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Film Review: Wrath of The Titans

Despite dealing with Gods, Titans and flying horses, the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans was tedious and lacked any of the original’s charm. But with the back-story now established and the whole of Greek mythology to play with, I hoped that Wrath of the Titans could be less dull and a more imaginative spectacle than its predecessor; perhaps like the original original?

Ten years after defeating the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) lives a peaceful life as a fisherman with his son. Meanwhile, weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the Gods surrender control of the gaoled Titans. After making a deal with the Titans’ formidable leader Kronos, the traitorous Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Édgar Ramírez) capture Zeus (Liam Neeson), King of the Gods. With Armageddon raging on Earth and the Titans’ strength growing, Perseus must return to action.

Most of the issues that plagued the 2010 Clash are shared by Wrath. The dialogue creaks by, with the plot basics frequently explained again, since the writers don’t seem to trust the audience to remember a story that goes: Perseus gets a task, he doesn’t want to do it yet does it, fights mythical creature on the way. Repeat for 100 minutes. The gods and monsters Perseus encounters resemble shiny plastic, so they’re not going to inspire awe, which causes problems for the people on and off the screen. Ray Harryhausen’s stop motion effects in the 80s Clash may be showing their age but they were “real”, had energy and are still impressive to see.

There are some positive changes. Sam Worthington still grumbles, however he grumbles in a thicker Australian accent, which oddly made me less confused since I didn’t keep wondering what accent he was trying to do. Though for a lead, and a Demi-God no less, he’s critically lacking in charisma. There’re plenty of decent actors around him [(Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy) all mostly with beards since evidently that’s what Gods have] but matching the beings they play, they never wow you like they ought to. The numerous family rivalry subplots they all have become totally uninteresting since you don’t care about anyone involved. Similarly, the writers threw in an utterly redundant romance for the allure-less Perseus, probably because they killed his wife off before the film even starts and his role might’ve seemed a bit too homoerotic without her.

Although the film regularly repeats how important one’s humanity is, Wrath of the Titans reminded me more of a piece of factory machinery. It’s loud, large, expensive and without any signs of life. Disturbingly it even leaves itself open for another possible sequel. Overall, Wrath is just as good as Clash, and that was awful.

-Jon Bartholomew

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