War, fight to the death and off we go. Another, I would have thought, epic adventure. I really wanted to write something extraordinary about Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle Los Angeles, Darkness Falls) new film, however, I was left disappointed after the screening. I actually wanted to leave the cinema after just 40 minutes into the film. If it wasn’t for Ralph Fiennes I would have probably done so.
Perseus (Sam Worthington: Avatar,Last Night) is back again. After the war with the Titans, he decided to lead a simple life as a fisherman. However, his destiny has called for him again. He must fight once more. After his father was captured by Hades (Ralph Fiennes: The Reader, Coriolanus) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez: Vantage Point, Domino) he must take upon a dangerous task of entering the Underworld to save Zeus’ life ( Liam Neeson: Battleship, The Grey) and to face Chronos, a deadly creature which would give Ares and Hades immortality but would also wipe out the entire human race. And that’s it! I do not have anything more to add. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ is a classic blockbuster in which numerous fights and special effects are more important than the plot. There are indeed moral dilemmas, alliances, betrayals and conspiracies and even a bit of romance in the film, however, I felt like I was watching a movie about an alien invasion on earth, mixed with ‘Lord of the Rings’ but embedded in the contractual realities of the ancient world.
The entire film has been well made, technically speaking, with a world class cast such as Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Sam Worthington. It’s watchable, however, any intellectual experience can hardly be expected, just so you all know. I found this production completely unnecessary. I am afraid that a continuation to ‘Wrath of the Titans’ is unavoidable.
Written by Maggie Gogler.