Damn The Gods, Part II
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
D: Jonathan Liebesman
S: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Toby Kebbell
After 2010’s mediocre Clash of the Titans, one must think that its filmmakers had learned their lesson. But two years later, they come out with a sequel that warrants the question, “Why?”
Wrath of the Titans begins a few years following the end of the first installment. Perseus (Sam Worthington) is now a widower and a single father to his son, Helius. Since his defeat of the Kraken, he’s been keeping a low profile, that is, until his dad, Zeus (Liam Neeson), asks for his help. Kronos, the Titan ruler and overbearing father of Zeus, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), and Poseidon, is gaining enough power to bust out of prison to take revenge on his sons and wipe out everyone in the process. If it weren’t for the mythology and testosterone, the plot could easily be taken as a soap opera runoff.
Shedding the action sequences and special effects, what we get is a very dysfunctional family. There is Ares (Édgar Ramírez), the god of war who is still bitter about his father, Zeus, playing favorites. This causes him to team up with his Uncle Hades, the god of the underworld who is also bitter against Zeus for banishing him to the underworld to keep an eye on their imprisoned father. Then there’s Agenor (Toby Kebbell), Poseidon’s bastard son and lowlife demigod with a penchant for petty theft and dreadlocks. Perseus partners with him to stop their uncle and Ares from freeing their grandfather from retirement.
Obviously, these guys need to see the god of family therapy. None of the mess would’ve happened if they all just kissed and made up. Alas, the movie requires conflict, and complicated daddy issues are the best the movie’s writers could come up with.
Though Wrath of the Titans manages to keep the loopholes patched and the deux ex machina instances to a minimum, much like its predecessor, it’s still a weak film. A better plot and more attention to the clashing mass of accents could have helped. It’s a shame, considering the film’s good visual effects and monster designs, which would likely be copied in future Panday sequels.
As far as acting goes, Worthington fares better compared to his first outing. Kebbell as his sidekick is also a good addition. The hints of humor his character brings make the film more bearable. Rosamund Pike as Queen Andromeda is also surprisingly funny for all the wrong reasons. Her close-ups and reaction shots are priceless meme-worthy gems. In one scene, her mouth hangs wide open while her eyes shoot straight up in blank bewilderment. I was probably wearing the same expression while watching the movie.