Film Review; Wrath of the Titans
today I started reviewing for Forge. So I thought I'd also publish them on hub pages. enjoy!
Wrath of the Titan is the sequel to the 2010 block buster Clash of the Titans. Wrath of the Titans follows on from the original, but not in any big way so don’t worry if you haven’t seen it. the story is based loosely in the ancient Greek legends. In this particular version worship is how the Gods gain their power and humanity is losing faith the Gods. The temples are empty and people are not praying. Because of this the Gods are beginning to lose their powers and immortality. Hades (Ralph Fiennes) is not ok with that so hatches a plan to release Cronus, an ancient God, by sacrificing Zesus (Liam Neeson). Perseus (Sam Worthington) is sent to collect three pieces of a magical weapon to stop Hades.
the story is roughly the same as the 2011 release Immortals, which was at least more interesting, if lower budget, in comparison. However, the plot of Wrath of the Titans is... functional I suppose. All it really does is to join together the various action scenes. Great action scenes mind you, but this brings me to my first point; Wrath of the Titans really is a game that walks like a movie. Each scene or location just seems to take the characters to the next boss fight style encounter. After which it jumps them out of their situation and/or location and on to the next. What little story there is even sounds like something from a fantasy game. Having to collect X number of magical items from the corners of the realm is what Zelda has been doing since the N64. This isn’t helped at all by the previously mentioned dumbing down of the characters. It’s such a poor attempt at a story to have wasted so much money and talent on.
Many, if not all the characters, from the original seem to have hit the reset button. Anything that happened, or was said to have happened, between the characters seems to have been forgotten. Because of this characters come across as inconsistent; in their behaviour, motivation and roles.
For example, the Greek Gods in the Clash of the Titans, Zesus, Hades, Poseidon (Danny Houston), we’re kind of, based on my loose knowledge of Greek mythology, like the gods of legend. i.e. scheming, manipulative and immoral. In Wrath of the Titans they have completely lost this complexity to their character. Instead they fill the generic good and evil roles required for any fantasy-action film or game.
In terms of cinematography Liebesman likes hand held cameras which is annoying in a film like Wrath of the Titans. In The Battle for L.A, even though it was a terrible film, the hand held camera sort of worked because it was a modern battlefield and added to the chaos of the scene. In Wrath of the Titans it works in maybe two scenes and the rest of the time just looks amateurish and ruins the scene. That said, there are many good shots in the action scenes when the really expensive toys come out which look great.
Summing up, the story’s non-existent, the characters are pretty two dimensional, the action is epic and cinematography’s average. The poor writing and interchangeable locations with boss fight set ups really does make this film feel more like a video game you can’t play. Unless your only requirement for a film is that it have some good action scenes or are particularly fond of watching Greek Legends be humiliated I don’t recommend going to see Clash of the Titans. If you’re interested I this sort of movie watch Immortals instead. I’d have given Wrath of the Titans a 3/10 if it wasn’t for the excellent action scenes.