By Bryce Willis
“Wrath of the Titans,” Johnathan Liebesman’s sequel to his 2010 film “Clash of the Titans,” picks up where its predecessor left off, resulting in another disappointing exit from the movie theater.
The synopsis of the film is loosely based in Greek Mythology and centers around the protagonist Perseus, the son of Zeus. After slaying the Kraken in Clash of the Titans, Perseus becomes a fisherman and lives with his son Helius.
Zeus comes to Perseus one night, and asks him to help reinforce the walls of Tartarus (prison of the underworld) as Kronos, the father of the gods, begins to regain his strength. If Kronos regains strength, the gods lose their immortality.
Perseus refuses because he does not want to abandon his son. His refusal to abandon his son brings to light one of the film’s main motifs, devotion, by juxtaposing relationships between the fathers and sons in the story.
The rest of the movie is a big blur. The trio of Queen Andromeda, Perseus and Poseidon’s abandoned son, Agenor, team together with former god Hephaestus to free Zeus and reforge the Spear of Triam.
Hephaestus is the creator of the Spear of Triam and Tartarus. The Spear of Triam is Zeus’ bow, Posiedon’s triton and Hades’ spear, which was forged to defeat Kronos.
The way Liebesman told the story was often confusing and misguiding, placing emphasis on these monstrous tasks, and then spending little suspense and time developing their impact.
Besides suffering from ADHD and seemingly pandering to an 11-year-old boy audience, the best way to describe the film is underwhelming and anti-climactic.
Besides Liam Neeson, there are very few bright spots in acting for the film. The unmotivated, yet admittedly better, performance by Sam Worthington (Perseus) and the acting of Edgar Ramirez (Aries) are textbook examples of under acting and overacting, respectively.
The accents, which are typically British, varied from Worthington’s Australian accent to random French accents and Ramirez’s Spanish accent.
Adding to the terrible acting was the even worse character development. You find yourself unattached to the fate of the characters at the end of the movie.
With a $150 million budget, one would expect much better quality production value. At times, it was like watching the 1990s television series “Hercules: Legendary Journeys.” The monsters looked dated, the costumes looked fake and gaudy and the computer-generated imagery was often blurry and equally corny.
The one redeeming quality of the film was some master panorama shots of the Canary Islands where it was filmed. The camera work beautifully caught the rustic landscape of the Spanish Islands and really presented the Mediterranean backdrop that the movie relied on to give it any ounce of credibility.
Overall, the movie was a mess. Suffering from awkward dialogue, poor acting and corny, dated visuals. The movie failed to top its predecessor and will most likely be a minor blemish on an exciting 2012 year in cinema.
Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
Wrath of the Titans
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