Film review: Wrath of the TitansBy Jon Nurse
April 12, 2012
Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy
As a 21st century answer to cinema’s sword-and-sandal epics of yesteryear, Clash of the Titans was greeted with a lukewarm reaction from critics and audiences.
Two years later the sequel has been scripted, filmed, edited and hurried on to the silver screen.
Sam Worthington’s Perseus longs for a simple fishing life with his son after defeating the monstrous Kraken at the close of the last film.
But trouble looms as his father Zeus is captured by evil brother Hades and smouldering son Ares, setting off a chain of events that will unleash deadly titans upon the earth. Cue the CGI monsters and some colossal explosions.
If Clash was your thing, Wrath of the Titans will take you on a ride all over again.
It’s heavy on action, as fans would want, but light on story. The plot is a simple string to pull you from one battle to the next, a string so thin in places that at times the adventure almost ceases to make sense.
Wrath wants to dazzle you with a giant lava monster in eye popping 3D, rather than deal with the intricacies that lead to its unveiling.
With the wafer thin story comes wafer thin characters. The supporting cast, which includes Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes, is bursting with potential but fails to develop.
Neeson’s growing cult following will be disappointed as he spends most of the film tied up, looking forlorn and whining about his regrets. It’s a case of morbid Zeus rather than mighty Zeus.
A decade on from her breakout role as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day, Rosamund Pike fights and flexes as warrior Queen Andromeda. She gives it her best, replacing Alexa Davalos from last time out, but her character offers so little to the narrative that you could lift her out of the running entirely and lose nothing but a nice pair of legs.
As you may expect then, it’s the elaborate action set pieces that steal the show and it’s well worth paying the extra couple of quid to see it in 3D.
Like its predecessor, Wrath has been filmed in 2D and converted into 3D in post-production.
The technical wizards have done a much better job this time though than the clumsy effort that drew so much criticism in Clash.
Wrath of the Titans has all the whizz and bang you’d expect from a big budget blockbuster, but all the feel of a rush job. It takes you along for a fun ride, but could have been so much better.
Will there be a third slapped together in two years to complete the trilogy? Let’s hope not.