Wrath of the Titans
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson
Sequel to: Clash of the Titans
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston
People are stopping to believe in or pray to the gods, which weakens them considerably. Zeus (Liam Neeson) tries his best to avoid that, even asking his son Perseus (Sam Worthington) for help, who now leads the life of a quiet fisherman and doesn’t want to hear about it. But when Ares (Édgar Ramírez) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) betray Zeus and Poseidon (Danny Huston) and capture Zeus, Perseus sets out ot save his father – and the world with the help of Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and Poseidon’s son Agenor (Toby Kebbell).
Much like the first film, Wrath of the Titans is a movie of the “plot? What plot?” variety. But the special effects are still great, the cast mostly has fun and the dialogues are cringe-worthingly awesome. There are also more daddy issues to ridicule in this one film than in all of the Nolan movies put together, which is quite an achievement. It’s entertaining.
In the first movie, they were at least still trying to have a plot that made sense. They just gave up on that straight away in this one. They obviously figured you take the special effects [that reallly are great- especially Kronos looked really cool] and that cast and you give all of them a theme – in that case fathers and brothers – and they just let them run with that.
Which makes for uneven results – Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes make their brotherly rivalry work perfectly and it rings true despite the ridiculous dialogues; Édgar Ramírez tries very hard to pull off the same thing but unfortunately he’s stuck with Sam Worthington as a brother so that falls flat. Who absolutely shines in a very surprising way is Toby Kebbell. He’s great.
They obviously heard my complaints about the misogyny in the first one because they at least tried to be a little less stupid with Andromeda. The way they go about it is not perfect but it works better than that stuff in the first one.
Generally speaking, Wrath of the Titans is just a really wonderful brainless popcorn movie that achieves its goal and mostly looks cool doing it. I’d totally watch it again and gladly back to back with Clash of the Titans.
Summarising: Maybe not quite as good as the first movie, but really entertaining nevertheless.