Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Wrath of the Titans

Carole Mallory


Whose Wrath? The Wrath of the Titans

A two-headed monster breathing fire is the first monster to greet you in 3D. A terrifying beginning to Wrath of the Titans, sequel to Clash of the Titans as this dragon- like monster plunders a town only to be outwitted by Sam Worthington who plays Perseus in grand style. A few stabs with a magical knife as Perseus jumps on one of this monster's heads and kills him only after 10 minutes into this film. Special effects are splendid as is this story, straight out of Greek mythology. What better motivation for screenwriters David Johnson and Dan Mazeau than the Greeks, and what a tour de force this film is for action aficionados.
Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles ) keeps the drama intense, which seems an impossibility considering the opening of the film, but the ending is a crash and burn drama of great magnitude as Kronos, the youngest of the Titans and god of time, rears his evil head to threaten destruction of the universe.
The film begins a decade after Perseus's defeat of the monstrous Kraken; he is attempting to live a quiet life in a fishing village where he is raising his 10-year-old son Helius (John Bell). But the gods will not allow Perseus his well deserved peace. He must battle a band of Cyclops and eventually fight flaming four-armed warriors with two torsos.
Liam Neeson, a perfect Zeus, is captured by his evil son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) to be banished to the evils of the underworld.
"Our people have stopped praying and we have lost our power," Zeus laments. Perseus mounts his savior Pegasus and flies to enlist the help of warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) whose hairdresser should get star billing, as during the near destruction of the universe, her ringlets remain tack. (A little mud in her hair would have brought this production back down to earth.)
Poseidon's demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and fallen God Hephaestus played with panache, verve, and wit by Bill Nighy unite to rescue Zeus from the cavernous underworld. Flying horse Pegasus makes a bad landing and Perseus falls off of him which lends humor to Pegasus's undisputed godly powers.
But Hades and Ares have made a deal with the imprisoned Titans, led by Kronos, and captured their father Zeus. The Titans strength increases as they drain Zeus of his power. As Hades tortures Zeus, he says to him with disgust, "You're sweating like a human. Next it will be tears."
Perseus must save the day and the universe from the evils of the Titans of the underworld led by Kronos. Can a demigod triumph over a Titan? See this film and find out. Amidst all its terror, Wrath of the Titans is fun and a good watch.

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