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Wrath of the Titans: All effects and no play

With an impressive star-cast like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes teamed with Sam Worthington and Bill Nighy, Wrath of the Titans is fairly ordinary and doesn't have much to offer other than its special effects. Critics, in fact, had some rather interesting things to say...

hollywood Updated: Mar 30, 2012 17:47 IST
Hindustan Times
Hindustan Times,Film: Wrath of the Titans,Cast: Sam Worthington

With an impressive star-cast like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes teamed with Sam Worthington and Bill Nighy, Wrath of the Titans is fairly ordinary and doesn't have much to offer other than its special effects. Critics, in fact, had some rather interesting things to say.

Film: Wrath of the Titans
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Toby Kebbell, Edgar Ramirez
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Based on Greek mythology, the Wrath of the Titans is the legendary tale of how Perseus (Sam Worthington) braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson) from Ares (Édgar Ramírez)and Hades (Ralph Fiennes).

Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri, DNA
Rating: **
Wrath of the Titans is a good example of a potentially good film gone wrong. Though admittedly better than the first one, Wrath... still leaves much to be desired.

There are cool mythological creatures, monsters, a few cool visual effects but that’s about it. Here’s a thought; if there aren’t enough visuals to make a decent 3D film then let it be 2D, no one will judge you. Except for a few short scenes you will wish you could take those annoying glasses off.

As far as the script is concerned, it feels a tad rushed. Too much happens in too little time and as a result, all of it fails to make an impression.

In terms of performances, Worthington is average but just not majestic enough to carry the film solely on his shoulders. Most are forgettable but the ones who stand out are Kebbell and Bill Nighy as Hephaestus. Their witty and light characters are a welcome relief from the pseudo-serious plot and characters.
Verdict: Not many will be disappointed if they put an end to the Titans series with the Wrath. Skip it, not worth the headache or the dent on your nose.

Perseus (Sam Worthington) and Zeus (Liam Neeson)

Mrigank Dhaniwala,
Rating: **

The story of Wrath Of The Titans, written by Greg Berlanti, David Johnson and Dan Mazeau, is of the kind that will not be understood very well by the Indian audience, at least in the first several reels, as the characters are being established. However, in the latter part of the screenplay (Dan Mazeau, David Johnson), when the relationships between different characters are clearly established, the viewer gets a little interested in the goings-on as the plot has elements of betrayal, bravery and even humour to a certain extent. The action scenes are very good and have been choreographed beautifully in the 3D version, which adds to the appeal of the drama.

On the minus side, the narrative seems a bit too rushed and the characters too many for the audience to even get to know them a lot. The hero of the drama, Perseus, also unfortunately is not given much scope to show off his fighting skills. As a result, the viewer never really is convinced that he is a hero that he is hailed to be in several dialogues in the film. The middle portion of the drama, where Perseus and his group tries to enter the underworld prison, is lacking in pace and the mystery element.

All in all, the father-son emotional drama and the action sequences are just not good enough to keep the Indian audience engaged, especially given the general lack of knowledge about the Greek legends among the Indian masses.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Rating: **
Not quite wrath, more a persistent crossness, and in the case of Rosamund Pike's Andromeda, a kind of pained, headmistressy dismay. The gods battle each other with all sorts of swooping thunderbolts and explosions – while secretly envying humans' freedom from immortality's terrible burden – in this stately, stodgy, neo-Harryhausen blockbuster of the CGI classical world.
Verdict: "You look 10,000 years younger!" Zeus is told when this imprisonment is finally lifted. It's not exactly how the audience will feel.

Wrath of the Titan, Kronos

Kyle Smith, New York Post
Rating: **

While a serviceable action-fantasy that passes the time, the sequel to the 2010 remake of the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans, is a little light on fantastical creatures, a bit heavy on the campy acting (hey, Bill Nighy: This isn’t supposed to be an off-Broadway comedy) and given to many painful instances in which characters duel with awkward, clanking, rusty weapons called “words.”

An actor is only as good as his script, though. When the dialogue isn’t written in caveman declarative, it’s written to refresh the audience’s memory in lines such as “Hades, you are the god of the Underworld,” and “You remember, I am your son.” That line comes from Ares (Edgar Ramirez), who, by the way, is the god of war, which makes it a little bit hilarious when everyone keeps asking him to calm his temper and stop being mean to his dad, Zeus, against whom he sides with Hades in the intra-Olympus spat.

Randomly, the gang keeps encountering magical creatures, some of which are cool to look at (like the gang of one-eyed giants and the beast with two legs and two back-to-back torsos and heads). And the fight scenes that rely on big special effects, as well as the labyrinth-like tower that leads to Tartarus, are depicted reasonably well by director Jonathan Liebesman, who lacks the freewheeling flair of the first film’s captain, Louis Leterrier.

Peter Paras, E!online
The only reason to see Wrath of the Titans is for the endless array of computer-generated boss fights. With titans that are ginormous and a fiery underworld that's visually stunning, the production value impresses.

As cool as some scenes are (a fiery mountain-size creature, a moving castle that shifts like a Rubik's Cube) there's no real sense of urgency.

Worse, none of the moments build upon the previous ones. Perseus' outfits seem to reset after every fight from battle ravaged to newly worn. This is less an actual movie and more an HD clip that is on constant loop at Best Buy.

Wrath of the Titans is a sequel that's better than the original only because Clash of the Titans set the bar so low.

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
Rating: *

At least the new film, unlike the first, does actually feature an authentic Titan. The villain of the piece is Kronos, described in Greek legend as the castrator of his father, devourer of his offspring and incestuous impregnator of his sister. However, none of these activities are allowable in a 12A certificate film, so here he is a giant 3D lava monster trapped inside a volcano.

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
As most of the dialogue is shouted or bellowed, it's rather beside the point to speak of the performances, other than to say that Sam Worthington looked marginally more at home on Pandora than he does in the Greece of myth. Effects work is not only abundant but sharp and some imagination enhances the production design. At the screening caught, image brightness was diminished only slightly through the 3D glasses.

Guy Lodge, Time Out London
Rating: ***
Replacing Leterrier with South African journeyman Jonathan Liebesman has righted a world of wrongs: crisper effects, tighter pacing and more inspired casting add up to a sword-and-sandals romp that betters not only its predecessor but even the 1981 original ‘Clash of the Titans’ for engaging and boyish silliness. When Bill Nighy, a welcome addition as shabby god-turned-guide Hephaestus, dryly recalls that Perseus ‘released the Kraken and all that,’ you sense that everyone involved holds the 2010 film in contempt.

Our Verdict: All in all, only if you're a sucker for 3D films and special effects, must you go for the film.

First Published: Mar 30, 2012 16:55 IST