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Wrath of the Titans (review by Jonathan McMillan) Studio: Warner Bros.
Run time: 99 minutes.
Plot: Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world..
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike
Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action
Bottom Line: ***
Review : I have to admit I was very apprehensive when I got the call to review the screening of this sequel to the 2010 lackluster remake. Although the first movie was somewhat entertaining, it didn't live up to the expectations of my 10 year inner-child who fell in love with the 1981 original. As a matter of fact in my review of that film I stated that remaking the cult classic was a classic example of not knowing when to quit while you're ahead.
And to top it off, in an attempt to capitalize on the success that Avatar, the producers of 2010s remake added 3D effects in post-production which made the movie a visual train wreck that was absolutely torturous to watch. However after seeing the trailer to Wrath of the Titans, my interest was piqued by the scope of the special effects and the hopes that Warner Bros. studio learned from their mistakes.
I'm very glad to say; my hopes were not dashed.
Finally, movie making technology has advanced to do justice to the stories that the Greek storytellers captured our imaginations with for thousands of years. Wrath of the Titans is 99 minutes of 3D computer generated imagery that accurately projects on screen what the world of "gods and titans" must have looked like. Rather than the original intent of the Greek myths to serve as moral parables, the plot of Wrath of the Titans serves only to show the truly awesome capabilities of what Hollywood technology can do now-a-days. The cinematography renders astonishing beautiful landscapes upon which two- headed fire spewing monsters and the sort, wreck havoc and attempt to kill our Perseus (Sam Worthington of Avatar) and his crew.
Technically the film is about Perseus' heroes journeys to save the Olympian gods Zeus, Possiden and Hades (respectively played by super actors: Liam Neeson, Danny Huston and Ralph Fiennes) from the wrath of their mythological father the titan Cronos.
Nevermind the plot and it's stars though. The movie really is just a vehicle showcasing a world of amazingly "realistic" rendered one-eyed creatures 20 stories tall called cyclops' who attempt to smash our protagonists with towering tree trunks. A world where a half man/ half bull creature called a minotaur stalks our hero's in a bafflingly M.C,Escher-esque ever shifting labyrinth. I whole-heartedly believe scenes like these are what todays 3D technology is made for.
Unlike the 2010 movie, the audience which will enjoy this movie will be broader than (as I said in my last review) "a very specific target audience those made of snips of snails and puppy dog tails" because the CGI and 3D special effects are so awesome that this movie is overall, very entertaining. Don't look for it on the the list of Best Picture nominees during Academy Award season, however I wouldn't be surprised if it did win some Oscars in some of the technical categories.
Wrath of the Titans is a sequel to the 2010 movie Clash of the Titans.
I personally enjoyed Clash of the Titans. I thought it was a fun movie
to watch. I saw it with my friend, and we both found it enjoyable. But
the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, is definitely an improvement over it's
Wrath of the Titans starts off a few years after Clash of the Titans. Perseus has decided to live like a normal human, and he's got himself a son. But when he finds out that Zeus, his father, and all the other gods are becoming mortal and weak because the humans have lost their faith in them, he literally goes to hell to put things back into place.
Just like the previous film, the story is crap and just an excuse to have some epic battles shoved in. The battles were cool, the characters were likable and the special effects were brilliant.
Now one of the coolest things about Wrath of the Titans is the 3D, and how it's handled. Things pop out at you, you go through tight corners while you feel like you're really there. There's one shot were I literally jumped because something just literally came out of the screen.
Overall, Wrath of the Titans is a good movie to watch, and it's entertaining to watch in 3D.
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ohhhhhh honestly this is one big shitty movie nothing in it makes any sense whatsoever i don't know where to start but here are the problems ( or at least some of them ) 1- gods are immortal people they don't die they cannot be killed and they certainly wont turn into dust. 2-why ares turned against Zeus in the first place what was wrong with him ? 3-how come hades decided to free the big bad lava dude Cronus the creature seemed hell bent on killing everyone?hades had no guarantee that it wouldn't kill him. 4-why all of a sudden hades decided to help Zeus and kick Ares ass he had no reason to trust Zeus either for all we know he might have ended up being banished again. 5- the guy who plays Perseus is awful the girl who plays Andromeda is equally awful practically everyone in this movie is awful ecsept for Liam neeson and Ralph fiens and that not saying much because they are both great actors and we all know it.all and avoid like plague this movie is not worth your time and the money you would spend on buying it.
What can I say? This film's runtime is one and a half hour... and that time is filled with CGI and clunky script. Well, one thing is different... Perseus has a long hair... whoopie! I must say that this film is a very faithful sequel to a first adventure full of CGI crap. And again... it looks so fake, that I really miss Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion. Now, let's be quick. Story - fast and bad, costumes - OK, music score - OK, characters - nothing special. Actors did... well it was just a job to appear in a big film to get paid for. Sam Worthington's future is sealed, a star in a fake CGI big bulls**ts! Rosamund Pike as Andromeda... she was OK... Edgar Ramirez (Ares) and Toby Kebbell (Poseidon's son Agenor), my God... they were such a c*nts... Bill Nighy? Well... it seems that his gaunt appearance was needed. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes? Well, they were on their terrain. They didn't give a flying f**k about the film. They were paid. Don't waste your money. Do something else... pop your eyes out!
