‘Wrath’ sequel proves a titan-ic success
Todd Miller | Collegio Reporter
I wasn’t excited to dive into another action movie based on Greek mythology after seeing the uninspired “Immortals” last year. However, “Wrath of the Titans” is nothing like “Immortals,” and it manages to avoid the problems I had with the latter film. “Wrath of the Titans” is a sequel to “Clash of the Titans,” which came out in 2010.
Perseus (Sam Worthington), demigod son of Zeus, is trying to live his life and raise his son with a life as a simple fisherman. Those dreams are shattered, however, when Zeus (Liam Neeson), informs Perseus that humans are losing faith in the gods, which is weakening their power. This could cause the release of Kronos, a powerful Titan and father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades.
Zeus and Poseidon (Danny Huston) are betrayed. Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Zeus’ son Ares (Édgar Ramírez) mortally wound Poseidon and capture Zeus to use his divine power to restore Kronos so they can maintain their immortality.
Poseidon seeks Perseus’ help before he dies. He gives Perseus his trident, telling him to find his son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), who will lead Perseus to Hephaestus (Bill Nighy). Poseidon tells Perseus that Hephaestus can guide mortals to where Kronos is imprisoned, so they can attempt to stop his reawakening.
Though the plot is pretty straightforward, the movie uses it well. It didn’t take long for me to become invested in Perseus’ struggle, and I was excited by every twist and turn in the plot. The characters were developed well, and I got a good sense of who they were after a few minutes of screen time. I particularly enjoyed Nighy’s portrayal of Hephaestus and Fiennes’ portrayal of Hades.
There were many special effects in the movie, but I think the filmmakers did a great job of using them to enhance the movie, instead of using them to show off their ability to create fancy effects.
Of course there were action sequences, but they weren’t tedious to sit through like many action movies I’ve seen. They were engaging, and the final large scene with Kronos was very powerful.
The actors and actresses did a fantastic job with their characters. Hephaestus was enjoyable to watch, and every scene between Zeus and Hades was powerful. The biggest weakness was Ares. His character felt too shallow for me to develop an attachment, even as a villain. What he did was cliché, and he was too overdramatic to be likable.
“Wrath of the Titans” was a good movie. It is probably one of the best action movies I’ve seen in a long time, and it is definitely worth seeing.