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They makers of Wrath have learned a lesson from my review of Clash Of
The Titans (2010). Just kidding, but everybody agreed that Clash was
all about the effects and a hollow script. Here we do have a bit of the
same but we are two years further into flicks about the Gods and Greek
There's more action going on and there's even a spot of the red stuff to notice here and there. Due the success of Clash they add millions more here towards the CGI and story but it still doesn't work completely. I don't know what the real problem is, there's a lot of action, in that part I agree but maybe the script failed again. The acting was mediocre and again I wasn't into any of the characters. An epic movie with great action and bad script.
It's slightly better than it's predecessor. But still it's a mess with a lot of faults against the ancient Greek mythology. This is a perfect flick to watch with the family on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 4/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 0/5
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The Gods are all missing, or dying. Years have passed since Perseus
lopped off Medusa's head and used it to kill The Kraken. Io is gone,
finally released from her tortuous never-ending existence, and now Zeus
has a Grandson, Helius (John Bell), whom Zeus Visits while asleep.
This is a dirtier, grittier, Greece compared to what we saw in Clash of The Titans. The Gods are not sparkling like they did in that film. All of the Gods are gone except for Zeus, Neptune, Hades and Ares-And Hades wants to wake up Cronus, in order to get a few more years of "immortality."
And so Zeus once more asks Perseus to help him. But Perseus still won't have much to do with his forlorn Father. Sam Worthington reprises his role of Perseus and tackles it much the same as in "Clash."
This is a Zeus who has lost everything, all he has left is Perseus. In a last ditch attempt on patching things up, Zeus and Neptune (Danny Houston) along with Ares (Edgar Ramírez) visit Hades (Ralph Fiennes) in Tartarus- Where Hades promptly injures Neptune and Kidnaps and Enslaves Zeus.
It is only after two-headed devil dogs from Hell attack Perseus' Village and endanger his son that he decides to take Ol' Pegasus up to the mountain where Gods are Worshipped, but he's too late. Neptune shows up, gives him his Trident and a name: Agenor (Toby Kebbel) who is his son and has to be found in order to find Hephaestus (Bill Nighy).
But Agenor is in Andromedas' jail. Andromeda has magically changed from Alexa Davalos to Rosamund Pike, but I could give two poops about that, both were good in the role. In fact, Andromeda has her whole army out in front of the mountain where Tartarus is. She elects to go with Perseus and Agenor to find the Missing God.
What ensues is almost the Spaghetti-Western version of a Greek God story, and there are some very cool things, Cyclopses, Minotaurs, even the great Labyrinth into Tartarus Itself. The Titan Cronus is lodged into the side of a mountain, draining Zeus' power in order to get loose so he can destroy the world.
This film, not being "pretty" like Clash was, depends more on the 'Fathers and Sons' meat of the tale, Perseus is a son of Zeus, who has a son Helius, Agenor is son of Neptune, and Ares is Perseus' Brother. The Journey to Tartarus and the Battle with Cronus is a family affair for Perseus, and he must needs ride Pegasus once more into the gaping maw of potential death.
And as this movie showed a world that was mostly collapsing dirt, volcanoes, and gods turning into Dust, the CGI aspects were rendered that way. What surprised me is how much I liked this compared to the first one, which I did like a lot. But as that movie was akin to a far away fantasy, this movie shows how it would look if Titans and Gods indeed battled on the face of the Earth.
Most satisfying was the interactions between Liam Neeson (Zeus) and Ray Fiennes (Hades) - A relationship so much like our relationships with our own brothers.
As this film had basically a "crash and burn" ending, I suppose there will be no more movies in this Milieu. So I say Farewell to this short Franchise, it lived well, and it died well.
What an excellent ending sequel to a great movie (sorry trolls of the
but this movie is, put it plain simply, GREAT, Liam Neeson as Zeus, beautiful character, one could easily "taste" the feelings and the deep touch Liam places upon his character, more, giving a taste to "Perseus" of what would it happen in the future if he just simply "walks away" from his responsibilities, going deep, this film is all about character, bravery, peer relationship and family ties, this film has it all, a must watch if you ask me. To the trolls on the net, please accept a good piece of work when you see one and cherish the good work, of course, I kindly ask you to do otherwise with a film that deserves a poor raking.
Sure it's rather more visually spectacular than Clash of the Titans,
and Sam Worthington's performance feels less monotonous, but Wrath of
the Titans is a step down in all other categories, and it has the
potential to provoke headache.
It seems like the producers have misinterpreted what it was that made the critically panned Clash of the Titans so 'troubled' (to put it mildly). Subsequently, the bulk of its mistakes have not been corrected here, in fact some of them have gotten worse. If Clash of the Titans seemed dumb, you might find the sheer absurdity of this sequel, with its hokey applications of Greek mythology, to be almost unholy.
