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WRATH OF THE TITANS – Movie Review

If I were to make a list of unnecessary movies coming out in 2012, Wrath of the Titans would be towards the top.  I, along with many, immensely hated the first film from 2010, Clash of the Titans.  And while this new installment is marginally better than the first one, it’s ultimately more of the same.

The film picks up right where Clash leaves off, where Perseus (Sam Worthington) is settled down at home with a young son.  Zeus (Liam Neeson, still love that casting choice) approaches him with a warning that demons are being cast down to earth to wipe out humanity.  It’s up to Perseus to defeat them, or the world, as they know it, will end.

Like the first film, Wrath of the Titans features a generic, flat script with some incredibly hollow characters.  Perseus is one of the blandest protagonists I’ve seen in a while, and the writers don’t do anything to enhance him further than simply being the action hero.  And frankly, while Sam Worthington has given stoic performances in other films, I don’t blame him for acting this way here, because the script gives him virtually nothing to work with.

There are countless lines of dialogue that provide for some unintentional laughs.  A scene takes place where Perseus takes his son to a destroyed temple.  The son says something along the lines of, “This isn’t how I read it in the books,” to which Perseus replies toughly, “Well, we’ll just have to rewrite them.”  Even the best actor in the world couldn’t make dialogue like that good.

The action scenes are also filmed incredibly shakily and cut every two to five seconds.  They give you no sense of geography, location of characters, or stakes in general, which is very reminiscent of Wrath director Jonathan Liebesman’s previous dud, Battle: Los Angeles.

There are some decent aspects to the film.  A scene takes place in a large, temple-like structure with vast corridors and chambers, and at one point the walls start to close in on the characters, giving off a nice sense of claustrophobia.

Also, there are a few tracking-establishing shots where the camera will continuously move forward to set up the scene.  Those did a nice job of giving me a nice scope of the vast environment, but this shot was only in the film twice.

Overall, Wrath of the Titans isn’t a complete disaster like the first film, however it’s simply a bad movie with some painstakingly generic storytelling.

FINAL RATING: 1.5/5

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  1. March 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Yeah, the first one was rubbish. Essentially the same issues are evident with the first one are also evident in the second one. I believe there is a third one out in a year or two.

    Nice job.

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