Wrath of the Titans (2012)

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Released:  Friday, March 30, 2012  
Length:  101 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: Wrath of the Titans is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


Synopsis

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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 (Danny 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 (Edgar Ramirez), 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 (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

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Warner Bros. Developing Clash of the Titans 3  11/03/2011 11:53 AM EST
Warner Bros. is currently in the process of developing a third "Clash of the Titans" film.  Even thought the second on the franchise, "Wrath of the Titans", will be released in 5 months, the studio is wasting no time laying out a plot for the third.  It is said that it will see a return of Perseus as well as a "sidekick" of sorts, Agenor."Wrath of the Titans" is slated for a March 30, 2012 release...  More>>

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Wrath of the Titans Theatrical Review


This sequel called Wrath of the Titans happens to be one of those films that if you hadn't seen the first one, you may get a little lost in the plot. Not, that the plot is very difficult here, but read the following film description and you male tweens to twenties should get the idea even if you haven't seen Clash of the Titans.
 
A decade after his heroic battle with the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) the half god half human son of Zeus (Liam Neeson) who has forsaken his father has settled down as a fisherman in a small village with his now10-year-old son, Helius. One day flying dragon-like monsters with intent on killing Perseus attacks his town. No longer able to stay in the region he sets out from his village to find the reason for the disturbance.
 
In the meantime a struggle is going on for supremacy amongst the gods with Zeus being tricked into captivity by his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes).  Weak due to the lack of devotion from humans Zeus starts to loose his strength to fight off Hades.  Now locked away in the depths of a gloomy fiery abyss called Tartarus, Zeus finds himself about to die.  In a desperate chance for survival he appeals to his other brother Poseidon for help. When Poseidon gets word to Perseus an alliance gets set up between Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) in an attempt to save Zeus.
 
Acting by the whole cast including the extras had to be extremely difficult on a set that had nothing by basic features.  With vast desolate landscapes, ancient interiors, fiery caverns, rock covered battlefields, animated monsters and smoke filled skies being CGI the cast had to act like everything is real.  My hat goes off for their genuine performances as it's hard to tell where the realism begins and the animation takes over.
 
The true fun here doesn't really need an involving story because the film rolls out with a simple ‘lets save dad' and it's that simple premise that controls the action packed adventure.  It's all about the computer graphic special effects combined with 3D filming that makes this movie work.  Totally amazing in special depth of field visuals that in several cases take the audience on a roller coaster ride to the center of the Earth or into a fiery flight on Pegasus during a fight between Perseus and Kronos. At one point I could see Perseus on Pegasus flying from the audience into the screen. The 3D in this film certainly puts a lot of other productions to shame and sets the bar high, it's that good.
 
Jonathan Liebesman who keeps the action happening on the screen during nearly every minute of the hour and a half film keenly directs this cool fantasy film.  In some cases the battles are so intense it's hard to take it all in as they fight to the death.  All of his monstrous characters out do the Kracken from Clash of the Titans.  In Wrath he pits a nasty three headed chimera against Perseus while defending his village, three huge Cyclops attacking Andromeda, Agenor, and Perseus in the woods, soldiers fighting off an army of two-bodied Makhai and other unique predators. It's the kind of fun entertainment that those liking this genre will take home and share with friends.
 
The adventure takes a special turn when Andromeda, Agenor, Hephaestus and Perseus enter the labyrinth that leads to where Zeus is being held captive. The CGI constructed labyrinth actually amazes me, a stone tower with huge thick stoned walls that constantly move changing the layout of the interior.  The camera follows them as they traverse from one moving corridor to another giving the audience surprises at every turn. This happens to be the highlight of the film for me and I commend the artists, computer programmers, production supervisors, choreographers and of course the fine eye of Director Liebesman.
 
Wrath of the Titans has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action.  If your Tween plays X-Box games of this genre than they have already seen it all.
 
FINAL ANALYSIS: For the target audience and die-hard fantasy lovers it's great. (B)

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