Wrath of The Titans: Movie Review

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Sam Worthington, Bill Nighy , Rosamund Pike, Danny Huston, Toby Kebbell, Lily James, Reg Wayment, Matt Milne, Alex Claus, Edgar Ramirez

Synopsis: Dangerously weakened by humanity`s lack of devotion, the Gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus, who`s leading a quieter life as a fisherman and a sole parent to his 10 year old son, cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus` godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramrez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus.

Review: Jonathan Liebesman was the envy of most directors in Hollywood. This was as soon as word broke out about him directing the Titans franchise’s latest ‘Wrath of the Titans’. Not because it’s a very sought after franchise but simply because 2010’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ was so utterly abominable. The envious task of the director was to simply not screw up the sequel. Unlike in most franchises, there was no hype setup by the preceding movie to live up to. Keeping that in mind, Mr. Liebesman succeeds tremendously. He manages to surpass all the expectations one had from the franchise. It’s actually a pretty mediocre film. Amusing how that’s actually a relief in this context. 

The plot commences about a decade after the events of "Clash of the Titans". Perseus is now a single dad and is ashamed of his humanity. A complete contradiction to his character in the prequel. His father Zeus is a weakened God and entrusts his better son with the task of saving the world. A world that’s poised to be ravaged under the wrath of his half brother, Ares and his uncle Hades. What follows is a flurry of hell visits, ticked off one-eyed giants and stereotypical good vs. evil. By the end of it you’re left with a feeling of indifference, almost making you want to turn into an atheist.

The pacing of the film is rather rushed. There are times where you literally feel like you’re watching it in 2x fast forward. However, that’s bound to happen when you have a runtime of a measly 100 minutes. Needless to say, there is little time spent on the establishment of most characters. Poseidon’s son ‘Agenor’ was one of the more colourful elements in the otherwise dry line-up of protagonists and antagonists of Wrath. However, I’ll also admit that Hades character is given an interesting twist and is especially fun to watch for those that have seen the prequel. The bond between Zeus and Hades is further intensified for better or worse. 

One of the many problems with this Warner Brothers’ venture is that it’s not adventurous. That would be forgiven if this wasn’t actually an Adventure genre film. It just fails to strike a chord. Make no mistake about it, I have immense respect for the hard work that goes into making a film of such epic proportions. However, "Wrath of the Titans" is a textbook example of how a film can go bust purely based on shabby storylines. A huge budget and stellar special effects can only take a film that far. The 3D effects are commendable and there are a few jaw dropping scenes that come into spectacular effect with the digital enhancement of 3D (Watch out for the scene when Perseus rides into Kronos’ head with his flying horse). The entire movie seems to just show off special effects but it’s disappointing to see them set these up against such a dull premise. The paternal bonding and sibling rivalries amongst Gods isn’t something I’d personally be interested in.

Most of the performances get overshadowed thanks to the bizzare premises where the actors are made to enunciate. The dialogues are either too shrill or too soft. Sam Worthington as Perseus is good. He puts in an ernest effort to save this franchise. Liam Neeson as Zeus is brilliant as he’s been through most of his stellar career. Ralph Fiennes as Hades is alright. Edgar Ramirez plays the menacing role of the antagonist Ares fairly well. Rosamund Pike is the only female character in a male dominant setting and succeeds marginally in making her presence felt as Princess Andromeda.  Toby Kebbell has always been one of my favorite actors since RocknRolla. His colorful portrayal of  Agenor manages to keep you in splits in some parts, however, he isn’t given enough screen time to show off his abilities.

Verdict: ‘Clash of The Titans’ was one of the most memorable examples of a remake gone wrong. Similarly, ‘Wrath of the Titans’ is probably the most atrocious attempts at a sequel. It’s loud and lamentable. Mediocre, at best. I’d recommend it to you. But only because it’s April Fool’s weekend.
Jackie J. Thakkar

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