Friday, June 7, 2013

PCP on DVD - Wrath of the Titans

Despite being only so-so (read my review here), the 2010 remake Clash of the Titans made just enough money at the box office to warrant a sequel, Wrath of the Titans.  Was it worth watching?  Surprisingly, it sort of was.  At least it was better than the first one, though only marginally.

Wrath of the Titans - 2012, rated PG-13.  My rating - 7 out of 10.

Wrath of the Titans picks up a decade after Clash of the Titans ends.  Gone is Perseus' (Sam Worthington) love interest, Io, killed off before the film begins, but otherwise the core cast from the first film returns, especially Liam Neeson's Zeus and Ralph Fiennes' Hades. Once again, the Gods of Mount Olympus need the help of the demigod Perseus to save ancient Greece, this time from the boss Titan himself, Kronos.

The film is more action than the first one, in part because we don't need as much backstory or introduction to the characters because the writers presume the audience has seen Clash.  The acting isn't really any better than the first film, but at least the film looks better than Clash, as the special effects were better designed.  This time the CGI baddies include chimeras, cyclopses, a minotaur, Makhai, and Kronos, seen in the poster as the giant lava monster thing.  At least the film sticks closer to Greek mythology than Clash of the Titans did, but it still bastardizes a lot of the mythology, killing off several major Greek deities for the film.  I'm not sure how they are going to do yet another sequel in this franchise having killed off so many of the Gods, but apparently one is in development.  On the other hand, the God of War videogame series killed off plenty of Gods yet they kept finding ways to make that franchise expand, so I guess the writers can come up with a way to make a sequel.  Maybe with the 3rd one in this series they'll finally make a great one, but it is unlikely due to the law of diminishing returns.

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