Wrath of the Titans
In ancient Greece, the stories of the gods and titans gave inspiration to the fighting solders and entertained the rich and the poor. There have been many attempts to bring these stories to a modern audience. Like Helen of Troy and Homer’s Odyssey, they have a rich history, but don’t necessarily translate well for the mainstream crowd. Two years ago, there was a remake to the 1980’s cult, Clash of the Titans. I didn’t like it, but the film was a big success and told the studios audiences want more with Perseus and his adventures with the monsters. This brings us the sequel, Wrath of the Titans. Is it better, or does is crumble into dust?
The movie takes place ten years later where Perseus, played once again by Sam Worthington, is now trying to live a quiet life with his son. He thought that his duty to the gods were over, despite being the son of Zeus. I’m serious; he really thought that he could just walk away from being an immortal. What an idiot. Anyway, he is summoned by Zeus to work with the gods and demigods for help because the prison that holds the titans is about to open. Perseus says no. I understand that he wants to stay with his son, but this was something that could have prevented the to be events. Back in the underworld, Zeus is meeting with Hades, Poseidon, and his other son Ares. Being that Perseus was stupid enough to let his father go without him, Hades and Ares turn on him. Zeus is taken prisoner and Hades begins to rein a war on the humans. Now Perseus is on board.
He sets off on his next journey with Queen Andromeda and a thief demigod named Agenor. They could have used this opportunity to build development, but the movie builds more like a video game. They go to one place, fight a monster, and go to the next. They find a maze, solve it, and go to the next place. They find another area, fight a monster, and it goes on like this. Thankfully, the movie is only an hour and a half, so it paces well. But speaking of the editing, it’s horrible. During a lot of the battles, they overuse the close-ups on the monsters and they’ll cut to images that are barley a second and go to another. It’s hard to explain in writing, but if you seen Battle L.A., then you’ll know what I mean.
If the wooden acting and video game-like plot isn’t a turn on for you, then the monster battles are. The special effects were paid the most attention. Seeing these people fight dragons, Cyclops’s, and a lava titan are surprisingly entertaining. They really set the scope of the size of these things and having the smaller people fight and control looks amazing. Lets be honest, this is what’s going to get the people into the theater. But if you look at The Lord of The Rings, that series was able to provide epic battles, and a great story to go with it. The Titans series really needed stronger writing to match the level of the Rings series.
I'll give this three lighting bolts of Zeus out of five. Wrath of the Titans is better then the first, but not by much. For those looking for a video game movie, then this is it.