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Wrath of the Titans: Review

Posted 14/12/2012

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Wrath of the Titans
The 2010 ‘Clash of the Titans’—a remake of the campy 1981 B-movie that inexplicably starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Maggie Smith—brought the world of ancient mythology to life with big-budget big-screen FX. For the sequel, the team of gods, demigods, and special effects wizards have rejoined forces to stage a battle in which even immortals’ lives are at stake.

‘Wrath of the Titans’ finds Perseus (Sam Worthington), son of uber-god Zeus (Liam Neeson) and hero of ‘Clash’, settled into a humble life as a fisherman and widowed dad to young son Helios (John Bell). But the gods have now become vulnerable, and when his father enlists his help in thwarting traitor gods Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes), Perseus must gird for battle once more. With the help of wisecracking fellow demigod Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and beautiful warrior queen Andromeda (Pike), Perseus fights supernatural monsters to save Zeus—and humanity—from the chaos-sowing force of Zeus’s own father, the evil Kronos.

The nonstop epic action in ‘Wrath of the Titans’ is truly spectacular, and the movie makes excellent use of 3D technology—the effects never feel tacked-on. And amidst all the fire and brimstone of the battle scenes, the film is at its core a touching tribute to the bonds between fathers and sons. The theme is so universal, even mere mortals will relate.

Upsides:
- The labyrinth sequence is a masterpiece of visual effects and set design.
- Neeson and Fiennes, longtime real-life friends, are perfectly cast as brothers—the resemblance is at moments uncanny.
- Toby Kebbell, playing a thief, steals every scene he’s in. His Agenor, who in both looks and personality resembles the Russell Brand of ancient Greece, provides welcome comic relief to the weighty proceedings.

Downsides:
- Mythology geeks may be vexed by the fact that this story was made up out of whole cloth, rather than drawn from the rich tapestry of the classic Greek tales.

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