Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans – Voldemort returns to Tartarus

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Wrath of the Titans ~ Warner Bros. Pictures

I saw an early screening of Wrath of the Titans (Warner Bros. Pictures) earlier in the week. It’s a sequel to Clash of the Titans. Like the first story, it’s based on greek mythology. However, the sequel seems to have a looser interpretation. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of Wrath of the Titans.

The 411 for Wrath of the Titans

The story Zeus is captured and Perseus has to rescue him
Appropriateness for children No sexual content or bad language that I can recall, but there is violence and some intense scenes.
3D effects Typical, some objects fly off the screen
Positives
  • There is a Titan in this movie
  • Perseus gets beat up a lot
Negatives
  • Simple plot
  • Gods can die
Release date March 30, 2012
Rating Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action.
Runtime 99 minutes
Genre Action, adventure

You don’t need to see Clash of the Titans first
Wrath of the Titans is a sequel to Clash of the Titans. However, you don’t need to see the first movie before watching Wrath of the Titans. In the first movie, Perseus discovers he is a demigod (half man, half god). His father is Zeus. The first movie ends with Perseus turning down Zeus’s offer to live with the gods. Perseus doesn’t want anything to do with the gods and prefers to live as a man. Wrath of the Titans takes place about ten years later. Perseus is living a quiet life as a fisherman and is the single father of his ten-year old son, Helius.

Feel the wrath
The movie has a simple plot and the story really isn’t that interesting. Basically, the plot involves Zeus getting betrayed and captured. Then his powers are drained so Kronos can be freed from Tartarus. Kronos is Zeus’ evil father, and was imprisoned long ago by Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. And because most of the gods are gone, Perseus is the only one that can rescue Zeus and stop Kronos the Titan.

Perseus gets beat up a lot
Unlike a lot of movies, the hero of this story doesn’t win all the time. In fact, Perseus gets beat up a lot in this film. This actually makes sense when you consider Perseus has to fight beings and creatures more powerful than he is. And unlike the first film, Perseus doesn’t receive any special gifts from the gods this time around.

Gods can die
The gods can lose their powers and die in Wrath of the Titans. Gods are suppose to be immortal so I’m not sure how they can die. In the movie, you don’t even need a special weapon to kill a god. The story seems to imply that gods are weaker now because man doesn’t worship them anymore. This seems kinda lame to me because the gods were already powerful before they created men.

There are Titans in this movie
After watching Clash of the Titans, my two oldest kids asked me why it’s called Clash of the Titans when there were no Titans in the movie. I couldn’t think of a good answer so I told them the gods are also Titans because they are the children of Titans. My children didn’t really buy that explanation. However, in Wrath of the Titans, there’s at least one Titan (Kronos) in the movie. There might be multiple Titans, but it wasn’t clear to me if the beings near the end of the movie are Titans or just creatures from Tartarus. BTW, in Wrath of the Titans, Kronos is a fiery rock giant that moves very slowly.

Voldemort is back
Sam Worthington is the star of Wrath of the Titans. He plays the part of Perseus. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes (aka Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies) both also return to reprise their roles. Neeson plays the part of Zeus, and Fiennes is Hades. The movie also features Danny Huston (Poseidon), Édgar Ramírez (Ares), Toby Kebbell (Agenor – Poseidon’s demigod son), Rosamund Pike (Andromeda), Bill Nighy (Hephaestus), John Bell (Helius), Lily James (Korrina), Alejandro Naranjo (Mantius), Freddy Drabble (Apollo), and Kathryn Carpenter (Athena). Wrath of the Titans was directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans – Voldemort returns to Tartarus

  1. I didn’t think the effects in Clash of the Titans were the worst I’d ever seen, so unless they really went downhill on the sequel (which I have not seen), I would be they’re as good as the average movie that relies heavily on computer graphics. I wish more filmmakers would build actual sets and use old school effects techniques at least some of the time. I believe it hurts a film immensely when the actors have nothing to work with but bright green walls. Sometimes, CGI is great. I couldn’t help but compare the recent Clash of the Titans with Harryhausen’s original film from the ’80s. His stop motion was usually pretty obvious as an effect, and CGI is certainly smoother than that, but it’s not always the most effective way to achieve the illusion.

    Maybe they called it “Clash of the Titans” because it sounded better than “Clash of the Gods.” Titans sound invincible.

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