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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Review of Wrath of the Titans 3D (2012) by Mike

Title: Wrath of the Titans 3D (2012) (Minor spoilers)

Original UK Release Date: 30th March 2012

Original US Release Date: 30th March 2012

UK Rating: 12

US Rating: PG-13

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Genre: Action/Fantasy

Plot: When Zeus (Liam Neeson) is captured in an attempt to unleash Kronos, Perseus (Sam Worthington) travels to the underworld to rescue him.

Mike's Review

The remake and first part of this saga Clash of the Titans (2010), was pretty much hated by critics and viewers. But as usual I loved it! I always seem to enjoy films that others don’t as I try to see the good in films from many angles. I thought it was a good reimagining of the original classic Clash of the Titans (1981). Now there is a sequel to the remake but how well is the continuation of the story of Perseus going to fare?

The film takes place 10 years after the end of the 2010 remake. Perseus is now a fisherman with a child, his wife Io has died and he is raising his son in peaceful ways in an attempt to protect him from his legacy as a demi-god. However his quiet life is soon interrupted when Titans are unleashed upon the Earth and his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) arrives and asks for his help.

This was going to be an interesting film especially the 3D effects. The 3D in the first film was bad after a last minute decision to convert it. However this one was made in 3D from the start and it really shows and utilises the technology well. The depth of the film is great and there are a few scenes where things jump out of the screen at you and is one of the best uses of 3D I have seen.

The film has a great cast including Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston & Rosamund Pike who takes over the role of Andromeda from Alexa Davalos. I don’t know why Alexa wasn’t in Wrath, but Rosamund Pike does a great job as Andromeda and for me was the stand out performance. She played the now Queen Andromeda with the grace of a queen and the fierceness of a warrior.

The film itself is good, the story is fresh and new as it wasn’t a remake of anything but a continuation of the previous story and the special effects are flawless. But in the age of computer effects in a big blockbuster we really shouldn’t get anything less than perfect.

(Minor spoilers)

For me two things let the film down. First was the use of the Minotaur, a classic creature from mythology, half man half bull. While I welcomed the use of it the look of it was all wrong. If you look at the Minotaur in the classic film Time Bandits (1981), it has the look and feel of the classic creature, this one was just a large man with horns! After the amazing creatures in the rest of the film it really didn’t feel right in this movie. The second let down was the film was really jerky at times, it was as if the camera was on a wave machine. The worst of this was in the labyrinth, there were cuts in places that completely lost me as the labyrinth was moving, the camera seemed to move in opposition to it and it felt a bit of a mess.

(Minor spoilers ended)

The film as a whole is good and entertaining and for some it will be better than the first as there is nothing to compare it to and complain about as it is different. For me personally this wasn’t as good due to the above mentioned two things, however due to the 3D effects and the movie overall I left the cinema happy and entertained.

8 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Rosamund Pike as Andromeda


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