Wrath of the Titans

This second instalment (of how many I am not sure) has our hero Perseus, following in his human step-father’s footsteps, teaching his son the ways of the world, namely fishing and getting on with village life. All’s well until Perseus gets a visit/vision form his father warning him that all hell is about to break lose (literally). Our hero wants none of it, he’s busy bringing up son, but he’s soon going to feel The Wrath of The Titans

That is until the chimera attack his home village targeting him and more specially his son. Zeus (Liam Neeson, The Grey, 2011), together with his brother; Poseidon (Danny Huston, Edge of Darkness, 2010) and son Ares (Édgar Ramírez, Ché: Part One, 2008) are brought to the underworld by their brother Hades (Ralph Feinnes, Coriolanus, 2011), under the pretense of protecting the world from Kronos who is close to escaping Posiedon manages to escape the trap while Zeus, betrayed by his son Ares who sides with Hades and Kronos is help captive.

Poseidon escapes and makes his way to Persius who is told that the best hope he has is to find another demigod, Poseidon’s son Agenor (Toby Kebell, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, 2010) a less than heroic hero in the classical sense. Following words from a dying Poseidon, he makes his way to Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike; Made in Dagenham, 2010) who happens to have Agenor in her prison for theft. Freed, the three heroes go searching for the “fallen one”, Hephaestus played by Bill Nighy (Valkyrie, 2008), himself a God, cast down for originally helping Hades in his revolt (he created the tridents, spears and weapons of the gods) who can lead them in to the underworld. There are few moments of genuine humour in the movie and most of those are presented by Nighy who gives a refreshing performance through his character.

Off the team go to fight through the labyrinth of the underworld to rescue Zeus, and then back to the surface to defeat Kronos and his armies of hell.   Overall  Wrath is a better film than Clash but that’s because Clash wash a low bar to improve on.  The main issue I had with Wrath was that there was no characterisation and it felt that we were being led through a check list of Greek myths as they tried to get as many as possible in to one movie. The plot in Clash is less crowded with one main plot and linked sub-plots. The story still feels rushed with no time for characterisation but not as badly as the first movie.  The Zeus-Hades subplot helps to build the characters a little at least.

The Action sequences are improved with some of the open field battles working quite well, that said the sequence in the Labyrinth with the minator was almost claustrophobic. Sam Worthington is one of those actors I have not quite mad up my mind on.  I almost prefer him in roles like Texas Killing Fields (2011), he is still a bit wooden here but it is an improvement.  If there is a third will I go see it? Yes.  Wrath is an improvement on the first.  Of course changing director with Jonathan  Liebesman, (Battle Los Angeles, 2011) replacing Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, 2002) would have had some impact, but not  much.

Overall it could have taken time to work on character development more and tried to fit perhaps a little less in.

Rating 5.5/10, will pass a wet afternoon.

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