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Wrath of the Titans Movie Review

Did you ever see a movie and realize that the only reason you went to see it was because it had gnarly actions scenes? While Wrath of the Titans was a good action movie, the plot left something to be desired.

It is the sequel to Clash of the Titans, an equally horrible movie in terms of plot and character development. While the cast is quite impressive in terms of acting chops, there is not any real acting happening, unless you count fighting with swords acting. The film has very little going for it, but the same cast, plus a few new faces.

A decade after Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus- (Sam Worthington) defeated the Kraken, he is trying to live a peaceful life as a village fisherman and the single parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. While there is mention of Helius’s mother, there is never an appearance nor flashback to show how Perseus’ son came to be.

However, while Perseus tries to live a good life, a struggle for power has begun to rage on between the gods, who are weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion to them. Realizing that their immortality is running out and that soon they will be too weak to control the imprisoned Titan, Kronos, the gods, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades and Ares meet to decide on a course of action. When they meet, Ares and Hades betray Zeus and Poseidon, capturing Zeus to feed his life energy to Kronos.

Perseus who realizes that the world is going to hell, after his village is attacked by a rampaging chimera, decides that the monsters that are allied with the Titans have no interest in human life and that he must do something to insure his son’s future. To battle the oncoming monsters and save humanity, Perseus rides his winged-horse, Pegasus, to team up with warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighly) to embark on a quest into the underworld to save Zeus and slay some monsters.

Jonathan Liebesman directs the film from a screenplay by Dan Mazeau, David Leslie Johnson and Steven Knight. The movie is visually impressive, but the Imax, 3D, and HD digital projections, really only serve the purpose of being able to view the awful acting in more lifelike ways. While the visual effects are more spectacular than the last film, The Clash of the Titans, the acting and the plot leave this film very poorly put together. The  unfortunate casualty in this film is Rosamund Pike, who usually makes good decisions when it comes to film choices. I suspect that even she is cringing at the horrible film that she had a part in making. Despite the action scenes and special effects, I still cannot stop thinking about Sam Worthington’s horrible mullet and Aussie cover up accent. I know this film isn’t for everyone as most of its audience will be there because they want to watch a two-headed dragon level a forest or a gigantic Cyclops destroy a village. Yet, if you are like me and enjoy a good film, go see The Artist instead. This is certainly a film for people who are only going to see it for its action sequences, dudes with mullets, and blond chicks wielding swords.

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