Worthington was one of the worst things about Clash of the Titans. Arguably one of the most lifeless performances of that year, he has since grown a bit as an actor (a bit). For his second time as Perseus, there seems to be a little bit more merit in him, although the character remains pretty paper thin. Once again, Perseus has little to do but run, ride Pegasus and fight. I have a feeling that we see more of Worthington's stunt man in the movie than we do of Worthington himself.
Director Jonahan Liebesman keeps the audience in their seat by ramping up the spectacle, and to some degree, his efforts are impressive. There are times when Wrath of the Titans looks as daunting and mesmerizing as anything in the fantasy genre, but unfortunately it's also very noisy.
After an expository first fifteen minutes, Wrath of the Titans turns into an over rushed parade of loud action sequences, accompanied by titanic clouds of dust, painfully cheesy dialogue (with lines like "let's have some fun") and confused character motivation.
Yes, there will be people out there who will be entertained by the relentlessness of Wrath of the Titans, but it was too much noise for me.
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I have always been a big fan of the mythology movies. I grew up with
Jason & The Argonauts and all the Sinbad entries with. Here is where I
compare this latest Clash Entries with those movies. One one the
particularly comes to mind is Sinbad & The Eye Of The Tiger. I get a
strange sensation that Wrath.. got half of it's idea from the movie.
Especially with it's monsters. Granted they were presented ion
different fashion ,but basically the same ones. "Wrath" features the
Cyclops on Chaos Island. "Eye Of The Tiger" features on Troglodytes;
who resemble Cyclops in every way, except the one- eye feature, but one
also decides to journey with Sinad and his crew to the Magic temple of
sorts. here Our hero, Sinbad, encounters a towering golden mechanical
Minataur called;aptly, Minoton. This is much like the Minotaur monster
Persius encounters in the labyrinth. That in fact is actually part of
the Thesus mythology tale; not Persius. Anway I see a lot of
resemblances to that particular Sinbad entry throughout the Wrath
sequel. Another movie , which I think inspires some ideas for Wrath is
the 2011 firm "Inmortals". Not a particularly great film, but the comic
resemblances are very obvious. Take for instance Micky Rourk's; King
Hyperion character. Now try to follow me here. Micky Rourk starred in
the Keira Knightly film; "Domino" and now he has a pert in a mythology
film and he plays the villain. Another actor from "Domino" is Edgar
Ramirez, who now plays Ares in the new Wrath film. Coincedene?
Furthermore the plot of "Inmortals" actually revolves around the real
story of Thesus and the Minotaur. I don't ,but when I pinpoint little
things like these ; it just makes "Wrath" all the more silly. BTW, you
also have fallen GODs in WRath, just like Inmortals. Asiad from one
episode of Xena Warriour princess; I have never seen GODS die; now it
seems they are falling like flies in every movie.
My final comparison of "Wrath" to "Inmortals" would be the scene in "Inmortals" where Zeus slays Ares for defying his command. It's almost as if Ares comes back to life in "Wrath" and takes his revenge in Zeus for killing him off in "Inmortals". Add to the fact that It's also an all out war between GODS and Titans in "Inmortals" and you basically have the same premise for "Wrath" except with a much juicer budget.
I like "Wrath", but feel a bit ripped of story wise after having watched "Inmortals"
Just a few things I did enjoy were the monsters. CGI or not , they were pretty fierce looking. I only wish they had milked the Minotaur-Persues fight a bit longer. I've yet to see a really spectacular fight scene with a demi-GOD and Minotaur.
As far as acting goes; the actors did a great job. The GODs; Neeson,Fiennes, and Nighy all had the right feel for their parts, but the mortals left much to be desired. . I still think Worthington isn't worthy of the Persius role and Rosamund Pike was really out of place. The rest were just extras: Even Kebell; who plays Posidon's long lost son, is misplayed, because his importance just fizzles out halfway through the film.
Anyway, I would recommend the movie to die hard mythology buffs to come up with their own conclusions. A one time watch wouldn't hurt, but somehow, all these CGI effects don't come up against the older stop motion techniques. Not without a good strong storyline and these new entries fail miserably in the story lines.
7 stars for action and cgi monsters, but only 3 stars for the way the story is executed.
The old gods, Zeus and Hades find their powers and influence waning as
mortals cease their prayers, and in a desperate act Hades opens the
Underworld prison of Tartarus, freeing the titans and their ancient
father Kronos. Now every immortal and demigod must choose a side, and
Perseus must fight for the mortal life he chose. All this talk of
titans being released might remind you of last years Immortals, and
there are plenty of similarities (except for Mikey Rourke in a silly
hat) only Wrath feels slightly more in keeping with the mythology.
