Film Review: Wrath of the Titans
Posted on April 3, 2012
In this sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez) embark on a plan to restore Kronos, leader of the imprisoned Titans, to his full power. Perseus (Sam Worthington) braves the underworld to rescue his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson) and save Greece from the Titan’s wrath.
Avatar star, Sam Worthington, puts in a decent performance as Perseus, but the strongest performances in Wrath of the Titan’s come from Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson as brothers Hades and Zeus.
Bill Nighy, as Hephaetsus, and Toby Kebbell, as Agenor, both bring a nice touch of humour. Gags are over quickly though, avoiding the temptation to linger and become corny. Despite this, much of the film’s dialogue is tarred by the multitude of accents on display, making the film feel inconsistent and silly in parts. The film also has a cliche love interest that is predictable and dull.
On the plus side, Wrath of the Titan’s action is convincing. It’s monsters, particularly a fire breathing dragon at the start of the film, are impressive, fitting within their environments well and avoiding a green screened look. Wrath’s tension builds and builds, especially as the action passes in to Tartarus (the underworld dungeon). The appearance of Kronos is also well worth the wait (although his main weapon does appear to be a simple wave).
Wrath of the Titans is certainly entertaining and keeps you on the edge of your seat. But, with a few tweaks, it could have been much better.
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