“The son of Zeus cannot hide from his destiny“ – Liam Neeson as Zeus
What’s good: The special effects were cool to see.
What’s not good: The stunts and story were poor.
What happened: Most believe that you cannot outrun your destiny. The idea is that your life was predetermined well before you even took your first breath. Yet, many of us run from our fate in search of a new lot in life. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ shows the story of a man who wants to live an ordinary life but is destined for a far greater purpose.
In ancient times, the world was ruled by the gods. Their power has diminished over the years as people stopped believing in them. Zeus (Liam Neeson), Poseidon (Danny Huston), and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) have been keeping a secret locked away deep down in hell’s prison tartarus. If it breaks free, this prisoner will lead to the total destruction of the world. Zeus is lead into a trap and ultimately betrayed by someone close to him. Now he and the rest of the gods suddenly find themselves mortal. Their only hope for survival lies in the hands of a reluctant hero.
It has been a long time since Perseus (Sam Worthington) wielded a sword. His legendary battles with Medusa and the giant Kraken are a distant memory now. He may be a half god, but all he wants is to live a normal life as a fisherman. Perseus made a vow to his late wife regarding their son Helius (John Bell) that he struggles to keep. Zeus comes to Perseus for help but he wants no part of it. He is soon forced into combat and immediately finds himself on another adventure. This time, he will have to enter into the depths of hell. It is up to Perseus to once again save the day before the evil is unleashed on the world.
‘Wrath of the Titans’ is a tragically flawed film in so many ways. The dialogue was corny and the story was flat out weak. Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson did their best with the material they were given. Sadly, it just wasn’t enough. It was a huge letdown when Kronos was finally revealed. All he did was move his arms around a little before he was destroyed. This was by far one of the worst villains of all time. The stunts looked bad too. It’s as if Perseus was being dragged by a rope through a cloud of dust. The camera zoomed in way too close on most of his stunts which made it difficult to understand what was happening. Also, the supposed romance between Perseus and Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) made no sense. They should have developed this part of the plot throughout the film instead of throwing it in at the end. The one redeeming aspect of this film is the special effects. They were especially cool when the gods turned to dust. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ is a classic example of what happens when more time is spent on special effects than making an entertaining story.
Bottom Line: Don’t waste your money on this one. Wait until it goes to video.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 1 hour, 39 minutes