Wrath of the Titans (2012)
Reviewer: Charity Bishop
More serious scholars of Greek mythology find a lot to
hate in these big-screen adaptations of classic myths, but
for the easygoing audience, it's mindless fun.
Eight years have passed since Perseus (Sam Worthington)
defeated the Kraken and chose to live among mortals rather
than follow in his father's footsteps. His wife has passed
into the afterlife, leaving him to bring up their son. But
atheism amongst the people has rid them of most of the gods,
and unbeknown to him, the underworld is rife with strife...
for Zeus (Liam Neeson) has been captured and imprisoned in
the immortal prison for the gods. Hades (Ralph Fiennes)
hopes to barter his brother's power in exchange for his own
survival, to their tyrannical Titan father, long since
imprisoned. Together with the beautiful Princess Andromeda (Rosamund
Pike) and his feckless cousin, another demi-god Agenor (Toby
Kebbell), Perseus must travel into the underworld to rescue
There is not a lot of plot to this film but the momentum
propels it forward. Its weaknesses are the same as in the
original -- not a lot of character development, particularly
among the gods. There are some rather large holes in the
logic behind the script, such as how the masses have ceased
praying to the gods, and why some of the gods are powerful
enough to "end" other gods. (Is it because they are still
prayed to, or because they are younger?) Hades switches
sides frequently, although it is cool to see Zeus and he
team up together to fight a common enemy toward the end. The
casting of Rosamund Pike brings a nice clarity to the group
and she has great chemistry with her costar. Other familiar
faces pop in and out, as well as gods that appear and are
just as quickly destroyed or banished. There's also some
neat glimpses into creatures from Greek mythology -- one
eyed giants, fire monsters, and so forth.
Admittedly, the script is very thin but the movie isn't
professing to be much more than an action film hinged around
mythological aspects (and most of them are so far from the
original myth as to be laughable). It never tries to be
anything more than it is, and thus gives off no false sense
of self-importance. It's simply fun, and now and again
that's a nice thing to sit through. The religious element is
unusual, a god system that relies entirely on worship to
remain effective -- without the worship of the masses, the
gods can be killed and crumbled into dust. Though much is
made of Perseus's demi-god status, no time is given to
explanations about the imprisonment of Zeus and Hades'
father, nor his origins.
If you want something to sink your teeth into, look
elsewhere. If you want a mindless couple of hours of pure
entertainment watching some of the finest actors in the
business ham it up as gods, set out to experience the Wrath
of the Titans.
warfare and catastrophe -- fire creatures
incinerating entire towns, gods unleashing hell on
mankind, and a few brutal individual smack downs
between demi-gods that end in death.