"Wrath of the Titans"
Release Date: March 30, 2012
Running Time: 99 minutes
Not sure about you but the shoddy rush job that was the 3D conversion of Clash of the Titans left me with a migraine the size of the Kraken. Thankfully the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, benefits significantly from the lessons learned from trying to exploit the success of Avatar and the inevitable improvements to converting to 3D a film shot in 2D. The result: Wrath of the Titans takes you deep down to the bowels of hell without making you feel like a minotaur wants to rip out your eyes with its horns. Unfortunately, watching Wrath of the Titans in 3D only magnifies director Jonathan Liebesman’s sloppy direction and the cheesy special effects that ruin this superfluous sequel to the 2010 remake of the Ray Harryhausen-produced camp classic. It also doesn’t help that Wrath of the Titans concocts the filmiest of excuses for Sam Worthington’s Perseus to again ride into battle on the back of his trusty Pegasus. Hades (Ralph Fiennes) Hades captures his brother Zeus (Liam Neeson) so their evil father Kronos can use Zeus’ powers to escape from an underworld prison. Nothing noteworthy happens to Perseus and his comrades in arms en route to freeing his father Zeus and sparing the world of Kronos’ wrath, while Liebesman’s fails to squeeze any tension out of the anti-climatic confrontation between the demigod and the molten monster that is his grandfather. At least War Horse’s Toby Kebbell brings some much-needed humor and energy to the dreary proceedings as Poseidon’s disappointment of a son, the ultimately heroic demigod Agenor. Kebbell deserves respect for being the only cast member to have a little fun with Wrath of the Titans—everyone else, especially Neeson and Fiennes, look like they can’t wait to cash their checks.
Aired: March 29, 2012
Web site: http://wrathofthetitans.warnerbros.com/dvd/