NR Review: Wrath of the Titans

Alright, I’m guilty of not having watched the original Clash of the Titans film and its remake. For the remake, everyone I know was telling me how much it sucked, so that’s why I passed on it. Having said that, I was thoroughly entertained by the remake’s sequel, Wrath of the Titans. Sure it’s no masterpiece, but I enjoyed it for what it is, a film that gave me some cool action sequences. Plus, we finally get to see a Titan in a movie that has Titans in the title.

The first improvement for the movie was giving Sam Worthington’s Perseus hair. The Greek hero was depicted with curly hair, so it’s nice to see him without that buzz cut from Clash. The special effects was surprisingly well done; like where Perseus was battling against a two-headed creature with a serpent tail (Orthros?) and the forest scene against the cyclops. We’re also treated with many other figures from Greek mythology like Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes), Poseidon (Danny Huston), Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), and Ares.

As an action adventure flick, this movie set out to give us some cool action sequences. And that’s pretty much what this movie is, Perseus goes from one obstacle to another as he faces Ares, a minotaur, a two-headed dog creature, Cronus, cyclops, and figuring out whether to be a fisherman or not.

Because the film tries to jam many new characters and action, the story and characters suffer. We don’t get really get to have the time to spend on character development, especially the new ones. We’re shown what happens, but it’s as if the movie expects us to already know why certain gods or humans act that way. The pacing between the action sequences can be seen as too fast, as we’re thrown into the next obstacle right away.

The main reason why I watched this movie was to see if director Jonathan Liebesman had the chops to do a good Ninja Turtles movie. With that said, I am a bit worried, since with the Turtles, I’m expecting greatness. Turtle movies don’t come to us all that often like Greek-inspired movies do.

Grade: C+

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