Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans

Release: 30 March 2012
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, and Rosamund Pike
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Length: 99 min.
Rating: PG-13

Feel the Wrath

Basic Premise:
Perseus is called on once more to be tested by the gods of Olympus, but failing this test will doom the entire planet to horrible, painful ruin. Cronus, father to the gods, is breaking free of his prison. Perseus must gather his warriors and stop that from happening.

If you know nothing about Greek mythology or don’t care about Greek mythology, then this is a great movie. However, if you know Perseus’s family tree then you know that there are some SERIOUS issues with this plot. I can’t go into those issues without giving away the toy surprise, so I won’t bother. I will simply say, Greek mythology buffs be warned. Then again, if you saw the first movie, then you are well aware this movie and its predecessor don’t follow Greek mythology the way they should.

Putting aside the movies flagrant disregard for the source material, it was mildly entertaining. It was FAR better than the first one, which isn’t saying much if you consider my review of Clash of the Titans. Wrath is a nice way to pass the time but I didn’t spend 3D money on it and I wouldn’t suggest anyone else spend it either.

Sam Worthington made a much better 27 year old than he did a 17 year old. The action was good, even if the camera work was trying to make me motion sick. The effects were nice. I think I would have enjoyed this movie so much more if they had left the Greek mythology part out of it… though I’m not sure how they could have done that and still had a movie. I’m hoping they don’t try to make a third, but given the ending of the second, I don’t see how it’s possible.

And no offense to Édgar Ramírez, but Kevin Smith will always be Ares in my mind. And thus whiny Ares with father issues pales in comparison.

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