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Review: Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans
Mar. 29, 2012by:
5 10

PLOT: Years after his adventures in CLASH OF THE TITANS, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is once again pressed into battle, with him being forced to rescue his father- the God Zeus (Liam Neeson) who's been imprisoned by his rogue son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) the God of War, and his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes)- God of the underworld. He teams up with Poseidon's half-human son, Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) to save Zeus before an even more powerful, evil force can be released.

REVIEW: A lot of people rolled their eyes when it was announced that the CLASH OF THE TITANS reboot would be getting a sequel. Given that the last instalment made half a billion dollars worldwide, it probably shouldn't have taken anyone by surprise. Given the last film's tepid reception from fans, WRATH OF THE TITANS has been given an overhaul, with a new director, Jonathan Liebesman (BATTLE: LOS ANGELES), at the helm.


So how is WRATH? Well, I think it'll please the audience it was designed for. It's an action-heavy ride, loaded with eye candy. The CGI is good, the 3D is more than decent (it helps that this wasn't a post-conversion), and the production values are high. But, like the first film, dramatically it's inert. After a while, the action got to be numbing, and while I wouldn't say it was a film I had any major dislike for, it wasn't enough to really get me going.

Essentially, it's the first film all over again, but a little more streamlined. At ninety-nine minutes (with credits) WRATH jumps right into the action, with the premise being set within minutes. Sam Worthington is once again a game Perseus, with him seemingly at ease- especially being able to use his natural Australian accent. He gets more of a chance to show off his physicality in the part, thanks to a few decent scraps with Edgar Ramirez, as his villainous half brother. Ramirez for his part kind of phones it in- not that he had much to work with, with the script being of the connect the dots variety. Too bad though, as CARLOS proved Ramirez is a major talent.


Toby Kebbell, as the requisite sidekick lightens things up a bit. Kebbell, who I've liked ever since ROCK-N-ROLLA, is always interesting to watch, and he's fun in his part- as Poseidon's neglected offspring. The gorgeous Rosamund Pike replaces Alexa Davalos as Andromeda, with her character having been reinvented as a warrior queen. This isn't the only thing that's different, with baddie Ralph Fiennes adopting a much lower-key persona as Hades, and Pegasus the horse, now being black as opposed to white ( *correction, Pegasus WAS black in the last film. I was mistaken. He was white in the '81 version ). Perhaps this is a reflection on the darker tone- with WRATH being more of a rock-em-sock-em type flick than the first film- with at times seemed to adopt a deliberately cheesy approach. Of course, Liam Neeson is back as Zeus, but like the first film, his screen time is limited, so don't expect too much.

If you happened to like the other film, or you generally tend to go for these types of films, you'll probably enjoy WRATH and for what it is, it's not bad. However, it's empty spectacle, and it's the type of film that goes in one ear and comes out the other. It's the kind of film you'll be mildly amused by, but it's also a bit boring with the action scenes being repetitive, and absolutely nothing outside of the ordinary being added to the genre. It's OK, but not more than that.

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4:38AM on 03/29/2012
Pegasus was black in the last movie. Im still going to see this. It looks and now sounds like a perfect popcorn movie.
Pegasus was black in the last movie. Im still going to see this. It looks and now sounds like a perfect popcorn movie.
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7:36AM on 03/29/2012

I will wait for...

The Wrath of Ron Burgundy !
The Wrath of Ron Burgundy !
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10:03AM on 03/29/2012
I keep saying it, I like appreciate Chris's opinions of the films he enjoys, mostly arthouse or independent films, but popcorn films like this are best left to Jimmy O to review since he seems to enjoy them.
I keep saying it, I like appreciate Chris's opinions of the films he enjoys, mostly arthouse or independent films, but popcorn films like this are best left to Jimmy O to review since he seems to enjoy them.
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1:30PM on 03/29/2012
I have nothing against popcorn movies man. I gave 21 JUMP STREET & UNGER GAMES raves. And THE RAID! Fuckin' loved THE RAID yo! Just as long as they're well made. WRATH isn't horrible, but it's pretty meh.
I have nothing against popcorn movies man. I gave 21 JUMP STREET & UNGER GAMES raves. And THE RAID! Fuckin' loved THE RAID yo! Just as long as they're well made. WRATH isn't horrible, but it's pretty meh.
12:37AM on 03/30/2012
What I mean is you don't have a forgiving side for cheese and it takes that in order to appreciate films like this.

You always come off as more film critic and less fanboy and that only serves in certain situations.

