Wrath Of The Titans brought a brand new story to the life of Perseus, a demi-god and the son of Zeus. He is now in alliance with Andromeda and his father to bring back peace in the world. Wrath Of The Titans stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and premiered in the big screen last March 30th 2012. Let’s take a look at how this new action/adventure movie was rated by Pam Goldberg-Smith:
How The Wrath Of The Titans Fared In The Big Screen
“The Gist: The demigod Perseus tries to return to a simple fisherman’s life with his son, Helius, but must once again battle titans when his father, Zeus, is captured by his uncle, Hades, and half-brother, Ares.
First Impressions: Let’s just call it what it is, an unnecessary sequel for an unremarkable remake. All returning main actors will give their usual solid performances with new additions to the cast. While the story will be sacrificed for special effects, there should be appropriate music alongside the action (this does not include the odd choice of Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams” in the trailer).
As suspected, The Wrath of the Titans becomes just another movie highlighting the sacrifice of a good story by injecting an overdose of special effects and poor dialogue.
Zeus (Liam Neeson) warns his half-human son Perseus, (Sam Worthington), of impending doom, though Perseus affirms he will not leave his young son, Helius (John Bell). Like Tinkerbell needing applause, the Gods are losing their power which originates from man’s prayers. Zeus and his brother, Poseidon (Danny Huston), journey to the underworld to make amends with their brother, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) who, along with Zeus’s son Ares (Edgar Ramirez Arellano), capture Zeus to use his power to release his father, the titan, Kronos. Perseus must then join up with demigod, Agenor (Toby Kebbell) the son of Poseidon, ex-god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), and Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) to free Zeus.
Along with lazy, cliché-filled writing, at times the actors could not be understood, either talking too quickly or too low to be heard. Much of what the characters say are already obvious to the audience, whether Perseus is seeing a mirage of his son and says “you’re not my son” or Andromeda’s noting that “Kronos is near” after a nearby mountain blows up. Unfortunately, the bare remnants of the story lie within the repetition of finding the parts of the weapon which can defeat Kronos, involving one part Zeus’s thunderbolt, one part Hades’s pitchfork, and one part Poseidon’s trident.
That being said, the effects are well done, keeping realistic within the shots involving the actors. Each mystical character, from the Minotaur to the Cyclops to Pegasus, fits ideally within the landscape. Costumes successfully reflected the time and characters, and the music picked up where other elements fell flat. Big name actors Neeson, Huston, Fiennes, and Worthington excelled while some newcomers, Bell and Pike, were great disappointments.
No surprises here in a film that plays on the audience’s knowledge that good will prevail and 3-D will generate more revenue.
One Positive Critique: Ramirez Arellano was the most convincing new addition as Ares. He did not need many lines to fully portray the imposing figure of the God of war, yet he proved he belonged on screen beside Neeson and Fiennes.”
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