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Wrath of the Titans (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 123

Its 3D effects are an improvement over its predecessor's, but in nearly every other respect, Wrath of the Titans fails to improve upon the stilted acting, wooden dialogue, and chaos-driven plot of the franchise's first installment.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 24

Its 3D effects are an improvement over its predecessor's, but in nearly every other respect, Wrath of the Titans fails to improve upon the stilted acting, wooden dialogue, and chaos-driven plot of the franchise's first installment.

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A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus cannot

Jun 26, 2012

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For those with a burning curiosity to know how The Lord of the Rings as directed by Michael Bay might look, Wrath of the Titans provides an idea.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (31)
ReelViews
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What it lacks are the very elements that made the first movie such a surprise: wit and nerve.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (14)
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This feeble followup to 2010's godawful Clash of the Titans sucketh the mighty big one.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (25)
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Worthington remains a distinctly humourless hero, which makes you long for the likes of a prime-time Harrison Ford or Arnold Schwarzenegger, who knew how to make a fondue out of cheese.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The father of the gods turned out to be a CGI-created, lava-spewing, mountain-sized creature with smudgy features and all the eloquence of a belch.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (7)
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A movie in which whole sequences consist of nothing but guys fighting stiff computer images. Such scenes would be boring even were they done well, but these scenes aren't done well.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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Movies like this are often called "video game" movies, since they're basically a series of interstitial "story" scenes plopped in to transition to and from the fighting scenes. But this is an insult to video games.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Wrath of the Titans is a welcome improvement but if you didn't like the first film, this sequel is not going to reverse your negative opinion.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

...it would seem like [Worthington] was inoculated against charisma as a child.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

[I]f you are planning on seeing it, do yourself a favor and stick with good old fashioned 2-D. However, if you want to do yourself a bigger favor, you should just skip it altogether

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Admittedly, Wrath of the Titans is a step up from its predecessor but that's not saying a whole lot. It's by no means a good film and unless you really enjoyed the first film, there's no reason you should see this.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

With every inch of screen filled with pixel paint and indistinguishable action, the whole thing just became mind-numbing to watch.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

"Wrath of the Titans" is like a shiny Mylar balloon that pops to reveal nothing inside but empty, stale air.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

superficial blockbuster fodder, furthering the worrying decline in Worthington's output since Avatar.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

It's an improvement on Clash of the Titans, obviously ... but in the end, 'forgettable' is only slightly better than 'god awful.'

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Even if it isn't saying much, Wrath of the Titans stands as a minor improvement to its predecessor.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Fixes most of the problems with the first film and forges a path for a respectable trilogy...

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Certainly sloppy, but visually rich, exciting and, thanks to several great supporting roles, a better, more character-driven tale that tops the original despite a more intimate feel.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

...all spectacle and little plot, all show and little characterization, all CGI and little story.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Near-epic in preposterousness. So, swamped by CGI spectacle, wonder: what came first, overblown super-sneezes of action or the tissue-thin plot to wrap them in? Forget gods getting it on with humans; here, non-story meets quasi-show, begets a demi-star.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Wrath, clash ... whatever.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

More than sufficiently delivers on muscular spectacle, and features one of the most acute visions of mortal terror I can recall in the movies.

April 20, 2012
Projection Booth

A seriously underwhelming sequel...

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A better story, more humor, and a decent 3D conversion make the swordplay spectacle more tolerable. And hey, 2 Oscar winners play Greek gods!

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

What this sci-fi fantasy proves is that a departure from Greek mythology makes for strange deity bedfellows. Homer is turning over in his grave.

April 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Monsters alone a movie does not make. Give me story, ye gods of old. Less Titans and more time with a better screenplay.

April 14, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

Audience Reviews for Wrath of the Titans

An obvious made-for-3D form of motion pictures. Wrath of the Titans focuses entirely on the envisioning effects and CGI-improvements. But the nearly chaotic plot and below par acting brings the film further down the trenches. 2/5
August 5, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Well, I enjoyed it. It wasn't the best Greek Mythology movie that I have ever seen, but it was fun to watch.
April 28, 2013
itsjustme2004

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The 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans was a movie I liked, mostly because it was a lot better than I figured. Now, as for its sequel, which is this movie. I wasn't overly excited to see it, mostly because I dunno, it just didn't seem like it was trying hard to be seen, and it came off as a big after thought. Well, I saw it anyway, and, despite the frosty reception it got, it's actually not terrible, and I did rather enjoy it, which says a lot since I wasn't really expecting anything. It isn't really that good of a movie, but it is watchable, despite being (for me) a step down from its predecessor.

