Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wrath of the Titans - Movie Review

Thanks to the unbelievable success of "Avatar", which came out in December of 2009 and crushed box office records, the "Clash of the Titans" remake that was set to be released just a couple months later was rushed through a 3D post conversion so the movie studio could capitalize on the sudden popularity of the technology.

When the movie was released in early 2010, it opened to huge success, but audiences quickly turned on it due to a really bad 3D transfer that gave people headaches more than it wow'd them. For "Wrath of the Titans" to succeed, this problem would have to be eliminated.

Aside from the 3D disaster, "Clash of the Titans" was a special effects showcase that was heavy on action, but light on story. With that formula still firmly in place, the sequel actually compares favorably with some amazing special effects work, a decent story that gets you from point A to point B without too much trouble, and a 3D conversion that is about as clean and effective as it could be.

The story still revolves around Perseus (Sam Worthington), the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), as he struggles to come to terms with the fact that he is half mortal man and half god. Now with a son of his own, he looks to live as much of a normal life as he can while ignoring his true destiny.

Of course, his father throws all that out the window when he pays him a visit to explain how the Titans that have been held captive centuries will soon be free of their prison thanks to the Gods' fading powers and it will be up to Perseus alone to save everyone from certain destruction.

Thus begins another epic tale featuring Gods, men, and creatures of all shapes and sizes and it seems like just about all of them are looking to stop Perseus from saving the day although he proves to be more than up to the challenge no matter what is put in front of him. Even fire breathing chimeras and a really pissed of minotaur are no match for the demigod as he slays just about everything in his path.

Having such fine actors as Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Danny Huston on board playing the gods Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon respectively, doesn't really do a whole lot to enhance the dramatic nature of the story although they also don't embarrass themselves in their roles either. Bill Nye does give a great performance as the god Hephaestus who was originally responsible for building the Titans' prison and is called upon by Perseus to help him get inside.

Sam Worthington, despite being in some of the most successful movies of the last few years, just can't seem to get over the top and establish himself as a big time movie star yet he does manage to turn in another solid performance as Perseus. At his side this time around are Rosamund Pike as Queen Andromeda and Toby Kebbell as Agenor who is the son of Poseidon and also half man, half god.

Director Louis Leterrier does a great job in accomplishing the task of putting as much awesome stuff on to the screen as he possibly can. There is a constant barrage of jaw dropping moments from beginning to end and, this time around, the 3D effect actually enhances the experience as opposed to ruining it like the first film. I highly recommend that you see this movie in the theater and in 3D so you can experience the amazing visuals in all their intended big screen glory.

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