2010’s Clash of the Titans remake was an abject failure in almost every sense of the word. Wooden acting, laughable dialogue, and a dreadful story all derailed what could have been an absolutely stellar romp through Greek mythology. Unfortunately in the world of Hollywood, monetary success, no matter how small, will always trump a critical mauling. Enter: Wrath of the Titans.
Bringing back Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes, Wrath of the Titans is directed by Battle: Los Angeles’ Jonathan Liebesman, as opposed to Louis Leterrier, who worked on the original. Much like Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath doesn’t look like it is going to ask a lot of its audience in terms of intelligence, but there is no denying that it is a visual treat. Everything a mythology buff could want is presented here with beautiful CGI. Giants, monsters, and Gods are all near-photorealistic with a real sense of character and intensity.
Special effects aside, fans of the original should find more of the same to like here. Testosterone seemingly drips from every frame as pervasive violence and huge battles take precedent over deep plots and characters. For the action fan, this movie seemingly has it all. However, cinephiles looking for a bit more substance to go along with flashy style might be turned off by this movie’s mission statement.
We’ll see if Wrath of the Titans can throw us a curveball by giving us a deeper story and characters when it is released on March 30, 2012.