Wrath of the Titans [Blu-ray]
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Wrath of the Titans (Blu-ray)
Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson star once again as gods at war in “Wrath of the Titans”, under the direction of Johnathan Liebesman. A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kaken, Perseus (Worthington) the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) 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 (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramrez), switch loyalties and make a deal, with kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen gob Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.]]>
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The movie starts with Zeus visiting his son Perseus and warning him that as humans stop worshiping the god their power diminishes unleashing demons and other evils onto the earth along with Chronos the titan that gave birth to Zues who would destroy the world. Perseus doesn’t care at first, but then that night he has a dream foreshadowing what will happen later in the film. That gives him the inspiration to save the gods, his father and humankind. The point is driven home the next day when Perseus’ town is attacked by a Chimera, a mythical beast with a fire breathing lion and goat’s head with wings. He’ll have to tackle his uncle Hades, half brother Ares and Chronos himself to fulfill his task.
Like the Clash of the Titans, Perseus finds a group of warriors to join him such as his cousin Agenor and Andromeda, and faces a slew of monsters like cyclopses, the Minotaur, and others. The special effects are also well done such as when Perseus, Agenor and Andromedia enter a huge moving maze or the giant battle at the end. At the same time nothing is especially original. The ending battle is much bigger than that in Clash of the Titans, but in the end Perseus goes up against Chronos much like he did with the Kraken in the previous film.
Overall Wrath of the Titans offers nothing new, but it’s still fun.
Oh yeah...the Ares character -- seriously...no development whatsoever of his character than an angry brat.
I've always loved Greek mythology, but this movie took it to the next level. Worth the rent if you have interest in this area.
Now again, don't let me get anyone thinking this movie is going to blow you out of the water, but just contrasting it with the first film: In the first, Perseus was a whiny little baby, didn't want to be a hero, complaining the whole time, atleast here he's just like "OK, I'm a demi-god, let's do this thing". I thought Cronos was really cool, fans of "Age of Mythology" should like him, Rosamund Pike certainly wasn't hard on the eyes and she fits the Greek beauty perfectly.
All in all, this was a fun film and huge improvement over the last one, I know it didn't do well in the theatre, but I think if you liked the 80's film this is a pretty cool modern continuation, and atleast in the this film they gave a respectful nod to Bubo instead of insulting that much beloved character as they did before.
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Bad points - the script , at points it felt like it had wandered into percy jackson territory . The acting was just very bad.Wooden and some of the casting choices were a little strange for instance the guy who played the navigator why did he think he was russell brand ?
But most confusing of all to me was Bill Nighty who seemed to have wandered off into a monty python sketch and why was the blacksmith of the greek gods played with a yorkshire accent ( listen for the Ay up it's in there !)
It's a mindless film that's mildly amusing if you switch off your brain and slide into a popcorn stupor.
Years have passed since the end of that story. Perseus has become a father and a widower in quick succession. And grown a bit of hair as well. He's trying to raise his son to follow in his grandfather's footsteps as a fisherman rather than a warrior.
Meantime Princess Andromeda has decided to get tough so that she will never need rescuing again. And is leading an army on a long campaign.
Also, people are turning away from the gods. Their temples are falling into disrepair. But since they depend on worship for their power, some might not want to go down without a fight.
As much he doesn't want to get involved, Perseus might have to get into the middle of things once again. When the future of the world is left hanging in the balance.
There does seem to have been a bit of effort from the film makers to address the criticisms of the first film. Perseus has a bit more character this time around, since he has more to worry about. Sam Worthington does okay with this material but it's nothing to really stretch him.
Rosamund Pike takes over as Andromeda since original actress Alexa Davalos wasn't available. She also does quite well but there's not quite that much to her character either. And the way the character has changed since the first film, plus the change in actress means it never really feels like she's the same character as before.
All those who play the gods are very good, though. There are some reasonably decent supporting characters. A quest that follows a reasonable linear progression and does end a bit quickly. Some good monsters. And some very good battle scenes. All of which try to be as realistic as they can. And all of which are well lit and edited. Which is not something you always get from movies.
It's an acceptable bit of escapism which has some decent moments and spectacle. And leaves the door open a little bit for more at the end. This is the kind of film to watch for when you have nothing much better to do. If you don't expect too much from it, then it delivers.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: Castilian Spanish, English.
Subtitles: Castilian Spanish, Danish, English, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish.
The disc begins with several trailers, but you can skip them via the next button on the dvd remote.
The only extras are three deleted scenes. Which can be watched all in a row or individually. These are a bit more substantial than most deleted scenes as the first two are four minutes long and the third is two minutes long. And they're not bad scenes either.
There's also a leaflet with a weblink and security code for downloading a copy of the film to a digital device.
Did watch it through to the finish as the kids seemed to enjoy it but not one I would particularly recommend.
It's a good action romp and nice 3D that works well. The story isn't up to much but you're there for the adventure ride not the acting, and it's an all thrills ride that is improved with 3D. Well worth the money.
So after watching it I really enjoyed it and in 3D at home on my 50inch tv.