you absolutely have to see “Wrath of the Titans,” Highlight Hollywood gives the film
Two-and-A-Half out of Five stars.
“Wrath of the Titans” opens today (Friday), March 30 nationwide in theaters.
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