“Clash of the Titans” wasn’t a huge hit in North America, so I was a little surprised to hear there would be a sequel.
“Wrath of the Titans” has many returning cast members. Liam Neeson as Zeus. Sam Worthington as the protagonist, Perseus, a demigod and son of Zeus. And, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, god of the underworld.
The gods are losing their power because people just aren’t praying like they used to. Now, Hades is cooking up a little Hell on Earth after making a new alliance with the god of war, Ares (Edgar Ramirez). Without some divine intervention, Earth will become a place of great pain after monsters and big Daddy Kronos escape from their underworld prison known as Tartarus.
Instead of “release the Kraken” there’s “release the Kronos.” Father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades and a generally unpleasant character.
Those of you familiar with the original film may notice the sequel is a retread. Except this time, there’s so much action and so many monsters, the story loses out bigtime. Even giving Liam Neeson more scenes as Papa Zeus didn’t help. He’s old, he’s weak and a bit bloated.
Sam Worthington is less interesting this time. Fiennes plays his part well, almost as if he’s in a different movie.
Monsters alone a movie does not make. Give me story, ye gods of old. Less Titans and more time with a better screenplay. Grade: C-