I am not one of these that was overly fascinated with the original Clash of the Titans. It seems that since the remake people have placed that film on an undeserved pedestal. The remake was CGI packed and had some good action but it was not a very memorable film and certainly lacked the campy feel of the original. A few years later we get a sequel despite the fact that the remake did not do that well in the box office. With a new director, a worthy script and an early spring release Wrath should do ok in the box office. For my taste I did not think too much of this film either. The special effects and some of the creature creation is really good. Seeing the lava monster known as Kronos, father to Zeus, Hades and Poseidon, is a marvel. I also really enjoyed the look of the Chimera and whatever those ash monster things were with the two torso facing opposite directions.
The story is rather simple but certainly has more of a tragic/emotional edge to it even if it didn’t work for me. Hades and Zeus’ son Aries have conspired to release Kronos from his prison in Tartarus. Now Perseus, played by Sam Worthington, who is just awful, has to attempt to stop the release of the father of all Titans before he can destroy the world. That doesn’t sound all bad, but the execution just does come through the same. The tension is not there and the threat to the world is hardly noticed. The threat to Perseus and his crew is the focus and even that is poorly executed. The only people who die are the extras that you never get to know.
For those looking for a special effects battle royal and thinking Wrath of the Titans is exactly what you need, slow your roll. Unfortunately the film has two good action sequences, one at the beginning and one at the end. What comes in between is a lot of slow-moving story and some really bad acting. If you are going to check out this film then I would recommend either waiting for DVD or do like I did and check out the first showing at Cinemark Theaters. That first showing is the cheapest of the day. I would also avoid paying extra for 3-D. I saw the 2-D version and can not image I would be any happier with the film after a $3 surcharge.
More and more it seems that going to the movie theaters is just not for me. I still plan on going to see the big event films like The Avengers or Dark Knight Rises, but for the mid tier stuff I think I will wait for the DVD or for it to stream online. If you are looking to watch online movies for free then why not visit LOVEFiLM where you can sign up to a 30 day free trial. There is thousands of films available including the prequel to Wrath of the Titans. For my money it just seems like a better way to go. Which is sad because going to the theaters use to be such a staple for me, but they have simply priced me out of it.
As a side note, before the film we saw a preview for Battlefield America. A movie about punk kids in some kind of “you got served” esqe dance off movie. Sweet lord does this look like utter crap. As a father I pray to the heavens and the father above that my child never grows into the punk, douche-bag, disrespectful, disobedient, holier than thou a-holes that I saw in that trailer.