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March 30, 2012

Gods and monsters

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 10:31 pm

March 30, 2012

Cast: Sam Worthington, Edgar Ramirez, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Wrath of the Titans has better action set-pieces and uses special effects a little more judiciously than 2010’s campy Clash of the Titans. The film’s plot however, is still a hoot, and exists only to provide some catch-your-breath moments in the middle of all that wall-to-wall action. What this sequel is missing clearly is the cheesy sensibility of the earlier film that made it one of those so-bad-that-it’s-fun experiences.

This new film brings back conflicted demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington), who is living with his son as a simple fisherman. He gets sucked back into an old family feud when his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) is taken captive by his villainous brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Perseus’ own half-brother Ares (Edgar Ramirez). Hades wants to steal Zeus’ powers and provide it to their dangerous father Kronos, an enormous lava monster that’s been buried in the underworld city of Tartarus.

The film’s most thrilling portions are Perseus’ battles with such assorted beasts as the two-headed Chimera, a trio of Cyclops, and a Minotaur. We’re also introduced to the lithe twin-bodied, four-armed warriors, the Makhai, that go to war against Perseus’ army in the film’s final scenes. But it’s the Kronos, an incredible giant formed out of burning rock that is this film’s answer to the deadly Kraken from Clash of the Titans. For sheer spectacle value alone, the appearance of the Kronos is the money-shot in this film.

Don’t even ask about the performances here… Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes bring a certain gravitas to their parts of sparring gods, but they’re taking the material a little too seriously, as if they’re performing Shakespeare. Sam Worthington, saddled with an unflattering haircut and a permanent scowl, is serviceable at best, but it’s Edgar Ramirez who makes an impression as the deliciously evil Ares.

Despite some stray humor in the dialogue, this film is a mostly dull affair. The action is engaging, but you’re never invested in the characters to care about what happens to them. I’m going with two out of five for Wrath of the Titans. It’s true – the strange beasts are more compelling than the gods and mortals in this film!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. agree
    it’s a very rare thing that i’m agree with any film critic

    Comment by naishal b dave — April 6, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  2. Hi Rajeev
    Have you seen the old Clash of Titans? another thing, such period movies cant have James Bond or Speed type fast action to another action sequence. these are period movies and the story and character has to be dwelled into a little more.
    similar mistakes were made in the movie the War Horse.

    Comment by nikhil — April 9, 2012 @ 11:51 am

  3. And again the Hollywood link to Gods, monsters and more. Check out my blog post on why most modern science fiction has its roots in Indian mythology http://www.laxmihariharan.com/2012/04/inspiration-games.html

    Comment by @laxmi — April 10, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

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