Film Review: Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans (2012)
starring Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Liam Neeson,
Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Bill Nighy, and Toby Kebbell

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Synopsis
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus—the demigod son of Zeus—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages 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 and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
I saw Wrath of the Titans on iMax 3D last Saturday (on its opening weekend) and I thought it was pretty good. While it was not a masterpiece (and I didn't expect it to be), it was still a fun, fantasy, Greek mythology based, action flick and I enjoyed watching it. I must say, it was a vast improvement from its predecessor Clash of the Titans (which I've seen late last year, which I thought was an alright film. I didn't dislike/hate it and didn't think it was the worst...just a typical Greek mythology based film. I must admit, I was more interested in watching this sequel all because of Rosamund Pike joining the returning cast as Andromeda, replacing the first actress, Alexa Davalos, who played the same character...not that I dislike her in that role, but she didn't have much screen time in the first movie...Gemma Arterton did as Io, but she wasn't any better either...) as far as its impressive visual 3D effects, fight scenes, a cool winged horse Pegasus (love seeing Perseus flying on it...it would've been nice if Andromeda got to ride it as well...in the online game she was able to ride it), and monsters/titans (ie. cyclops, makhai, chimera, minotaur, and kronos). Also, it had plenty of action, a much better storyline (this time around), awesome visual effects, and more screen time for Liam Neeson's Zeus and Ralph Fiennes' Hades as well as Rosamund Pike's Queen Andromeda.

Sam Worthington did good in his returning character (in the lead, once again) as demigod Perseus (son of Zeus), but his character was rather a bit dull and kinda boring (in my viewing) and not as fun, eye-candy (mind you, he's good looking, but still not handsome enough to tempt me, lol...), and interesting to watch as Henry Cavill's Theseus in Immmortals. He seemed to be more serious in most scenes and needs to lighten-up, lol. Other than that, he was still good, and much better from the first (though I'd prefer his shorter hair in the first movie). Rosamund Pike (the only female leading lady in this film), on the other hand, as warrior Queen Andromeda did great on her part and it was nice to see that she had more screen time (and not a damsel-in distress here) than the first Andromeda character (and actress) in the previous installment. Though it would've been nice to see her doing more action/physical fight scenes (and not always get knocked down or be wasted and out of place on the background in a few battle scenes, while the men, as usual, get more fun action scenes...I know, she's a woman and a Queen, but she's also a warrior and a fighter...at least she still tried and got a few fight scenes to show here...and nice to see her appeared more in this film...and get an unexpected kiss from Perseus at the end...didn't see that coming as there was little attraction and no flirtation between them, but Perseus' cousin Agenor was trying to hook them up, lol). Still, Rosamund (minor issues aside of her Andromeda character) did a great a job on her part, she didn't disappoint me at all. She always seemed to be the highlight (or rather the best part to watch) of the movies she starred/co-starred in whether the movie was great or just so and so. She's a versatile, underrated character actress, in my opinion, that should be in more starring roles or least big co-starring/supporting roles (as she did in this film). Toby Kebbell (interesting, I just remembered he was in Prince of Persia with Jake Gyleenhall and Gemma Arterton...) as demigod Agenor (aka the navigator), son of Poseidon (Danny Huston, who had a small part in this sequel) and cousin of Perseus and Ares, did pretty good in his part. He was the comic-relief in this film as his character Agenor had some funny one-liners, lol. Edgar Ramirez was Ares (god of war) was pretty good as the villain and antagonist to his half-brother Perseus, and his father Zeus. He played the baddie character very well. Bill Nighy as the fallen god, Hephaestus had a small part here (much like Danny Huston's Poseidon). He had those giant one-eyed cyclops terrifying Perseus, Andromeda, and company. He did help Perseus with providing him and his company with the help of his cyclops and the interesting labyrinth he created to get them to the underworld. And Liam Neeson as Zeus (the king of the gods), father of Perseus and Ares along with Ralph Fiennes as Hades  (ruler of the underworld, elder brother of Zeus and Poseidon...and Tartarus was the name of his kingdom) were pretty good in this film as gods, brothers, and frienemies. They had more screen time and a bit more scenes together too than in the previous film.

Overall, I thought Wrath of the Titans, while not exactly one of the best films I've seen recently, was still a very good, fun, entertaining, fast-paced, fantasy, action-adventure film. Great ensemble cast, acting, and cinematography too. It had a fantastic visuals and 3D effects. There were a lot of eye-popping, impressive 3D visual effects (especially the titans and monsters) that had me moving and on the edge of my seat a few times or so. I recommend you see this film, if you haven't yet. Go see it!

My Wrath of the Titans Film Rating: (9.5/10; A)

Comments

Gracie said…
This looks purely epic!! I want to see it

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