REVIEW: WRATH OF THE TITANS
SYNOPSIS: A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington)—the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson)—is attempting to live quietly as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son, Helius.
But unbeknownst to Perseus, a struggle for supremacy has been raging between the gods that will come to threaten his idyllic life. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing hold of their immortality, as well as control over the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous Underworld.
Now, Perseus cannot ignore his true calling as Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switches loyalties and makes a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titan's strength grows as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned...and hell is unleashed on earth.
Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the Underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
REVIEW: If you have never seen Clash of the Titans, be prepared to fail to connect to the plot in this follow-up release. Despite the terribly short recap, at the start of film, Wrath of the Titans’ audience is very dependent on a firm understanding of the predecessor flick, in order to understand the conflicts in the movie. In addition, attempting to develop a sense of connection with any of the characters became next to impossible, despite my having previously been through the plot of its forerunner. Almost all characters conveyed very little, if any, emotional connection to the audience.
The action scenes were at times over-kill and for the most part very confusing. The delivery of the dialog was poor at best and the star-studded line-up failed to capture and allow the audience to escape reality for the ninety minutes. However, on a more positive note, the film essentially delivers the block-buster cinematic action expected of any big budget Hollywood flick, regardless of its lacked in dialog and overall substance. If one is willing to overlook the appeal of good story telling, then this is a 'must-see' for the action-flick enthusiast.
Overall, Wrath of the Titans could have gotten a better rating, but the reality is that it only deserves 3 stars.
By Movie-Man Stan
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