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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Sam Worthington
Ralph Fiennes
Liam Neeson
Danny Huston
Edgar Ramirez
Bill Nighy
Toby Kebbell
Rosamund Pike.
Directors
Jonathan Liebesman.
Screenwriters
Dan Mazeau
David Leslie Johnson.
Running Time
99 minutes

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Wrath Of The Titans
We Bought A Zeus


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Plot
Years after the events of Clash, Perseus (Worthington) is living with his son as a simple fisherman. He’s called to arms when Hades (Fiennes) and Ares (Ramirez) conspire to imprison Zeus (Neeson) and use his power to free the Titans. Perseus must join Queen Andromeda (Pike) and save the world.


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Wrath Of The Titans
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The good news about the Clash Of The Titans sequel is that, unlike its predecessor, it actually contains Titans. It’s also a feast for the eyes, a beautifully designed world full of odd monsters and well-conceived action sequences. Unfortunately for all involved, it appears that the filmmakers were exhausted by these monstrous set-pieces, and left the character and dialogue to fend for themselves in a world of confusion and distraction.

So for every brilliantly executed booby-trapped forest chase, Cyclops attack or holocaust-by-monstrous-lava-being, there are ten lame father/son and sibling rivalry scenes. Neeson’s noble Zeus must try to win over Worthington’s Perseus and Ralph Fiennes’ returning, embittered Hades and Edgar Ramirez’ simmering, brutal Ares – despite years of neglecting them all. Zeus, Hades and their brother Poseidon (Danny Huston) face the possible escape of their father, the aforementioned enormous lava monster Kronos. And Perseus finds himself at odds with half-brother Ares and seeking his cousin Agenor (Toby Kebbell, trying hard to add some comic relief) in order to save the world. These exclusively male, soapy dramas take a bizarre turn when Zeus becomes an almost Christ-like figure and starts going about forgiving people. Don’t they know we prefer Neeson’s other particular set of skills?

With Gemma Arterton’s Io killed off before the film even starts, it’s left to Rosamund Pike to step into the lone female role of Andromeda, replacing Alexa Davalos – although if you’re going to give her this little to do, why bother? The love story here doesn’t even aspire to be perfunctory, and while Pike plays the warrior queen up as best she can, there’s little to work with.

It all feels so slapdash. Accents are a strictly come-as-you-are affair, while the script is filled with American clangers despite the lack of Yankee voices. So (Aussie) Perseus’ (British) son does “chores” and (British) Bill Nighy’s fun but OTT Ephestus greets him in amazement with, “You’re Perseus, son of Zeus! Release the Kraken and all of that!” Might as well add a “ZOMG”; it would ring as true. It’s not particularly the cast’s fault: someone signed off on this script.

Still, it does look good, and the fights largely impress. The 3D is, unforgiveably given the reception of the first film, another post-conversion job. It’s a better one, but backgrounds are still blurred and the handheld camera work sometimes jars. A disappointment on every level beyond the design, this could and should have been much better.


Verdict
If even a tenth of the care and attention lavished on the production design and action sequences had been afforded the script, this could have been an adventure of legendary proportions. As it is, this fizzles whenever anyone opens their mouths.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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Despair of the Titans

When I bought this film I thought it would be a pretty good movie. But from near the start it started to go downhill. It didn’t keep to Greek mythology much. To start of with Tartarus was suppose to be a pit inside a god not a prison like structure. Then you have the pitiful amount of gods and titans actually included with names in the film. Personally I count six. Then you have the scenes in the labyrinth. The real problem there was the Minotaur. You would imagine a Minotaur as a bull sta... More

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Posted by CJacklin98 at 10:28, 20 December 2013 | Report This Post


Despair of the Titans

When I bought this film I thought it would be a pretty good movie. But from near the start it started to go downhill. It didn’t keep to Greek mythology much. To start of with Tartarus was suppose to be a pit inside a god not a prison like structure. Then you have the pitiful amount of gods and titans actually included with names in the film. Personally I count six. Then you have the scenes in the labyrinth. The real problem there was the Minotaur. You would imagine a Minotaur as a bull sta... More

