259th Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans

A below-average popcorn flick bigger and more chaotic than the first film

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned… — (C) Warner Bros.

I wasn’t really eager to watch Wrath of the Titans when I was invited to catch it for free. Its predecessor was one of the most disappointing remakes in the past couple of years as it was totally different from the original which I have grown to appreciate during my high school days. Fast-forward to 2012 and we have the sequel, which I believe did nothing more than improve on its good qualities and do even worse on its bad ones.

First off all, this movie is nothing but a popcorn flick. It’s a kind of movie where you buy a ticket, grab your 3-D glasses (if necessary), sit on your chair, and turn off your brain. That last part is the most important, because it could spell the difference between your liking or hating it. The story progression was very Transformers-like where it tries to take you from point A to point B while blowing everything up in the process. The special effects here were intended to distract you from remembering how you got to the end in the first place. And while I could say that I was quite impressed with the visuals and the set pieces, it really wasn’t enough to praise the movie overall.

The film already misfired on the first scene when Perseus (Sam Worthington) and his 10-year old son Helius’ (John Bell) began talking and I couldn’t see any sign of love between the two. I could say the same for Perseus and Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), whose chemistry was non-existent. Most of them had forgettable performances, especially Worthington. Veterans Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes seemed like they were reading their lines out of a comic book. And while Toby Kebell’s character Agenor provided some comic relief, his role felt like it was merely inserted into the story and wasn’t very well thought of. In fact, even the soldiers felt unnecessary. They just wore their armor, feared the monsters, and died. Andromeda was their queen but even she gets flung around in battle!

Director Jonathan Liebesman made a decent effort to improve a film which was doomed from the start. It could have been worse, but that’s not exactly a compliment. If you’re up for a stupid actioner  that can kill some time, this film is perfect, but you’ll have to lower your expectations. Otherwise, don’t even bother seeing this film. If Warner Bros. fooled you once, shame on them. Don’t waste your money for a sequel which will end up disappointing you once again.

GRADE: C-

I Agreed With the MAJORITY

Rotten Tomatoes: 23% FRESH, 4.4/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 6.3/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 37/100

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