Feel the wrath.
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington)—the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson)—is attempting to live quietly as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son, Helius, but unbeknownst to Perseus, a struggle for supremacy has been raging between the gods that will come to threaten his idyllic life.
Titans. If you’re like me and a fan of Ancient Mythology, you should be quite excited to watch this film or at least have some enthusiasm (as did I). I have viewed the first edition (twice) and it still hasn’t left a mark on me, so I was hoping this addition would be better. Luckily I hadn’t seen the trailer for the sequel; however I don’t think it would have changed my mind at all on how I feel about this movie. I am sad to report this motion picture fails; and hard, bringing absolutely nothing new to the table, only more of the same.
The story begins– not with an intro to our cast, but a brief catch up on the first film (in case you had forgotten or hadn’t seen it). If you don’t know anything about the film or the characters, you better learn fast cause they don’t give anything else away, except maybe the titles of each person. The main lead seems to plod along and doesn’t bring anything “real” to the screen…I actually felt that way with most, if not all the characters. They are…empty!
Perhaps it was the dialogue somewhat, but I couldn’t find any merit in the way the cast spoke it out, with little or no emotion at all. There are a few humorous moments that will either make you laugh or cringe. I did enjoy some of the stars more than others, however it was short lived.
There are two key elements that make this movie ever so slightly worthwhile…let alone bearable and that is the Cinematography and Special effects; the latter being absolutely gorgeous! Whether we are in the depths of Hell or walking along the ridge of a mountain top, every scene that could shine in such a way does! The back drops are stunning! It really felt at times you were walking along with the heroes at our sides… sadly they then had to go and open their mouths. Albeit the only bad thing I could say about this is in certain shots the camera work is incredibly unstable, thank heavens it’s only for a very few, select scenes.
As for the special effects, they are second to none! I did watch the film in 3D and it made all the difference. It is all CGI based, which is a standard in such a film. The effects are the main cusp of the film that would make you go and view it.
Now, onto the gripes and did this movie have plenty. For starters, it’s clichéd and predictable, even more so if you have watched the first movie. It feels exactly like the original, just with new face paint. Certain scenes made no sense and are basically there to move the story along, but in a un-manneristic way. The amount of creatures is permissible, ever so slightly, though I personally wanted more! and was upset at the way some of the mytho’s are handled. The editing too was a tad on the bad side, with some characters changing wardrobe from one scene to the next in a matter of seconds. It made the picture feel even more unrealistic. I could go on, but I feel this film doesn’t warrant anymore of my critisism than it already has.
At the end of the day, “Wrath of the Titans”…Wait, wrath? What wrath? Try as hard as I did, I didn’t enjoy this film. Bland characters, predictable story, nothing really “new” at all. I was highly disappointed (though I did have a small inkling it was going to go this way), even more so when I found out it was done by our own, Johan Lieberman. The film isn’t doing to well in theatres and has only made $112million on a budget of $150million.
I would only recommend this film if: You are a fan of the original, enjoy mythology or a huge special effects junky.
|Title:||Wrath of the Titans [3D] (2012)|
|Leading Cast:||Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston|
|Writer:||Dan Mazeau, David Leslie Johnson|
|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Fantasy|
|Running Time:||99 Minutes|
|Release Date:||30 March 2012 (South Africa)|