Review: WRATH OF THE TITANS

Rating: B-

In ‘Clash of the Titans’ (2010) Perseus (Sam Worthington), the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), battled “minions of the underworld” so Earth and the heavens would not be conquered. In ‘WRATH OF THE TITANS,’ although he is considered a hero for his defeating of the evil Kraken, Perseus wants to live life quietly taking care of his now 10 year old son Helius (John Bell). Perseus embraces his human side more than the godly one and wants to hear nothing of the conflicts in the other world. Zeus warns him there may not be a world left for him to raise his son and Perseus is once again sucked into a battle to save the world from the Titans.

 Based on characters created by Beverly Cross, the story by Greg Berlanti, David Leslie Johnson and Dan Mazcau was developed into a screenplay by Johnson and Mazcau. Director Jonathan Liebesman does a good job with this action adventure full of special effects. ‘WRATH OF THE TITANS’ was filmed in 3D, rather than converted to 3D, but I would probably enjoy it in the 2D version and not spend the extra movie dollars on watching it in 3D. For the die hard mythology fans or those of action adventure, this may provide the thrills they are seeking as an escape from their daily routine. The film will be released in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX on March 30th.

 The three sons of Kronos, a powerful leader, Zeus, the king of the gods and ruler ofMountOlympus, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) god of the underworld and Poseidon (Danny Huston), god of the sea, overthrew him and the Titans ages before. Since humanity is not praying as they once did, they lose their powers and the underworld gains strength to rise from a dungeon known as Tartarus. Poseidon turns to dust early in the film and to the underworld’s advantage, Hades and Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), the god of war, are traitorous, turning on Zeus in a deal with Kronos.

 The warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and the fallen god, Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), all help Perseus to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind. When the film moves to the scenes when Perseus is building his team of these characters, it became much more entertaining for me with the extra dose of humor this story needs (especially if a viewer is not a fan of Greek mythology). Kebbell and Nighy’s lines were good and they delivered them well. It is no wonder their personalities landed them where they were found by Perseus!

 Andromeda, the princess whose life Perseus once saved, and is now a queen, does not hestitate to follow Perseus into battle. There is some chemistry there between the two, so is this a hint Perseus may have a potential step-mother for Helius in the next film? Let’s see what happens in a couple of years.

 It will be helpful to view the film ‘Clash of the Titans’ first to get a better feel for the backstory for Perseus and between the trio of brothers that are from the godly world. It is possible some viewers can enjoy this film without doing so and enjoy it on its own merits. I am still not sold on paying full price for it, but a matinee price will work.  

 Edgar Filiberto Ramirez [Ares]

 

The 34-year-old Venezuelan actor Edgar Filiberto Ramirez began his acting career in 2003 in ‘Cosita Rica’ (a soap opera) then made his major motion picture debut in 2005, playing Choco, Domino Harvey’s love interest in the film ‘Domino.’ He was also in ‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ ‘Vantage Point,’ ‘Che’ and ‘Carlos’,

His childhood was spent traveling in different countries and he speaks five languages fluently: Spanish, German, English, French and Italian.

 

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