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Posted by CJacklin98 at 10:28, 20 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Wrath Of The Titans

L: Phubbs but what I really can't get my head around is why this sequel looks BETTERhe first!. Worthington's curly hair adds at least 70% more comedy value. ... More

Posted by UTB at 21:12, 22 November 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Wrath Of The Titans

L: spamandham Better than the hunger games. a ha ha ha ha ha ha ... More

Posted by theoriginalcynic at 18:32, 22 November 2012 | Report This Post


I actually didn't mind the Clash remake- I prefer the original because of its sentimental value to be honest, I grew up watching it. But what in the name of Zeus is going on here? Worthington and Berlanti both went on and on about how bad the previous film was and how much they needed to improve upon it. And then you get Toby Kebbel and Rosamund Pike joining the excellent Fiennes and Neeson and heck, even Danny Huston made it on to the fucking screen this time (having been savagley cut from the ... More

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Posted by sweetladybrick at 23:14, 22 June 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Wrath Of The Titans

Wrath of the Titans Colour me amazed! what in the name of Greek buggery has happened here?! The first film was a complete and utter abomination which brought shame upon Hollywood, it wasn't good enough to buff the boots of the original. I still don't think anyone knows what Harryhausen thought of it. So I didn't have high hopes for this sequel, which I think is understandable. But to my amazement this franchise has done a complete U-turn and actually come up with a semi decent film, ... More

Posted by Phubbs at 06:52, 20 June 2012 | Report This Post


Wrath of the Titans Review

Its 3D effects and action sequences are an improvement over its predecessor's, but in nearly every other respect, Wrath of the Titans fails to improve upon the stilted acting, wooden dialogue, and chaos-driven plot of the franchise's first installment. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 22:33, 14 April 2012 | Report This Post


Good Fun!!!!

Surprisngly enjoyable fantasy romp!! It starts off simply enough as Perseus has now a son and has become a simple fisherman. But all goes awry when Hades and Ares conspire to imprison Zues and free the Titans. what follows are some splendid action set-pieces, everything from a 3 way cyclops battle, to skirmishes with otherworldy 2 headed beasts to the towering finale with the HUGE Kronos lava creature. The prodution design and detail in this fantasy world is quite staggering in places, ... More

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Posted by Ramone87 at 18:48, 07 April 2012 | Report This Post


God-awful

only went to see this as there seems to be almost zero choice out there. Was expecting bad, and got it in spades. If this movie was made in the 60s, 70s, or 80s at least there would have been some bizarre Shakespearian monologues, entertaining nonsense about riddles of steel, and almost certainly Persius and Andromeda having a good passionate fuck. The actress was in a skirt and we didn't see even a single shot of her legs. Too much for a 12 rating? Just boring, boring, boring, boring, boring ... More

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Posted by BatSpider at 10:07, 07 April 2012 | Report This Post


Worthington seemed to be channeling Max Ramsey from neighbours and the script was slightly comical at times but my nephew thought it was better than 'That one from the 1900s' he saw a few weeks ago and Neeson and Fiennes looked as though they were enjoying themselves, 3D was'nt worth the extra money though ... More

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Posted by wlucas at 18:45, 06 April 2012 | Report This Post


ok...ish!

Fun but annoying something was missing,too much by the numbers not enough titans. Same ending as the first..it is done well and looks really good,i think the cast had so much fun the first time that they thaught it would be cool again but you can see the glint in the eyes say oh bollox this is work. ... More

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Posted by satchwannad at 09:16, 06 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Best Easter film out there

Just me or was The Kraken much more threatening and cool with much more suspense leading up to and payoff after we eventually do see him than bloody Cronus?? ... More

Posted by flickoftheswitch at 01:42, 06 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Best Easter film out there

Seen it at Sheffields brand new IMAX in 3D today and thought it very good popcorn stuff. Empire are as wrong about this as they were about the Simpsons movie. edit: i was, in no way, swayed by the IMAX thingy or the 3D jiggery pokery. ... More

