Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
I’m not going to be blunt and not say it but I really hated Clash of the Titans, something during the entire movie just didn’t feel right like the Gods having nothing really to do except to guide Perseus once in a while and Zeus yelling “Release the Kraken” otherwise the felt wasted and not given the chance to really develop. Sam Worthington was also another big problem for me, after Avatar I had some faith in him as an actor, he just felt wooden and lifeless during the duration of the film. The worst part was the Kraken, sure the special effects were amazing but the trailer made it seems like it was going to be something epic but just lead to an anticlimactic ending with the Kraken only serving as a big action set piece at the end but last only 3 minutes. When I saw the trailer for Wrath of the Titans I feared that the movie was going to go down the same path but for me it actually did something right, get more down and dirty with the filming and special effects to the point that it didn’t feel the same as Clash. Sure it had some similarities but all in all I thought that what Wrath ended up being was a better version of the original.
The epic battle between the Titans and the gods continues in this sequel set ten years after the events in Clash of the Titans, as Perseus (Sam Worthington) descends into the underworld on a mission to rescue Zeus from the clutches of Hades (Ralph Fiennes), Ares (Edgar Ramirez), and Kronos. In the wake of his decisive victory against the Kraken, Perseus has retreated to a remote fishing village to raise his young son, Helius. Meanwhile, humanity has lost faith in the gods. As a result, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon find their power beginning to slip, a development that could spell disaster for all of humankind should their imprisoned father, Kronos, manage to break free from his underworld prison in Tartarus. When Perseus learns that Zeus’ son Ares has teamed with Hades and Kronos to capture Zeus, steal his power, and create hell on Earth, the time comes to take action. Now, with Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) by his side, brave Perseus will venture deep into the underworld on a mission to defeat the Titans, deliver Zeus from evil, and prevent the powers of darkness from consuming all of humanity.
What I found better in this movie was that it contain better special effects, which really brought some of the creatures to life and made the environment feel much grittier and not as flashy as the first one did. What caught me by surprise was that Sam Worthington actually outperformed himself in this role which felt much more natural and not so wooden or corny. The one major thing that made the movies to similar is that the story is essential the same. Perseus starts his journey and then recruits a bunch of followers, one who happens to be a demi god. Their travels leads them to a location which they have to battle giant monster, in this one it was Cyclopses and the first one it was Scorpions, and then later they ride them to get to the location, which leads them to a source of information, the witches in the first and Hephaestus in the second. This information leads them to the Underworld where they have to defeat yet another Mythical beast, Medusa in the Clash and the Minotaur in Wrath, shortly after this confrontation and some more traveling which then leads them to the main villain which they have to fight and subsequently defeat. Afterwards the have to fight the big monster at the end, The Kraken and then Kronos, which tries to be epic but ends up being a lackluster final battle with the all powerful creatures gets defeated very easily. Personally I think that the sequel used this plot structure better but in the end it all seems all to boring of a story which relies to much on big screen effects and little to no character development. At least the Gods got something to do this time around even though I will be sad to see Liam Neeson go, not because I’ll miss Zeus it’s because it’s freaking Liam Neeson one of the only good things about this franchise.
All in all it can be a fun movie to watch but if you are looking for a story or good characters this is definitely not the movie for you.
5.5 out of 10
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