Wrath Of The Titans Review

Well, I felt something, sure wasn’t a “wrath” though. The 2nd  movie (or 3rd if you’ve been reading the other blogs I’ve posted;  “Clash Of The Titans” or the reboot)
*SPOILERS START HERE*
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) – the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Ramrez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
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The Movie is ok… But thats the most positive thing I can say about it. Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids, or I’m not a soldier. Perseus in this movie had no real “driving force” to propel him to do anything. It wasn’t vengeance motivated like the first movie. Yes, the love for your child is a strong thing (I can only really imagine of course) but either the writers, directors, editors, or the actors (in that order) didn’t know how to convey the message, or the topic was too “in your face” to make this movie as entertaining as one would have hopep.
“Primarily what it is, it’s about fathers and sons. It just happens to have a shit load of monsters, it just happens to be set in a Greek mythological world, but essentially it’s about a father and a son, that’s what it’s about.” – Sam Worthington

Maybe they should have kept Louis Leterrier from the first one. His style is act 1 – action, act 2 – action, Act 3  – action in an epic finale! (see the “Incredible Hulk” movie). The movie fails once we are introduced to “Hephaestus” who tells Perseus to head to the labyrinth to get to Tartarus and that had to be the 3rd worst editing I’ve seen in a movie in quite some time. It drags on for too long and Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor, didn’t help the dreadful scene any.
The audio was decent, nice score for the movie, but nothing worthy to get on a soundtrack CD. The acting was good, as was the casting. Ralph didn’t seem as “Voldemort” as he did in the last movie. Liam was good, he had a weaker, more emotional side that isn’t often seen in his more recent movies. Sam was believable as father… at times. The worst of all was Hephaestus. Bill is a GREAT ACTOR, but in this role… I wasn’t believing anything he said or did.

The highlight of the movie was seeing Zeus and Hades in the trenches. I love action and this is like huge to me because I love seeing the “ultimate” power going in and power housing the battlefield and that just brought this childish nerdy smile to my face. The best moments are defiantly in the later half of the movie.
  • Overall rating of the movie: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 1 out of 5,
  • Editing: 2 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2.8-3 out of 5,
  • CGI: 4 out of 5.
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? If you have a “cheap day” for the movies, then go to see it on that day, if not wait till your rental store has the movie and get it. if you have a 3-D T.v. then yes get that copy. Other than that…

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

2010 Clash Of the Titans Throwback Movie review

As I said this was going to happen. First I’d like to say this: If you are a religious wo/man and have ever faced a time where your faith was really being tested to the point of giving up whatever  faith, in whatever God you believe in seemed like a great idea, you may have a stronger connection to this movie. As a friend of mine said, “Its hard to believe in God, when he takes away everything you found him in”

Now that statement is basically the driving force to this movie in comparison to the 1981 version where it was basically a game between gods and Perseus’ love for Andromeda (that, now that I think about it, was random as ever.)

Princess Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family’s death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa.

Sam Worthington Sam Worthington
Liam Neeson Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes
Jason Flemyng Jason Flemyng
Gemma Arterton Gemma Arterton
Alexa Davalos Alexa Davalos
Tine Stapelfeldt Tine Stapelfeldt
Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen
Luke Evans Luke Evans
Izabella Miko Izabella Miko
Liam Cunningham Liam Cunningham
Hans Matheson Hans Matheson
Ashraf Barhom Ashraf Barhom
Mouloud Achour Mouloud Achour
Ian Whyte Ian Whyte
Bubo
Forever alone since 1981

The plot is basically the same as the 1981 version with a few changes here and there. No bubo this time. In my personal opinion I like most of the updates to this version. The plot is simple, though, its also a flaw when you watch it in comparison, all I kept asking was why is Poseidon just chilling as his brothers are join at each other. plus why aren’t any of the other gods saying anything but just standing there looking pretty? I’m glad they got rid of the “laid out gifts” for Perseus and had him wanting to get revenge for his fallen family and so doing it as a man. The two worst changes may be the introduction of “Io”, SHE DID NOTHING FOR THE MOVIE BUT DIE AND COME BACK BY THE GRACE OF ZEUS?! The other is the use of Calibos. They changed who he was from the original and he just became a none factor really.

Calibos - 1981 (left)
Calibos - 2010(right)

As I said, this movie is more a man who has prayed, lived a decent life, and showed the gods great devotion, only to have the only family he has ever known, killed for sport. That alone is reason to argue this movie is better from the original. Plus I would argue that this movie, even though set in ancient Greek times, is reflective of the times we live in today. Because of the slimmed plot/script/screenplay the adventure to a mystical time is lost. the 80’s were a greatly DIFFERENT time from what we have now.

I really enjoyed the action sequences and the use of CGI. The Kraken is much more intimidating than the miniature one for the 81.

The acting for the most part is okay at best. Felt Hades (Fiennes) seemed too much like Voldemort In my opinion.
The two-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack features a digital copy (located on the DVD).

The special features available on the Blu-ray include:

  • Maximum Movie Mode (length of the movie, plays in a “picture in picture”)
  • Focus Points 35:02
  • Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages 7:56
  • Alternate Ending (SEEN BELOW)
  • Deleted Scenes 18:10

For your viewing pleasure, the alternate ending to this movie

Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 5, cinematography: 3 out of 5, editing: 3.3 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5,: Acting 3 out of 5 Rent-Own? RENT

Look out for the Wrath of the Titans review COMING SOON.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW