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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
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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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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 'd appreciate it if you didn't speak on behalf of me. ... More

Posted by Whistler at 23:31, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


Interviews?

So which actor got to screw the journo? ... More

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Posted by ChicksHands at 23:13, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Appalling

L: Rgirvan44 This is pretty awful - and actully quite small scale as well. The quest is so lazy. For example; EXT. BOAT. DAYTIME: "We must sail on this sea to find an island that may not even exist!" *Another scene elsewhere EXT.BOAT.DAYTIME: "We have found the island!" I mean, surely if you set something like that up, you need to have the heroes earn the ability to find the damn place. So dull, so empty and I don't think anyone in front or behind the camera really ca... More

Posted by superdan at 22:44, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Appalling

This is pretty awful - and actully quite small scale as well. The quest is so lazy. For example; EXT. BOAT. DAYTIME: "We must sail on this sea to find an island that may not even exist!" *Another scene elsewhere EXT.BOAT.DAYTIME: "We have found the island!" I mean, surely if you set something like that up, you need to have the heroes earn the ability to find the damn place. So dull, so empty and I don't think anyone in front or behind the camera really cared. ... More

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Posted by Rgirvan44 at 22:12, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


Appalling

Easily, one of the worst films ever made. Empire have been generous, the action sequences are shit. The whole thing is shit. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 21:34, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: normal action

and when was any blockbuster released with such quantity and quality of action, logical script , not bad humour ? ... More

Posted by Sanya at 21:05, 01 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 ey amoeba, that's the boss lady you're talking about with your moronic comment. I like that she sometimes gives modern blockbusters the kick in the nads they deserve. ... More

Posted by BatSpider at 20:53, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


Feel The Wrath!

Utter dross in every department - poorly acted, directed - the 3D is awful - unbelievably badly written - but the worst thing of all is that is it just plain boring. Another example of a modern blockbuster driven by special effects rather than script. ... More

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Posted by vipey at 20:28, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


normal action

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 ... More

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Posted by Sanya at 14:17, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


Tot, but enjoyable tot

Empire's review is pretty much bob on - the dialogue is pap, the acting at times is ridiculously hammy (Bill Nighy, I'm talking about you!), but the effects and landscapes are brilliant, rattling things along nicely and **spoiler alert** when two of England's finest, Mr Neeson and Mr Fiennes double-team their big daddy, I almost, almost whooped. I retained my dignity though, and grant Wrath three stars because it's noisy in all the right places, visually stunning and enjoyable on the big screen.... More

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Posted by MusicLovesYou at 11:01, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


great entertainment!

I watched this yesterday in 3D and found myself greatly entertained from start to finish. Okay so it hasn't got the best dialogue or character development but who cares! Some films are allowed to be just plain entertaining without having to have fucking Shakespearian dialogue or deep characters! The action is pretty non-stop and Fiennes and Neeson get some decent screen time together. I will happily purchase on blu-ray and watch again! ... More

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Posted by dannyfletch at 09:49, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


Wrath of the review

So very disappointing. Avoid if possible. ... More

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Posted by HERMES_67 at 19:17, 31 March 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Wrath of the Titans Review

Like the last one I'll wait until its on Sky and keep my expectations pretty low. I enjoyed Clash of the Titans but not so much I would run to the cinema to see its sequel. ... More

Posted by Dirk Miggler at 09:32, 31 March 2012 | Report This Post


Wrath of the Titans Review

Its 3D effects 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 22:20, 30 March 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Enjoyable

Just a massive jumble of a film the script was here, there & everywhere we are supposed to beleave what he's now what maybe 15 years older still with his bloody Aussie accent the only saving graces were Fienes & Kebble(1 of Britains/worlds more underated Actors). Stupid question i've always wondered why is Hercules never mentioned? ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 15:56, 30 March 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Enjoyable

Worst than clash of the Titans and film could of ended in the first five minutes. Yes that how stupid the film is. ... More

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Posted by Ghidorah at 15:17, 30 March 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Enjoyable

This movie was released here at the same day as The Hunger Games.   I picked this.   My bad.   There's really no excuse for charging the audience extra price for 3D when this is all they can come up with. Cool creatures and fights, bad story and terrible acting.   See something else. ... More

Posted by Jasper_29 at 12:54, 30 March 2012 | Report This Post


Enjoyable

Very enjoyable and definetly the best IMAX film out this year (so far)! Very enjoyable set pieces and the film is quick and straight to the point. All in all, it is a very enjoyable movie, A great welcome considering some of the rubbish (Hunger Games and John Carter) which has been out this year so far, and which Empire have rated more highly than this... ... More

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Posted by J_BUltimatum at 03:03, 30 March 2012 | Report This Post


Bandwagon!

I can't help but think that Empire are just jumping on the band wagon and have got it in for this francise! Total Film have given it 4 stars and they are usually way more fussy so it can't be that bad. Plus the only real negatives I'm hearing is about character development but apart from that it's supposed to be great fun. I will go and see for myself but have a nice feeling that I will enjoy! ... More

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Posted by dannyfletch at 00:05, 30 March 2012 | Report This Post


Grrr 3D Conversion Its Criminal!

Really how many times do I have to say this in a conversion the cgi title sequence and end credits or a cgi bit will be the only 3D bits. I mean it's criminal you can never find the time to watch the 2D version because they are on at inconvenient times so basically they are mugging you or the casual film goer who actually believes he is paying for actual 3D and he will think aah that was shit and not bother next time thus killing the 3D gimmick dead except it wont! I mean all the big companies ... More

Posted by Bighousewill at 14:47, 29 March 2012 | Report This Post


Aw Helen, I kinda liked this. Far better to the last one, not great, but fun and silly and entertaining in it's short runtime. Silly being important. Hammy as sin too. ... More

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Posted by Ethanial at 00:43, 28 March 2012 | Report This Post


The first film was a dumb yet entertaining slice of monster fun pie, it wasn't amazing, but i enjoyed it nethertheless. I'm still looking forward to seeing Wrath despite the negative review. Also, although it's unlikely i will get the chance to see it at the cinema, the fact that i'll be getting the 2D version on DVD eventually should mean that i get to see the best of the effects without having to worry about the post-conversion 3D. ... More

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Posted by D.J at 20:32, 27 March 2012 | Report This Post


All I care about is weather it as enjoyable as the last one? ... More

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Posted by Big Red at 17:29, 27 March 2012 | Report This Post


Still looking forward to this. Read a few others which basically say the character work is weak but the film's fun. Meh. I enjoyed the last one so if it's more of the same then I'm down with that. ... More

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Posted by The REAL Bozz at 17:12, 27 March 2012 | Report This Post


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