It's been 10 years since Perseus defeated the Kraken, but all is not well. Trying to live a quiet life as a fisherman, the widower Perseus has put his sword away and made the choice to instead focus on raising his son. Up in Olympus, trouble is brewing as well. Since people have lost their faith in the gods and stopped praying to them, they are losing their power. There's an internal struggle going on between the gods and the imprisoned Titans, but, with Zeus being weakened, it becomes easier for the Titan leader Kronos to rise up from imprisonment and begin his quest to take over for good.

This inevitably leads Perseus to begrudgingly get back into quest mode as he has to travel to the underworld to rescue the captive Zeus, taken by the traitorous Hades and Aries. Perseus isn't alone though. He is joined by Agenor (the son of Poseidon), Andromeda, and the reclusive Hephaestus. Together they have to battle all kinds of neat creatures, including the Minotaur and some cyclopses, and see exotic places like the Labyrinth.

There's all kinds of thrilling action and stuff going on, but oddly, this movie didn't really feel as epic as it probably should have. In fact, it's actually rather lackluster and underwhelming. Not sure why, but maybe it's the direction and writing, both of which are rather unremarkable, which is surprising given the set up and possibilities.

The film's not really boring, but it's more forgettable than not, and it doesn't really go out of its way to make you care. And when it does, it falls flat. At least Worthington delivers more with the action than he does with his stiff acting. Ramirez is fine as Aries, and Fiennes and Neeson do elevate the filmsome, even if it's obvious their hearts aren't really in it.

See it if you want, but it's not really anything special.
November 2, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I was thoroughly disappointed with the Clash of the Titans remake. It was a dull, uninteresting slog of endlessly plodding action scenes and tons of unmemorable CG effects being thrown at the viewer from every angle as a poor substitute for excitement.

Thankfully, Wrath of the Titans manages to be a better movie than Clash in nearly every area. The story is basic but serviceable, with the father of the gods threatening to escape his prison and take out his vengeance on the earth. The gods themselves, weakened by lack of worship and divided by old conflicts, are powerless to face the danger. It falls to Perseus (Sam Worthington) and a small band or warriors to set things right.

The major improvement Wrath makes is that the action scenes and set pieces are much more exciting this time around. Whether chimera attack or the shifting, crushing walls of a labyrinth and the dangerous beast inside, I was never bored by what was happening on the screen. At the very least, this is a watchable fantasy action flick, which puts it above the first film. Greek mythology is so rich and dense that so much more could be done with the gods, monster and locales that Wrath of the Titans mines for material. Even as flawed as Immortals was, it certainly wasn't generic, which even this improved sequel doesn't totally escape until near the end. Still, whether you enjoyed or loathe the Clash of the Titans reboot, this one is better.
October 1, 2012
lewiskendell

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    1. Helius: I have heard that you are a great disappointment.
    2. Argenor: Yes you are right, I am great.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (13 months ago)
    1. Agenor: I want a royal pardon.
    2. Andromeda: Granted.
    3. Agenor: I want my body weight in gold.
    4. Andromeda: Granted. A few gold coins?you're so scrawny.
    5. Agenor: Let me see, what else have I dreamed of as I lay here in my cell?
    6. Perseus: Don't push it.
    – Submitted by Roi Aline T (13 months ago)
    1. Perseus: The walls of Tartarus are falling.
    – Submitted by Roi Aline T (13 months ago)
    1. Hades: All my power is spent. Who knows, I may be stronger without it...
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (16 months ago)
    1. Zeus: Hades, I am so sorry for having done this to you. Can you ever forgive me?
    2. Hades: Why do you ask this?
    3. Zeus: Because I forgive you, for this.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (16 months ago)
    1. Andromeda: We may not be gods. But we do what people say can't be done, we hope when there isn't any... whatever odds we face, we prevail.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (16 months ago)
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