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Movie Review Wrath of the Titans (2012)

More of the same but plays better since there’s no previous vision or version to live up to.

 

Wrath of the Titans Movie Poster

Titans are everywhere this time.

I had a few problems with the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. I felt director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk [Edward Norton] and The Transporter 1 & 2) kept the familiar look for the Greek gods, but dumped that classic style when showing us the reluctant son-of-Zeus turned hero. Perseus (the Medusa slayer) looks more like a stunt double for Russell Crowe in Gladiator than the toga-wearing semi-god-posing-contrapposto next to a pillar we expected to see.

I also had a problem with the rapid pacing which was compounded by an apathetic main character that never experienced awe, shock or spent any time considering his situation. Whether it was the loss of life around him, an impossible task, a worthy woman or the fact that he was the… son… of… Zeus, our main character seems to really not be moved….by um, anything. Hard to get excited when he’s not excited. The movie never really felt like an epic adventure. It had some cool scenes and awesome graphics, but no, nothing to make it rise above most Hollywood remakes. You’ll enjoy it, but be glad you saw the original first as your real connection.

I was surprised when I heard part II was in the works. Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles) takes the reins and Sam Worthington (Avatar and Terminator Salvation) returns to portray the (still reluctant) hero Perseus on a new, but familiar mission to save us and the gods who have reached their twilight. He needs to acquire three magical weapons in order to stop the awakening and defeat the super-baddie Kronos. This movie plays out exactly as the first and even ends with the same shots of Perseus riding Pegasus taking on a mountain-sized monster. It feels as if Jonathan Liebesman was upset that he was passed over for Clash of the Titans (I’m not saying that was the case, I’m just saying…) and wanted to show us what he would have done if was directing the first movie. Two other minor niggles are the weird accents by most characters and a few let downs in the CGI department. If you liked the first Clash and want more of the same, go with Wrath. The big ending is truly big. I’m not a movie critic; I am simply critiquing a movie.

 

— The Dynamic Universe Blog

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