Movie Review: Wrath Of The Titans
Prinz Lee wrote this review 4 years and 11 months ago
Despite a great cast, a handful of cool scenes and/or effects… this ferocious, family feud still suffers!
Greek Mythology: A premise cool enough to have secured MANY narrative pieces, yet, only some can stand firm and claim immortality like the very Gods they rave about. Clash of the Titans was one that lured many back in the day and damn - I recall as a kid watching it over and over and over, and as an adult - looking forward to its remake back in 2010. The world of make-believe has no limits, however, considering an era of enhanced effects, and dare I say a bit more charismatic actors, it's a hit or miss! The Titans have potential, but there's something that's just not clicking!
Whether reliant on big names or raping our optic-nerves with more overrated 3D, Wrath of the Titans has its moments. Visually it didn't HAVE TO BE 3D, but there were moments where I found myself enjoying scenes which were pretty intense, loud and kept the film's momentum going, however, it loses steam. A lot of the steam was due to the script – much of the story was easy enough to follow (like Clash), but nothing uniquely nourishing to touch [my] mind, body and soul!
The story takes off right where it left -- A decade after a heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) - son of Zeus (Neeson) - is trying to live a humble life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius (Bell).
Amidst a simpler life, there’s an underground struggle for supremacy raging between the Gods and the Titans. 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 (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Huston).
The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the deepest of hell known as Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' Godly son, Ares (Ramirez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining Godly powers are slowly sucked out, and hell is unleashed on earth.
Acquiring the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Pike), Poseidon's demigod son, Agenor (Kebbell), and fallen God Hephaestus (Nighy), Perseus bravely sets on an unsure quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
It always hurts to see some of my favorite actors in films that just don’t carry the same level of strength it’s meant to considering budget, promotion and overall swag. With a much tighter script, the approach could have been powerful and maybe even have had this film stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the biggies set to open later this year. It’s a piece which can be watched and enjoyed to a certain degree, but not engaging! There’s no way I can ever say this is cinematic magic.
There’s a tease for a third (3rd) – I may be off – so if that’s the direction they’re truly going in, I can’t really even begin to imagine where’d they take it seeing as both films have been lingering on threads of hope and minority support!
Overall, with the exception of valuable pockets of scenes pertaining to talent – especially another dark, deep performance and/or role by Edgar Ramirez, Wrath is a film that’ll probably be forgotten before summer 2012 begins!