Matt Adcock’s film review: Wrath Of The Titans

“You’re sweating like a human... next it will be tears.”

Monday, 2nd April 2012, 5:19 am

Yes, for some reason we have been given a bombastic sequel to the Greek god bothering action flick Clash of the Titans.

In the first film Perseus (Sam Worthington), mortal son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), battled various minions of the underworld including the monstrous Kraken to stop them from conquering the Earth and the heavens.

Well, a demigod’s work is never done and now Perseus must venture into the underworld to save his dear old dad before Kronos – his own evil grandfather – along with Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramírez) can unleash hell on earth.

Zeus and his immortal pals have been dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, and due to our failure to pray to the gods, they are losing control of the imprisoned Titans who, as the title of the film indicates _ aren’t happy.

However, their wrath comes across as a bit toothless, though I guess ‘The Slight Miffed-ness Of The Titans’ would not look so strong on the posters…

Also caught up in this vaguely underwhelming mythical creature smackdown is warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s own demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and B-list god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), not to mention several even more minor characters who are the most obvious candidates not to make it through to the end credits.

Will Perseus bravely make it through his treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind whilst also overcoming devilish traps devised just to show off the CGI heavy 3D? Take a wild guess – but that isn’t to say that Wrath of the Titans doesn’t deliver some moments of entertainment. The 3D is much improved from the first film, too.

Wrath Of The Titans is by now means a classic and it suffers massively from a limp plot for which no amount of special effects can compensate.

I saw this with my son James, aged 11, who told me that it was “fun if you know your Greek gods” – not exactly high praise from the core demographic.

These gods suffer badly from having been out muscled by other interpretations of them such as the awesome God of War games on the PS3.

Anyone who has read the Percy Jackson books or who really enjoyed the original Clash Of The Titans’ may well want to take a look, but others have no reason to check out these mediocre myths and monsters.