I Saw A Film Today… Wrath of the Titans

Where has originality gone in Hollywood? I read an interesting little tidbit the other day. In 1981, eight out of the top ten grossing films were original screenplays. Last year, none of the films were original screenplays. Then again, someone did point out that the year selected can be misleading. In 1980 for example there were only five original screenplays. But still, zero? Why is that? In a time of remake after remake, why can we not seem to produce something fresh?

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Years after defeating the Kraken, demi-god Perseus (Sam Worthington) is moving on with his life as a fisherman. He raises his son Helius (John Bell) without his love lo (portrayed by Gemma Arterton in Clash) and lives a relatively mundane life. That is until daddy Zeus (Liam Neeson) comes down and gives Perseus a visit.

As the people have over time stopped praying to the gods, their powers have grown weaker. Soon he and the other gods will all die away. And at the same time the walls of the underworld prison Tartarus are breaking, releasing monsters upon the world. And it is now up to Perseus, gorgeous Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), and the demi-god Agenor (Toby Kebbell) to go to hell (literally) and back to save the world.

Really if you have seen the Clash of the Titans remake a few years ago, then there really is no reason to see Wrath outside of the fact of if you want to see more Sam Worthington action sequences. There just really isn’t much of anything new or interesting here. It was boring. I was getting heavy-eyed with more than forty-five minutes left.

I’ve heard that the 3-D is an improvement over its predecessor. If it is than the 3-D version of Clash must have been really terrible. The film may have looked good but if you had the misfortune of seeing this in the stereoscopic technology, then you were treated for your choice of paying extra money by having muddled scenery and action sequences. Why films that insist on using 3-D are also the ones with frequent dark scenes is beyond me. And the technology was not even utilized well. I retract that actually. It wasn’t used at all.

Sam Worthington is more comfortable this time around as Perseus. Sure, not a lot has changed about him but he is at least more relaxed in the role. Hey, he even says most of the lines without mumbling. Credit where credit is due.  Toby Kebbell, whom I believe to be one the most underrated actors today, is pretty well in this. Not his best work but still decent work. The rest of the cast is well enough also. Liam Neeson has more screen time but for those looking for him to say another “release the Kraken” like line, you will be disappointed. Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Danny Huston, and Bill Nighy all are adequate as well, so underused.

There really wasn’t anything special about Wrath. And as I look at the word count at the bottom of the page, not much to say either. It just didn’t leave much of an impression.

Verdict: SKIP IT!

*Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action.

 

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One Response to “I Saw A Film Today… Wrath of the Titans”

  1. pretty much as I expected it to be.

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