Wrath of the Titans

FEEL the wrath, proclaims the poster for the 3D fantasy adventure sequel, Wrath of the Titans, certificate 12A. But the film’s tag line should read, feel the boredom, like its 2010 predecessor, Clash of the Titans, the film promises much, but greatly underwhelms.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, who previously worked on Battle for Los Angeles. Like that film, Wrath of the Titans zips through its one hour, 40 minute runtime at breakneck speed. The film jumps from each action sequence at a frantic pace with little room for a coherent narrative and character development.

All the central cast return for the sequel, including Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Ballymena’s favourite son, Liam Neeson. Neeson and Fiennes were criminally underused during the previous instalment and both have considerably more screen-time during this feature as the Olympic gods, Zeus and Hades.

The film’s plot see’s Sam Worthington’s demigod character, Perseus now living as a humble fisherman, having turned his back on his godlike heritage. Perseus is forced to reluctantly embrace his destiny and attempt to save the world and his father Zeus, from the scheming Hades and the vengeful Titan, Kronos.

The film ticks all the boxes for the fantasy genre and the action set pieces are handled competently, but they rely heavily on averagely executed CGI, that lack any physicality within their environment. Other films such as Lord of the Rings have handled similar sequences much more effectively.

Sam Worthington is rather dull as the franchises central protagonist, Perseus. The actor is competent during the battle sequences but when delivering dialogue he is wooden and unconvincing.

Neeson and Fiennes both chew the scenery during their scenes together and they are clearly having fun with their godly roles. But the limelight is stolen by Bill Nighy in a brief cameo as Hephaestus. The actor delivers a performance more akin to Frank Gallagher from Shameless than that of a great Greek god. British actress, Rosamund Pike’s heroine character, Andromeda is left as little more than eye candy in the film’s male dominated cast.

It’s such a shame that screenwriters can’t produce a coherent script based on Greek mythology. It is full of great characters and fantastic stories that it’s such a disappointment to see it handled so poorly with this franchise.

It would seem that the filmmakers have spent too much time improving the features 3D visuals that were so heavily lambasted in the previous instalment that they have failed to spend adequate time on the film’s script. The 3D visuals still add little to the overall cinematic experience and those paying extra to see the 3D version of this film will have every right to feel short-changed by their experience.

Overall Wrath of the Titans, feels more like a box ticking exercise by film producers, after the previous film returned a small profit, a sequel was inevitable but sadly the film has little structure and narrative that it will surely test the patience of even the most patient viewer.

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