Movie Reviews: Wrath of the Titans




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     Warner Brothers (99 min)
     Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.
     Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike
Bottom Line:

Jonathan McMillan

I have to admit I was very apprehensive when I got the call to review the screening of this sequel to the 2010 lackluster remake. Although the first movie was somewhat entertaining, it didn't live up to the expectations of my 10-year inner-child who fell in love with the 1981 original. As a matter of fact in my review of that film I stated that remaking the cult classic was a classic example of not knowing when to quit while you’re ahead.

And to top it off, in an attempt to capitalize on the success that Avatar, the producers of 2010s remake added 3-D effects in post-production which made the movie a visual train wreck that was absolutely torturous to watch. However after seeing the trailer to Wrath of the Titans, my interest was piqued by the scope of the special effects and the hopes that Warner Bros. studio learned from their mistakes.

I'm very glad to say; my hopes were not dashed.

Finally, movie-making technology has advanced to do justice to the stories that the Greek storytellers captured our imaginations with for thousands of years. Wrath of the Titans is 99 minutes of 3-D computer generated imagery that accurately projects on screen what the world of "gods and titans" must have looked like. Rather than the original intent of the Greek myths to serve as moral parables, the plot of Wrath of the Titans serves only to show the truly awesome capabilities of what Hollywood technology can do now-a-days. The cinematography renders astonishing beautiful landscapes upon which two-headed fire spewing monsters and the sort, wreck havoc and attempt to kill our Perseus (Sam Worthington of Avatar) and his crew.

Technically the film is about Perseus' heroes journey to save the Olympian gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades (respectively played by super actors: Liam Neeson, Danny Huston and Ralph Fiennes) from the wrath of their mythological father the titan Cronos.

Never mind the plot and its stars though. The movie really is just a vehicle showcasing a world of amazingly "realistic" rendered one-eyed creatures 20 stories tall called Cyclopes who attempt to smash our protagonists with towering tree trunks. A world where a half-man/ half bull creature called a Minotaur stalks our heroes in a baffling M.C, Escher-esque ever shifting labyrinth. I whole-heartedly believe scenes like these are what today’s 3-D technology is made for.

Unlike the 2010 movie, the audience which will enjoy this movie will be broader than (as I said in my last review) "a very specific target audience – those made of snips of snails and puppy dog tails" because the CGI and 3-D special effects are so awesome that this movie is overall, very entertaining. Don't look for it on the list of Best Picture nominees during Academy-Award season, however, I wouldn't be surprised if it did win some Oscars in some of the technical categories.



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