Runtime: 99 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action)
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writers: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Wrath of the Titans is the second part to the hideous 2010 flop Clash of the Titans, which was deservedly known for its weak special effects, shoddy writing, and terrible performances. But movie number two very pleasingly chooses to step up its game. Sam Worthington reclaims his role as “Perseus,” son of “Zeus” (Liam Neesson), with “Andromeda” (Rosamund Pike) as the Queen of Greece. The two effectively charming leads march ahead with great supporting performances at their sides in a movie that does much better than expected.
As the gods want for strength, Zeus is kidnapped, leading Perseus to muster his humanity as the greatest asset in seeking out Poseidon’s son, “Agenor” (Toby Kebbell) to locate “Hephaestus” (Bill Nigh), to stop “Aries” and “Hades” (Édgar Ramírez, Ralph Fiennes) from helping Kronos regain his power to break free and consume the world.
There are passable elements of humor here as well—elements with the decency to show us exactly what is relevant while not slowing down the pace in needless character writing. Kebbell carries his own understated effectiveness for his role while Nigh adds an oddly blended personality. Some definite improvements could have been made in Kronos who is lamely presented to us as nothing more than a monster of magma.
This one for sure doesn’t hit one out of the park. It may actually disappoint viewers looking for too much, but the battle scenes and plot development provide solid entertainment, especially when compared to the previous movie.