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'Wrath Of The Titans': The Gods are not pleased

By Wang DexianMovies - 29 March 2012 10:13 AM | Updated 12:03 PM

'Wrath Of The Titans': The Gods are not pleased

Zeus: "No. I don't want to go see 'Wrath of the Titans."

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike

The Buzz: While the previous "Titans" movie was remembered for a bunch of things including (but not limited to) Zeus' ultra bling bling gold pimp suit of armour and his epic cry of "Release The Kraken!" that briefly became an Internet meme sensation, most of us remember it for a whole other reason.

The lame early 3D era post conversion which led to pretty much only the subtitles popping out. This time, ‘Wrath’ is shot on 3D which will hopefully mean that the 3D isn't a blatant cash grab like it was in ‘Clash’.

Meanwhile, director Jonathan Liebesman inadvertently found himself in hot soup when the producer of his next project, Michael Bay announced that the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ film they were working on was to have the turtles as aliens instead, leading to a backlash from pizza obsessed fans all over the interwebs.

The Story: A decade after defeating the Kraken in ‘Clash Of The Titans’, Perseus is now living a much quieter life as a fisherman and sole parent to his son, Helius.

In the meantime, the humans have not been as devoted to the Gods as they should have been, weakening the Gods' control over the imprisoned Titans and their leader Kronos, who also happens to be the father of Zeus, Hades and Poseidon as well. When Hades and Ares make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus, Perseus is forced into action, reuniting him with warrior queen Android. Together, they have to find a couple of ‘special people’ in order to prevent hell on Earth itself.

Theseus getting some pointers from Uncle Poseidon thinks: "It can't be worse than the first one, right?", a close friend asked as we trudged our feet into the cinema. And lo and behold, it isn't! This is also where we point out that although it's better than "Clash", it isn't by a lot.

"Wrath" works best when the movie focuses on actually entertaining the audience. The movie's action sequences are relentless and exciting, and in IMAX 3D format are absolutely gorgeous as well.

Unfortunately, the action set pieces are few and far in between. The movie has too many quiet moments, which we suppose were scenes meant to give us a respite from being steamrolled over by the action. Instead, they suck the life out of the film, depriving it of any momentum it has going for it.

Rather than feeling the wrath of the Titans, some of us had to settle for the wrath of the snores emanating from those asleep. It's a problem you might recall being present in another recent Greek God epic, "Immortals", and it rears its ugly head again in this one.

"Don't like my Aussie accent? Feel the wrath of my sword!"

What exactly is wrong then? We can't pinpoint anything in particular ourselves, but Sam Worthington again delivers a rather bland performance, as do the rest of the cast. He doesn't seem to be doing anything that's glaringly wrong, but his performances as of late have been emotionally distant and hard to connect with. And all this is without that distracting Aussie drawl he had in "Clash".

The only real standout performances are that of Bill Nighy, who hams it up for a short while as fallen God Hephaestus and Tobby Kebbell's frequently hilarious Agenor, a fellow demi-god and son of Poseidon who also happens to be a petty thief. The forgettable script doesn't help either, as no quote seems to be memorable at all.

Of course, the movie isn't entirely horrible. Watching Perseus swoop into battle riding the winged horse Pegasus is an awesome sight, as are many of the imaginative creatures that are beautifully rendered and sent to wreak havoc on fictional ancient Greece.

When the dumb fighting starts, it's all quite entertaining. But as we mentioned, it never nearly happens often enough. And as with the previous movie, the simplification of the relationships between the Gods does make it a little less interesting.

Without the manipulation and the betrayals, the Gods just seem a bit less fun on screen. When the movie is over and done with, one cannot help but feel that the film never really got going.

Instead of a spectacle that left us ooh-ing and aah-ing, we had a mind numbing and almost robotic all action fest. Which would have been fine but even that wasn't delivered enough. If only the script was as polished as the effects and production design.

So brace yourselves for another one soon, as the filmmakers have already commenced on a sequel to this.