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Review: Wrath of the Titans

Anyone who's seen enough movies knows that some of them look like they were thrown together to strictly make money. They don't have much of a story, they may be completely boring and they may feature what looks to be like cool special effects to try to gloss over the flaws of the film. In many of these movies, the actors don't appear to care sometimes. I'm sure that's what some people expect from the movie Wrath of the Titans. Are they right this time?

Wrath of the Titans is a sequel to the 2010 film Clash of the Titans. It's based ten years after the first one and has the hero of that adventure Perseus (Sam Worthington) lying low and wanting to live a normal life while raising his son Helius (John Bell). He doesn't have many problems in the world and everything is going exactly like he wants it to at this point in his life. Little does he know, that a battle of godly proportions is about to take place that will change the world forever.

As the gods are losing their power over earth, the Titans appear to be rising up. As powerful as Perseus' father Zeus (Liam Neeson) is, even he might not have the power to stop what's the change that world may see. The task at hand becomes even more impossible when it's learned that Hades (Ralph Fiennes), the brother of Zeus may be behind what will most likely end civilization as they know it.

I would first like to start by describing the usage of 3D in Wrath of the Titans. I'm not what you would call a fan of this stuff, but I have to give credit where credit is due. The 3D is put to very good use here. I'll go as far to say that it might be the best that I've seen to date. If more movies used 3D this well, I'd be more open to it. It shows that when done correctly, it can be a functional tool in film.

As far as the acting is concerned? Wrath of the Titans isn't necessarily a movie where amazing acting is required, but luckily these actors put in a good effort. These actors took their jobs seriously and made themselves look like professionals in the process. It's certainly something that aids the film and remains a positive factor from beginning to end.

As the lead, Worthington puts on a solid performance as Perseus. Hard hitting action movies appear to be his niche and he is best served sticking with them more than any other genre in film. Most of his performance relies on resiliency and determination and he brought a sizable amount of energy to his role. He's obviously the most important actor overall, but he's also very important in setting the tone of the film. This needed machismo and the "never say die" attitude that goes with it, and that's exactly what he helps bring.

The strongest points come from the battle sequences and the action all together. There's a good deal of it and they don't really make enough time for much else, but I don't think they wanted to. While it's all happening, there's an authentic sense of adventure and danger. Most of it is quick, but there are some lengthy action scenes available as well.

I think this could be what the makers of John Carter wanted to an extent. A fun and satisfying adventure with a heavy orchestral soundtrack blasting in the background. Wrath of the Titans is created in the same vein, but there are some noticeable differences. This movie is shorter, the acting is better overall and so is the action. All of those things are key and essential to the success of this film.

This movie is shorter than John Carter for the simple fact that many of the walking around and traveling scenes are reduced or missing all together. The creators of this movie essentially dive right into the adventure aspects of the film whenever they get the opportunity. In other words, they don't keep you waiting too long.

Was it a great movie? No. Was it a good movie? Yes. It's good because of the entertainment value that it provides and there's only a small amount of downtime in between all that is interesting. That's all I ask of when talking about movies like Wrath of the Titans and that's what's given. It doesn't try to be an epic at all. It does however, try and succeed at being an out-and-out action movie that can provide fun for its audience.

The worst part of Wrath of the Titans for me? That had to be the girl sitting next to me who kept talking and making noise whenever something significant or dramatic happened. I wasn't able to sit in press row, because I showed up late and that seat was the very last one left in the theater. It was either take that seat or go back home and I clearly chose to stay. Because of this, I'm going to make an even better attempt at getting to screenings on time.

Score: 3/5

Rating: PG-13

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Sam Worthington
Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes
Gemma Arterton
Danny Huston
Rosamund Pike
Edgar Ramirez
Bill Nighy
Toby Kebbell
John Bell

Film Length: 99 minutes

Release Date: March 30, 2012

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

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