Friday, 29 June 2012

Film Review: Wrath Of The Titans

Certificate: 12A (intense sequences of fantasy violence and action)
Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbel, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huson, John Bell
Budget: $150 million
Runtime: 99 minutes
Trailer: Watch

Ten years after Perseus (Worthington) defeated the Kraken he must now join forces with Queen Andromeda (Pike) and Poseidon's son Agenor (Kebbel) to save the world by stopping Hades (Fiennes) and Ares (Ramírez) from using Zeus' (Neeson) powers to 'release the Kronos' inhabiting the prison of Tartarus.

So, an excuse for a bunch of epic action spectacles then. Given how bad Clash of the Titans was a sequel was totally uncalled for. Well, about as uncalled for as a sequel can be when its predecessor pulled in over $300million. But here it is, the Australian-sounding demigod returning in all his glory, replete with squabbling bearded Olympians back once again to bastardise Greek mythology.

Wrath of the Titans doesn't ask much, pretty much just CGI goodness bound together by a flimsy screenplay which only exists to shift us from action piece A to action piece B. Sure, given the first expectations for a decent narrative might have been low, but it seems a bit of a waste given how much talent has been cast here. At least it's honest, never pretending to offer anything other than to gorge on special effects. But if all that's left is a spectacle then what is the purpose of such? Well, ostensibly a fun romp which provides an exhilarating ride for its audience. Wrath scantly provides this either, featuring little more than a series of interchangeable action sequences.

Indeed, this wilfully dodges any semblance of character development, less it threaten to derail the rest of the film by making it even vaguely interesting. Worthington's Perseus is as dull a hero you'll ever see while Pike's gumptious Queen Andromeda feels very old hat. Kebbel's Agenor, there for comic relief, merely photobombs in the background. Although to say it is completely void of narrative might not be completely true; there is a common theme of Daddy issues going on as we're treated to about as many groan-inducing father-son rivalry scenes as action set-pieces. Meanwhile gods scarcely act like gods, more akin to petulant children with super powers throwing temper tantrums about how humans aren't paying attention to them anymore.

Positives? Well, the visual effects are much better than Clash of the Titans. But Wrath is robotic in its quest to push its exhilarating tropes, posing as a roller coaster which in actuality more resembles the linear, unexciting journey of a monorail.


Damon said...

Well the story line sounds bad enough as it is. It’s a shame that the only good thing about the movie is the graphics. I’ve actually heard it from a few friends and Dish coworkers who’ve seen the movie. On the other hand, I’ve read many mixed reviews about the movie from people who did like it. I would like to form an opinion on my own, so I am going to add the Blu-Ray to my Blockbuster @Home queue to have it mailed. I will have a small idea as to what to expect from the movie, so thanks for the heads up!