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Posted on 4/15/12 01:17 PM
Ultimately another soulless obligation to the accountants so they can keep the lights on and water running at Warner Brothers, Wrath remedies some of the former installments faults by having a more rapid-fire pace.
Whereas last time the visual effects seemed weightless, this time they are much more refined and impactful. My jaw dropped more than once when it came to the scenes involving the sheer scale of the underworld prison, Tartarus, and the gargantuan magma monster Kronos.
It is also worth mentioning that the use of 3D this time around is significantly less horrendous. For comparisons sake: Clash of the Titans = dim, vomit-inducing fishbowl, forever to be known as the worst use of 3D ever; Wrath of the Titans = bright and vibrant, with genuine moments of dodging objects flying off the screen.
In fact, this movie does have more than a few things going for it. But it just makes it more of a shame that all this awesome spectacle and production is going towards a movie that's still so flat. Perseus is closer to an actual character this time around, but he and his cohorts are still just used as conduits for action, without much real substance or concern from audience members (and no, I don't expect that out of action movies, but it would be nice to see some effort from the filmmakers).
Veteran actors Laim Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston and Bill Nighy all know how to make the most of their roles, but none of them have nearly enough screen time, and after being one of the most interesting aspects for most of the movie, the character resolution between Zeus and Hades is under whelming. Toby Kebbell as Poseidon's demigod son is given most of the comedy relief duties and, not surprisingly, most of the attempts at humor fall on their face when they're so forced.
As bad as this sounds, Wrath is conceptually similar to the recent Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Both are unwanted sequels to poorly received movies that should have been able to knock it out of the park this time, given on how low the bar is set, yet they don't. Wrath of the Titans isn't as bad as Ghost Rider: SOV and is quite entertaining at times, but the divide between the good elements and the bad things that have stayed the same is aggravating and keeps it from being anywhere above a "meh".