Wrath of the Titans filmed in 3D is the sequel to Clash of the Titans (2010) starring Sam Worthington who reprises the role of the demigod Perseus. The Gods who derive their powers from the prayers of men, now find that their powers are diminishing. As the Gods’ power weakens, Kronus the King of the Titans becomes more powerful. The Gods, Zeus (Liam Neeson), Poseidon (Danny Huston), Hades (Ralph Fiennes), and Ares, Zeus’ godly son (Édgar Ramírez) seek to prevent Kronus who is their father along with the Titans from escaping the dungeon of Tartarus.
A decade later, Perseus who has spurned the life of a demigod, now prefers to live out his days as a simple fisherman. He is visited by his father, Zeus who asks him to join the fight to prevent Kronus from destroying the world. But, Perseus who does not feel any connection to his father refuses to take part. His only concern is raising his 10 year old son, Helius (John Bell).
After Poseidon is killed and Zeus is betrayed and taken hostage, Perseus realizes that he must come to the aide of his father and prevent the destruction of mankind. He teams with another demigod, Poseidon’s son, Agenor (Toby Kebbell) along with the Warrior Queen, Adromeda (Rosamund Pike) and they set out to defeat the Titans.
This is a movie made to been seen in all its glory in IMAX 3D (yes, it is worth the extra bucks). It is a vast improvement from the shoddy special effects in the first film. It is said, that both Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington worked with the Director, Jonathan Liebesman and provided input into the CG effects of film to improve upon those of the Clash of the Titans .
Equal attention should have been focused on the storyline. The plot is weak and would not stand on its own without the special effects wow factor. I realize this is a sequel, but not enough back stories are provided for the Gods. After all, there are volumes of mythology that could have been included in this plot.
And, I couldn’t help wondering how it was possible for Perseus to fly into a firestorm on the back of Pegasus and emerge unscathed with not a hair singed (even Pegasus’s tail is intact)? Not to mention, that Poseidon’s son never gets his feet wet.
Yet, there are plenty of hunk factors with Sam, Édgar, and Toby revealing their divine forms throughout the film.
Various relationships and family themes are prominent in this motion picture. The love of a father and his child, the love of family, the love of a son and his father, and the bond of brothers. We are reminded of family loyalty and the lengths that one will go to defend a love one.
Wrath of the Titans might find itself lacking as an epic Greek tale, but it is worth watching.