Posted by Beno at 16:51, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


Best Easter film out there

Again this is Empire getting it totally WRONG again. A totally entertaining film in every way. The Hunger Games gets 4 stars!? Really? Hunger was more entertaining that Wrath? Honestly? I don't think so. ... More

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Posted by lelandmeeks at 16:30, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Wrath Of The Titans

I really enjoyed this one. (Thought the first one was a pile of shit) Some good/great action sequences (Bar the ultra confusing and messy Minotaur fight, I thought Liebesman did a far better job than he did on Battle:LA) , fantastic effects and more screentime for Neeson and Fiennes. The 3D was non-existant (Getting tired of writing that for every single 3D film released, but as they tend to be the version shoved in the Imax screen, I have to grin and bare it), bar maybe three in your face ... More

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Posted by captainrentboy at 15:45, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Wrath Of The Titans

Better than the hunger games. ... More

Posted by spamandham at 19:00, 04 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Only 2 stars........ C,mon Empire...

Though certainly not great, I found this is a significant improvement on the dreary first movie, one seems to remember to actually be fun and, while the script has its problems, the action and effects are pretty spectacular, especially the climactic Kronos scenes which are CGT spectacle at it's very best. Once again though, as with so many films at the moment, it is severly let down by the horrible way in which lots of the action is shot. God forbid we should be able to actually SEE what is g... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 17:21, 04 April 2012 | Report This Post


Only 2 stars........ C,mon Empire...

Only 2 stars, I wasn't a big fan of clash of the titans..... But due to the star rating you have given, I wasnt going to watch wrath, I'm glad I gave it a chance. The film delivers what you expect from a fantasy adventure. I think the Empire reviewer needs watch the movie with a open mind. Much better than immortals..... That nearly bored me to death. ... More

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Posted by Naiilyboy at 16:32, 04 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: normal action

L: Sanya Don't give woman to review such movies, they just don't get it like we don't get their passion for lame dramas and that's normal irst warning Sanya - rules on sexist posting are in the Empire Online sub-forum. So please keep this drivel off the site. ... More

Posted by elab49 at 18:19, 03 April 2012 | Report This Post


Dirty

What I'd like to know is why couldn't Perseus have wiped his face on a cloth here and there? And it looks like something is living in his hair! At least give us ladies something to look at! ... More

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Posted by Enzino at 15:28, 03 April 2012 | Report This Post


Dirty

What I'd like to know is why couldn't Perseus have wiped his face on a cloth here and there? And it looks like something is living in his hair! At least give us ladies something to look at! ... More

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Posted by Enzino at 15:27, 03 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: just because!

I saw this last night, went in with little hope after being disapointed at clash of the titans, however found it very entertaining. The acting was quite poor throughout but the storyline was interesting and the film production was excellent. My only complaint was that some parts were too unrealistic, I know its a fantasy film but there were points where I was thinking "he would so be dead right now" etc!! Don't bother seeing it in 3D, we did only because it was the most convenient time. ... More

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Posted by yazoo88 at 09:44, 03 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: just because!

I saw it yesterday. Can't really remember much about it though. Nope, nothing really memorable unfortunately. ... More

Posted by Kayotik at 17:46, 02 April 2012 | Report This Post


just because!

just because I feel this is being unfairly slated by some reviewers I thought I would post another rating on how entertained I was! ... More

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Posted by dannyfletch at 10:43, 02 April 2012 | Report This Post


A Kraken Shame

Everyone above the line should take some responsibility because if it weren't for the art and VFX departments there simply wouldn't be a movie to watch. I sort of feel bad for Sam Worthington as well because he really wanted this to be awesome and shot in proper 3D etc. but clearly the studio didn't want to take his ideas on board. They should have. Mind you, Battle Los Angeles had the same problem so maybe Liebesman needs to take a class on story structure? ... More

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Posted by Nicky C at 10:13, 02 April 2012 | Report This Post


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