Saturday, April 7, 2012

Movie Review - Wrath of the Titans 3D

Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to 2010's remake of Clash of the Titans. The early success of the remake quickly spearheaded the development of this sequel. Reviews by critics doesn't seem positive for the sequel as seen at Rotten Tomatoes. However, because I really enjoyed the remake (and also I didn't have to pay for the tix ;p), I went to watch the movie without hesitation. I read somewhere that people who went to watch it enjoyed it so that didn't lower too much of my expectation. My review is after the break.

The sequel this time centers on the threat of the Greek gods losing their powers due to lack of devotion from humans. This could lead to the release of the Titans. Zeus seeks out Perseus, who now has a son, for help in combating the Titans. Perseus refuses however. Zeus was then captured by Hades and Ares, his other son when he visited Hades in an attempt to unite their powers. This lead Perseus, together with Agenor and Queen Andromeda to go on a rescue mission to save his father and defeat the Titans.

What I like about the movie is that the action starts straight away, with the right amount of introduction to let us know what has happened since the last movie. I like adventure movies where the characters go on a quest and faces obstacles before reaching the final destination. Eventhough the 'titans' are less interesting this time around, the actions are kicked up a notch to make the scenes exciting. In 3D, the movie does come alive most of the time with great moments where you feel like you're there. There were at times when scenes were moving too fast that you didn't really feel the 3D-ness of the scene. In terms of the setting of the movie, the scenes in Greece didn't really felt like Greece but more like on a Saharan dessert except at the Mount of Idols. Things fitted better once they start on the journey to save Zeus.

 The performance of the leads are spot on especially Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Initially when I heard the news that Rosamund Pike was taking over from the original actress, Alexa Davalos to play Andromeda, I was dissapointed 'cause I liked Alexa and thought she should be in it (Part of the reason I like 'Clash' :p). But when I watch the film and what the character becomes in this sequel, Rosamund was a probably a good choice to make since it demanded the character to be a stronger person. The characters of Agenor and Hephaestus add a little humor to the movie at the right places.

Overall I enjoyed the movie for it's action sequences more than the story itself. 3D sequences are worth the ticket price as well. If only it had a strong storyline, this would've been a great movie. The same writers are already being hired for a sequel so let's hope the story can be improved.