This was really bad. I didn't want it to be because I enjoyed Clash of
the Titans and thought the sequel, though unneeded, could be
This was a pretty weak movie. The editing is pretty horrible as it jumps from one scene with one group of characters with no segue and then jumps back in only to show us that they are somewhere else in their conversation (or in some cases, another place). The dialogue was horrendous and full of every cliché word in the book. The action scenes were short and oddly placed.
The worst part was Andromeda. In my opinion, Andromeda served her purpose in the first movie. To bring her back as a warrior princess who yells commands was embarrassing to watch. I couldn't take Rosamund Pike seriously in the role as she tried too hard to be both tough as a leader but soft enough to be Perseus's love interest - something Gemma Arteton did effortlessly as Io.
All in all, it was a typical sequel that tried to outdo the first (which was a remake to boot) and failed. It goes in the category of: forgotten sequels.
Not even Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes could save it. In fact, their story lines were the most confusing to me. The writers copped out of a real ending and a potentially great film by overdoing every single thing.
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Perhaps one of the most better mythical movies of the century. A bit more ambitious than the first. But yes it has it's flaws. I am not so much into Greek mythology or even any religious thing. But I will accept this movie for what it's worth. Now to the baddies and goodies. There's only one titan here. I was expecting titans as in the title. Cronos looks so dumb to father the so called gods of Olympus. But maybe that's because he was imprisoned in Tartarus for eons. But enough of them slippery bits of the story. I am a special effects fan and I look for that in any movie. It doesn't have to be mega, it can be subtle. This one is mega and definitely over the top. I got what I wanted from this movie. It is awesome and perhaps the best mythical movies of the century. It makes that movie "Immortals" really puny. It may not follow much of the real mythical story but hey this is Hollywood and I ain't complaining. The creatures created here are excellent. If you're one of those who is willing to bypass some silly little things and are looking for action and SFX. This one makes it to my collection. Without a doubt on the top of my list for this decade.
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I gave it a 5 only for the good actors, Neeson and Fiennes, and for the
1.Waste of good budget.
2.Waste of some average and some great actors that play in the movie.
3.Waste of a great script source: (Greek) mythology. The story was a
mesh. No depth in plot, crappy dialogues that didn't give any story
It is a disappointment that they had all these(budget,actors,source material) and still (for 2nd time) couldn't make a film that is something more than "ahh..watchable".
"The time of the Gods is ending but the son of Zeus cannot hide from his destiny forever." Perseus (Worthington) is doing is best to forget his old life and make it without the help of any of the Gods. Perseus is not the only one trying to make it alone and the Gods are beginning to lose control of the Titans. When Zeus' (Neeson) other son Ares teams with Hades to take control and kidnaps Zeus and imprisons him in Hell there is only one who can rescue him. I have to start by saying I have never been a fan of movies like this. I couldn't get into "Clash Of The Titans", "Immortals", or even "300". I say that so I can say that this was very entertaining and I really enjoyed this one a lot. Not only was this action packed with great effects the story was actually entertaining as well. There is enough mythology for purists, but not too much to scare off people like me. Another amazing thing about this one is that it is a rare sequel that is better then the first one. While this is not really a movie you have to pay attention to the entire time or you are lost it is still a very entertaining movie and it is fun and relaxing to watch something like this every once in a while. Overall, a very entertaining popcorn movie that is better then the original. I give it a B+
In this film, the Greek gods are reduced to GI Joe style characters.
Much of the movie is: people falling down rock caverns, giants trying to kill people with rocks, and rocks coming alive and trying to kill people.
Sam Worthington physically suits the role of Perseus, but as usual he has no range as an actor.
The story is practically non-existent. What story there is, is pretty much 100% predictable.
By the way, why are Greek temples always shown as ruins? This *is* ancient Greece. The temples were nice and new back then. (heh)
Clearly they focused all their energy on the effects and sound, which *are* impressive. They save this movie from getting a zero.
They lay the groundwork for another sequel at the end. Should we be surprised?
I really wanted to love this film. After getting the remake out of the way, this had the chance to really explore new areas of this mythological world. Instead, they just decided to make a big monster mash with once again little character development. Perseus has lived a quiet life for 10 years, but must now travel to the underworld to save his father, otherwise Cronos and other Titans are going to destroy gods and man. He must meet people, collect specific items, travel through mazes, and of course battle monsters. The monsters are great. They really look fantastic, and all are consistent as opposed to the last film. The cyclops looked amazing, and made me crave more films about giants instantly. The films repetitive pacing soon wears thin, and I wished I had been playing a computer game with these graphics and creatures. The script does try hard in places, mostly with the relationship between Hades and Zeus. But when you hear the terrible attempts at comedy from Kebbell and Nighy, it's clear the film wanted a broader audience. May as well stick it on in the background and pay attention every time it gets loud.
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