'WRATH OF THE TITANS'




Giants clash in epic sequel

By Krysti Peacock and Suzie Setzler

The sequel to the 2010 “Clash of the Titans,” “Wrath of the Titans” is a fantasy adventure film set a decade later. Perseus (Sam Worthington) is called to rescue his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) who has been captured by his jealous brother Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and uncle Hades (Ralph Fiennes), resulting in a man-versus-demigod-versus-god war.

Perseus, who has been living as a fisherman with his 10 year-old son Helius (John Bell), is visited by Zeus pleading for his help. The gods are losing their powers and the walls of the underworld prison of Tartarus are falling apart as human kind loses faith in their gods. Perseus refuses to get involved mostly because he has no desire to leave his son for this battle. Without Perseus’ support, Zeus attempts to meet with his brothers, Hades and Poseidon (Danny Huston), to form a plan. While en route, he is ambushed by Hades and Ares, who plan to drain his power to revive their father Kronos. In exchange, Kronos promises Hades and Ares eternal immortality.

As monsters are unleashed into the world, Helius’s safety is compromised and Perseus must fight to protect his family. He tries to contact Zeus but Poseidon arrives instead telling of Zeus’ plight. Before he dies, he encourages Perseus to seek his demigod son, Agenor (Toby Kebbell) to help find the fallen god, Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), who can lead them into Tartarus. Perseus combines forces with Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and an imprisoned Agenor, as they set out to sea to find the creator of the three great weapons – Zeus’ Thunderbolt, Hades’ Pitchfork and Poseidon’s Trident. Together they form the Spear of Triam, which is the only weapon that can kill Kronos.

This is one of those films that went exactly as was expected. Not having watched its predecessor, we can’t compare it and you definitely didn’t need to see the first one to appreciate the sequel. In fact, it’s probably better if you didn’t see the “Clash” version, which opened to a slew of less than praise-worthy reviews. This is definitely a film that die-hard fans will appreciate. We’re not saying it was bad, but it did lack some story-line spark. We watched it in 3D so there was visual stimulation. The digital creations and details were amazing with scary, sharp-toothed, slobber-dripping monsters and the larger-than-life Cyclopes. The 3D enhancements accented the film during scenes where you could see Zeus’ power being physically drained in a fiery dripping of gold flickering from his body and hair; you could really feel his agony. As far as acting, the note-worthy cast strongly portrayed the characters based in Greek mythology. We also enjoyed the comedic goofiness of Kebbell as Agenor, who gave a little comic relief to the gritty landscape of the movie. Our mantra has always been that if it’s entertaining, it’s good. So, we’ll leave it at that and recommend that you see it especially for its visual appeal.

Rated PG-13
Cast and Credit

Sam Worthington – Perseus
Rosamund Pike - Andromeda
Bill Nighy – Hephaestus
Édgar Ramírez - Ares
Toby Kebbell - Agenor
Danny Huston - Poseidon
Ralph Fiennes - Hades
Liam Neeson - Zeus

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