Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Sam Worthington, Rosemund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson
Running time: 99 minutes
Wrath Of The Titans should’ve been a slam dunk in terms of action movies. It has all the potential of the swords and sandals canon that slayed box-offices only a few years ago. It has ridiculously well-rendered special effects and a stable of credible vets to fill out the god roles. How is this not the most fun franchise going? Sam Worthington, that’s how.
It’s probably unfair to lump all the blame on his shoulders. But you can imagine that many years from now, the Titans series will be remembered for two different things; setting the benchmark for egregiously horrific post-conversion 3D, and conversations that go something like this, “Hey, remember Sam Worthington, the guy from that movie with the really shitty post-conversion 3D?”
Ten years removed from his defeat of the Kraken, demigod Perseus (Worthington) is living a quiet life as a fisherman, before, you guessed it, the world’s oldest and most powerful dysfunctional family are at it again. When Zeus (Neeson) brings together his brothers to help contain their father, the titan Kronos (there is actually a titan in this one) succumbs to a backstabbing by Hades (Fiennes). How did he not see this coming? With Zeus chained in the impregnable (actually very pregnable) prison of Tartarus, it is left to Perseus to round up a band of merry men and destroy lots of things, ancient Greek style.
A sequel in name but a poorly disguised remake in actuality, Wrath follows all the beats of Clash from it’s early fun onslaught to its laborious road trip and again once concluding with a set piece battle against an enormous CGI beast that’s over far too soon. The action on a whole is improved – Perseus’ God Of War inspired skirmish with a multi-headed Chimera is expertly shot and spews adrenaline – yet the surrounding scenes linking the set pieces are unforgivably bad. The potential for focusing on the sheer barminess of the power yearning and narcissistic gods is passed up for bombing throw-away lines like “you look 10,000 years younger.”
Another sequel is likely, though not yet announced, and events in Wrath suggest things may be different the next time around. We can only hope that a change of characters in front of the camera is met with the same behind it.