Capsule Movie Review – Wrath of the Titans (2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Wrath of the Titans reunites Perseus (Sam Worthington), Zeus (Liam Neeson), and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) for an abbreviated quest that plays second fiddle to a medley of fights with fearsome, hideous mythological creatures. Some 15 years after the events of Clash of the Titans (2010), Perseus is a widower with a young teenage son; Io’s absence from the picture permitting sparks to finally fly between the hero and Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), now warrior-queen of an imperiled nation. New to this installment are Ares (Edgar Ramirez), Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), and Agenor (Toby Kebbell), ne’er-do-well demigod son of Poseidon. Pegasus has a cameo. As before, the characters bear only a passing resemblance to their famous namesakes. However, where the script of Clash was nothing to write home about, the script of Wrath is downright bad. The plot is idiotic and the dialogue a broken record. Worst, all the actors’ hard work can’t salvage the characterization: the god of war is reduced to a petulant perpetual adolescent jealous of Zeus’s perceived partiality for half-human Perseus; half-mad comic relief Hephaestos excluded, the other principal male characters are similarly afflicted with modern pop psychology daddy issues; and poor Andromeda is a compendium of reaction shots. The movie’s good points- and they are really good- are the production design, special effects, and score. The showpiece is a splendid sequence of high adventure in Tartarus, creatively re-imagined as an enormous labyrinth made even deadlier by its unpredictable mutability.
1 1/2 stars
One thing I liked and one thing I didn’t like: The grand ruins set of the Temple of the Gods. Women warriors who turn out to be useless in a fight.