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Wrath of the Titans:Sequel to the 2010 film Clash of the Titans, Wrath follows demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) as he is once again draw into the titanic conflict between the Greek pantheon and the titans of myth. The first Titans film was a competently made action film from Louis Leterrier (Transporter) that benefited from quality supporting work from Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as suitably grandiose divine beings but suffered from having a charisma free leading performance from Worthington. This film, directed by Battle Los Angeles helmer Jonathan Liebesman looks to have a wider scope than the first film, a consequence of Liebesman’s infinite draw distance aesthetic and the natural expectation for an action movie sequel to be harder, better, faster, stronger than the original. Since Liesbesman can’t really direct actors, he should do fine with the blank Worthington and vets like Neeson, Danny Huston and Bill Nighy. Wrath is sure to bring the bargain basement version of Michael Bay style fireworks you’ve always wanted to waste an overcast weekend on. Also starring Rosamund Pike, Edagr Ramirez and Toby Kebbell.
Fun Fact: Gemma Atherton, the female lead from the first film didn’t return for this film due to a scheduling conflict with a film calledHansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Mirror Mirror:Director Tarsem Singh adds another film to his CV that will drive his reputation further into the reteam of extensively qualified genius with this Shrek-ish looking take on Snow White story. After making excellent music videos like R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” Singh directed the visually arresting, cartoonishly high concept cerebral thriller The Cell. If you haven’t seen it, imagine the Inception dream insertion technology used to solve a murders from an episode ofCriminal Minds with special guest set design by Matthew Barney. His second film, 2006’s The Fall was an epic fantasy in the mold of The Princess Bride as envisioned by David Lean. It’s an underrated masterpiece and one of the best films of the 2000s. Last year’s Immortals was a brash hack and slash video game of a movie that was curiously shot to suggest the look of a baroque painting. This film, appears to be as beautiful as expected but full of garish slapstick humor that gives off the unmistakable scent of a career low point. As a master visual stylist Singh needs to find work worthy of his prodigious talents or he’s going to end up as the thinking man’s Zach Snyder. Starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hamner.
Fun Fact: Another, more action orientated adaptation of the Snow White fairy tale titled Snow White and the Huntsman starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart will be released later this year.
Goon: Sean Williams Scott stars in this rough and tumble, based on a true story, lots of swears comedy about a lovable loser who becomes an enforcer for a minor league hockey team. As sports movies go, the hockey movie sub genre has a surprisingly high rate of quality. I’d put Miracle, Slap Shot (just the first one) and The Mighty Ducks (all three movies and the short lived, totally unrelated animated series) up against dreck like Invincible, Hardball and The Replacements any day of the week. That’s not say that all hockey movies are great (Kevin Smith is making one) but chances are that an automatically working class, somewhat less gratingly clichéd hockey movie is going please in a way that no horse movie ever will. It’s doubtful that Goon will be the new Friday Night Lights but it’s likely to be an ice cold Budweiser twelve pack with friends of a movie. Also starring Live Schreiber, Jay Baruchel and Eugene Levy.
Fun Fact: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith from Trailer Park Boys put in cameo appearances in the film.
Mario blogs regularly at A Polemic Killer Room.