The highly anticipated follow-up to Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans offers plenty of action, thrills, and excitement, and actually improves upon its predecessor in terms of story and character development.
When Zeus is imprisoned in the Underworld by Hades and the traitorous God of War, Ares, Perseus must rise to the occasion and embark on a perilous quest to free his father. But the odds are stacked against him, because Hades plans to release the evil Titans from their prison in the Underworld. If his plan succeeds, the world will be thrown into chaos and evil will take over the planet. It will take the help of the beautiful Queen Andromeda, the god Hephaestus, and fellow demigod Agenor to stop the Titans and rescue Zeus.
The acting isn’t particularly impressive and certainly won’t be winning any Oscars, but the performances we get are passable and convincing enough that viewers won’t get distracted by the lack of talent involved. Sam Worthington returns as the heroic demigod Perseus, but his performance in this installment feels more genuine and less forced than it did in Clash of the Titans. Perseus as a character is given a bit more depth this time around, because now we as viewers get a sense of what truly drives him to do the heroic things he does. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles as Zeus and Hades, respectively, and both do a fine job portraying such important characters. They both receive much more screen time than they did in the first film, and they spend much of that time developing the complex relationship between their characters. Rosamund Pike plays Queen Andromeda, but her performance leaves much to be desired, and she comes off as a boring, flat character that viewers will have a difficult time connecting with. Ares is played by Edgar Ramirez, and he does a splendid job acting as the film’s primary antagonist.
The development of the relationship between Hades and Zeus turns out to be the strongest aspect of the film. Unlike in the first film, where Zeus stood for all that was good and Hades was the epitome of evil, the filmmakers throw viewers a curveball by taking the brothers’ complex relationship in a completely unexpected direction. We get some surprisingly tender moments between the two, and audiences will likely find their part in the film’s events to be more entertaining than Perseus’s.
The visual effects are very well done, and those who see this movie purely for spectacle and jaw dropping moments will not be disappointed.
The film falters in some places, particularly in the development of the growing romantic interest between Perseus and Andromeda. This “romance” is not touched on nearly enough to be believable, and when the two share a kiss at the end of the film, many will be left scratching their heads and asking themselves, “Where did that come from?”
Another aspect that could have been improved on is the pacing. Everything moves at a breakneck pace, barely giving audiences time to register what is going on.
While far from perfect, Wrath of the Titans is a pulse pounding, adrenaline pumping action flick that expands upon and develops the characters introduced in its predecessor. Those who enjoyed Clash of the Titans will likely find this installment to be even more entertaining.
3.5 out of 5 stars