If this was the Piano, I'd trust your opinion on it, if it's spiderman, I'd go with Jimmy's.

Not saying you don't have some fan in ya or that you're bad in any way, but I've been through the JoBlo review catalog and other than a few particular flicks, you're rough on
What I mean is you don't have a forgiving side for cheese and it takes that in order to appreciate films like this.

You always come off as more film critic and less fanboy and that only serves in certain situations.

If this was the Piano, I'd trust your opinion on it, if it's spiderman, I'd go with Jimmy's.

Not saying you don't have some fan in ya or that you're bad in any way, but I've been through the JoBlo review catalog and other than a few particular flicks, you're rough on the non-classy stuff.
7:55AM on 03/29/2012
I think you got confused about Pegasus there Chris...it was black in the first movie BUT in 1981's Clash of the Titans it was white if I'm not mistaken.
I'll be seeing this on friday, it looks and sounds fun...nothing more, nothing less.
I think you got confused about Pegasus there Chris...it was black in the first movie BUT in 1981's Clash of the Titans it was white if I'm not mistaken.
I'll be seeing this on friday, it looks and sounds fun...nothing more, nothing less.
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1:28PM on 03/29/2012
Yup- you're right. Thanks man!
Yup- you're right. Thanks man!
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7:17AM on 03/29/2012
I didn't hate the first one...but didn't like it either. That it did so well...probably had more to do with the parents who remembered the 80's version fondly taking their kids to see the new version.
I didn't hate the first one...but didn't like it either. That it did so well...probably had more to do with the parents who remembered the 80's version fondly taking their kids to see the new version.
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1:00PM on 03/29/2012

looks good, can't wait

but like some of the others I don't really trust Bumbray when it comes to these types of flicks as I often disagree with him. To each their own though, hope the movie's good!
but like some of the others I don't really trust Bumbray when it comes to these types of flicks as I often disagree with him. To each their own though, hope the movie's good!
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5:40PM on 03/29/2012
I think the review is pretty spot on with "empty spectacle". The characters are even more hollow than in the first one, Rosamund Pike barely has anything to do. There is never any real sense of danger and Sam Warrington is sleepwalking trough all the action.
I think the review is pretty spot on with "empty spectacle". The characters are even more hollow than in the first one, Rosamund Pike barely has anything to do. There is never any real sense of danger and Sam Warrington is sleepwalking trough all the action.
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4:03AM on 04/02/2012
Agreed. While I thought the first one was alright for a fun and silly adventure, making this one 90% action with minimal story really didn't help it. Here's my full review:

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Agreed. While I thought the first one was alright for a fun and silly adventure, making this one 90% action with minimal story really didn't help it. Here's my full review:

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5:21AM on 03/29/2012
Saw it tonight at a pre-screening and I was pretty bored. Some of the special effects are nice, but the action is generic and the exposition is too long and boring. The story had 0 appeal, about as basic as a film like this can get, and Sam Worthington was the most dull action hero I've seen in a long time. Somehow, they managed to make him more uninteresting here than he was in the first film. However, that said, there was more Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes and the climax was a nice, long
Saw it tonight at a pre-screening and I was pretty bored. Some of the special effects are nice, but the action is generic and the exposition is too long and boring. The story had 0 appeal, about as basic as a film like this can get, and Sam Worthington was the most dull action hero I've seen in a long time. Somehow, they managed to make him more uninteresting here than he was in the first film. However, that said, there was more Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes and the climax was a nice, long piece of decent action. Overall though, I think a 5 is pretty generous. I'd say this was about a 3 for me.
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7:17AM on 03/30/2012

Terible

I thought it was even worse than the first. It tries to be all gritty instead of fun, there's so many shaky cam you can't see any of the action.

Alsothere's really no sense of what's at stake (saving the city and the princess from the Kraken in the first movie). Here they're fighting on a field of rocks
I thought it was even worse than the first. It tries to be all gritty instead of fun, there's so many shaky cam you can't see any of the action.

Alsothere's really no sense of what's at stake (saving the city and the princess from the Kraken in the first movie). Here they're fighting on a field of rocks
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2:32PM on 03/29/2012
"the action got to be numbing"

That's exactly what I disliked about the first one. But I know my friends are going to want me to go with them to see it, so I'll make my mind up then.
"the action got to be numbing"

That's exactly what I disliked about the first one. But I know my friends are going to want me to go with them to see it, so I'll make my mind up then.
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7:49AM on 03/29/2012

I had hopes..

....but the director fucking sucks.
....but the director fucking sucks.
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