Slightly. I was a little saddened how the titans themselves were still
underdeveloped or non-existent, the promotional images for Wrath
suggested more diversity between them, yet most focus was given to the
colossal Kronos battle. Cinematography used that irritating shaky
camera once more, making the Minotaur fight a particularly lukewarm
experience! The story's surprise focus on Perseus' brother Ares, yes,
the God of War, was gratifying and hammered home (no pun intended) the
concept of mortal prayers empowering and weakening certain gods. It
almost felt like there was underlying subtext at this point!
I could have used twenty minutes more though, to solidify some of the characters further and make it less like one long action sequence. Watching it beside Clash of the Titans might improve this however.
One other thing changed along with the hair of our beloved demigod,
Perseus, and that is the composer. Clash of the Titans had a godly
soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi, but Wrath, instead of the heavenly horns
and "vunderful" violins of the Olympus, utilized the gruesome guitars
and killer keyboards of the Tartarus, making a barely bearable
background noise for the fight scenes. A film score needs to stand on
its own! It's awesome if it can support the scenes in the film, that's
what the primary function is, but if no-one wants to listen to it after
watching the movie, then it's no good. Just take Star Wars for example.
Clash had a great track by Ramin Djawadi. It had everything: heroic themes, suspense, action and emotions. The filmmakers should've just re-used the score of the first film, if not re- hiring Djawadi. I even found myself playing the old soundtrack in my head over the constant pumping of the beat and it would've worked so much better. Anyway, the movie was fun. Nothing much, entertaining, action packed and a great spectacle. The story and the script weren't very strong, though I didn't expect them to be any good. I saw Clash of the Titans, ya know.
The best thing in Wrath of the Titans didn't last long. I'm talking about Bill Nighy. Him as Hephaistos and the way he performed his role was a delight. Nighy is one amazing actor, godly in every bit (especially in this particular picture), with his entertaining acting and that distinctive way of speech. It was just kinda sad he didn't have bigger role in this movie.
I might be one in a million, but I liked Clash too and I gotta say, in some aspects, Wrath was even better. I don't say that these movies are anything extraordinary, because they're not, but they offer some good entertainment.
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As good as the original..
The film though, is far from being a great!
It keeps a good pace with impressive scenes, like the Maze and waiting in the forest for the enemy.
Liam is as powerful as his character and performance as usual.
Voldemort is back to his sinister best..
Our Aussie (well, British born) plays the lead as he should..
My only complaint yet again is only "1" Titan appears like the first movie. They really need to drop the letter "s" in the films.
But still go see it.. I saw in 2D (don't 3D it!)
Wrath of the Titans continues with the adventures of Demigod & son of
Zeus(Liam Neeson), Perseus(Sam Worthington). Following the events of
the first movie, Perseus wants to live the quiet & carefree life of a
fisherman along with his son. However, Zeus warns him that his brother
Hades(Ralph Fiennes), wants to unleash the ancient Titans upon the
world. After Zeus is dragged into the underworld by Hades & a traitor
it's Perseus' job to save his father & stop the terror of the
treacherous Titans. This is the summary of the movie.
A note on the story & the 3D effects. A humongous improvement for the better from Clash of the Titans(2010). You can actually feel the 3D in this one when all the mythical creatures(Cyclops & the likes) come menacingly close to you. The first one though was poorly converted to the 3D format. It was 3D just for the sake of being 3D. Not the case with this one though. Kudos! A note on the performances. Sam Worthington is impressive as Perseus. Liam Neeson & Ralph Fiennes are both brilliant as Zeus & Hades respectively. Edgar Ramirez is menacingly good as Ares. Toby Kebbell as Agenor, Rosamund Pike as Andromeda & Bill Nighy as Hephaestus are effective as well. So, I would like to conclude by saying Wrath of the Titans is worth your time & money. Go for it, in 3D! Yup, I said it.
PS- I'd recommend that you watch the Clash of the Titans(2010) before you watch this.
When making trilogy movie is in fashion, this part II looks just
another ordinary one. It is certain that CG has been a lot improved
compared with part I, but the narrative is a lot like a cliché, which
is seeing how Perseus could beat the insurmountable opponents. The
father of the three gods, is a head of monster. Zeus , Poseidon, and
Hides fought against their father. What a brilliant idea! That is why
myth is attractive.
The movie "Wrath of the Titan" is following the fundamental equation of Greek myth loyally. Overall, this part II movie is a good time-killing, well-made blockbuster.
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