Wrath of the Titans

Sam Worthington (Man on a Ledge) definitely has my attention.  He’s not the most handsome, and he’s not the best actor, but I like him.  I think Clash of the Titans is what did it for me.  Too bad the much-anticipated sequel was not as effective.  When we first met Perseus, he was totally unaware of his godly heritage.  Clash worked because it gave us a hero who was called to save humanity while realizing his true destiny.  It’s literally the stuff stories are made of.  I enjoyed the depiction of the iconic Greek gods, and the story was a good one.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Wrath of the Titans.  It wasn’t a bad movie, but it was not as good as the first.

This time around, the gods of Mt. Olympus are in dire straits.  They derive some of their power and strength from humanity, through prayer and adulation.  Maybe things are going pretty well for mankind, because people haven’t been calling on the gods much lately.  Thus, they are getting weaker and vulnerable to attack.  You’ll recall from the first movie that god of the underworld Hades has a beef with his brothers Zeus and Poseidon.  I’d be pissed if my siblings ruled the heavens and the sea while I was sent to hell too.  Anyway, Hades is still ticked off.  Now that the gods are getting weaker, they’re ripe for the taking.  Hades, with the help of Zeus’ son Ares, god of war, is plotting to unleash the titans from their prison so they will destroy their traitorous offspring.  The titans gave rise to the gods, who in turn defeated them. Confusing stuff if you don’t remember the mythology, and my memory is a little rusty.  Anyway, Hades kidnaps Zeus and takes him to the underworld to drain his remaining power and release the titans.  His godly brethren are useless, so Zeus must once again call on Perseus, the demi-god and reluctant hero.  Now with a boy of his own, Perseus is adored by his countrymen but lives the simple life of a fisherman.  He must once again summon his inner greatness and rise to the occasion, with the help of his trusty steed Pegasus.

I’ll start with the good.  The movie was exciting and entertaining. I saw it in 3D, which was cool.  I’m kinda over the whole 3D thing though.  Unless it’s a dope ass epic movie like Avatar, I’m usually underwhelmed by it.  Unfortunately, Wrath of the Titans failed to live up to its predecessor because it lacked a compelling storyline and was comprised of weak characters.  Perseus is often told that being only half god is not a bad thing.  He is told that he possesses all the best of humanity and the gods.  My issue with his character was that this is not his first time at the rodeo.  That was the last movie.  Perseus, you don’t know what you’re doing yet? You saved the world before; you released the MF kraken – and you’re still afraid?  That just didn’t work for me.  Perseus should just be more…special.  I also found aspects of the storyline to be implausible, whether it was a timely reconciliation here, or a transparent betrayal there. *yawn*.  Anyone who saw Clash of the Titans probably liked it and would be amenable to the sequel.  Be forewarned, you may be mildly disappointed.  Wait for Netflix.  Grade: C+

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