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Wrath Of The Titans—movie review

Wrath Of The Titans—movie review

I remember feeling a certain amount of wrath over the ham-handed 3-D effects in 2010’s Clash of the Titans, but the film itself wasn’t bad: uneven, to be sure, but strengthened by adhering to the story template of the 1981 movie of the same name, written by Beverley Cross. If I were 12 years old I would have loved it.

I tried to summon my inner 12-year-old for this sequel, but even kids might object to the subversion of Greek mythology presented here…starting with the premise that the Gods of Olympus are losing their powers. That’s why Zeus (played again by Liam Neeson) asks his half-human son Perseus (Sam Worthington) for his help to keep the dark forces from taking over. Those forces are represented by Hades (a returning Ralph Fiennes) and his nasty son Ares (Édgar Ramírez), not to mention Kronos, the father of Zeus and Hades.

Perseus is trying to live a quiet life as a fisherman and raise his son Helius in peace, but he eventually realizes that he has no choice in the matter. His allies include the warrior queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and what passes for a comic-relief character, Agenor (Toby Kebbell). But the script, by Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson (from a story they conceived with Greg Berlanti) draws these characters so superficially they don’t make any impression on us. Goodness knows, Wrath of the Titans could use some relief from its grim-faced gravitas now and then. After all, this is a movie about heroes battling monsters.

The problem with a film that uses CGI as a substitute for good writing is that virtually every picture that comes along nowadays has impressive visual effects; this has leveled the playing field, to say the least. (The same is true for this movie’s unremarkable use of 3-D.) Director Jonathan Liebesman can only do so much with the script he was given, and the same is true of the talented actors. Without full-blooded characters to drive the story, Wrath of the Titans is just a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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Severely entertained by this and glad it gives us something of a general good verses evil battle where Greek myths abound.

The Wyz

Leonard Maltin is one of the few professional movie reviewers I really respect but for a slightly different take on Wrath of the Titans, please check out my review at :o)


Barney, where have you been? From your description, you must be thinking of Gene Shalit. Leonard has always been more down to earth!


Found this site through a link from better site… wow, didn't know this guy was still alive and "reviewing" movies. Tough gig. Didn't he used to have a crazy afro and a bushy mustache?


Wow, Leonard needs a hug…I probably would agree with him, but I don't want to spend more jing on another poorly made film…Although, if it were robots…well..
Rewrite: Wolves are attacking the Gods in order to obtain their powers they must eat them..The title" The Zeus & The Grey,"…I like it…Instead,
I think I'll watch the 1958"Attack of the 50 ft. Woman." More substance, less special fx…

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