Wrath of the Titans (2012) – Jonathan Liebesman

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Sigh.

Like the pointless remake that preceded it, this sequel is more interested in spectacle than story, image over substance. And like it’s predecessor, completely lacks the fun, and wonder that inhabited the 1981 original.

This time around we have cardboard-cutouts-that-are-pretending-to-be-characters on another quest. And while the casting is good, Sam Worthington, Bill Nighy, Rosamund Pike, Danny Huston, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, none of them are giving anything to really work with, as the film leaps from one, supposedly dazzling set piece to the next.

Demi-god Perseus (Worthington) is called to action again, when his father, Zeus (Neeson) and Poseidon (Huston) are betrayed and captured by Hades (Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez) in an attempt to free their father, Kronos from his prison in Tartarus, and wipe the earth clean of humanity, who have begun to fall away from their worship of the gods.

Seeking aid from warrior queen Andromeda (Pike) and Poseidon’s son, Agenor (Toby Kebbell), Perseus finds his way into the underworld to rescue his father before Zeus’ power is drained completely to rouse and release Kronos.

The film incorporates familiar names and myths, though appropriates them for its own storytelling, which is fine, but at least flesh the characters out a little. For me, watching this was like watching someone play the game God of War, it’s fun if you’re playing, but boring as hell to watch someone else play it for an hour and a half.

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And with no real characters to invest in, that is exactly what it felt like watching this movie, a big, boring video game with no mini-bosses and bosses, and no real character involvement.

As much as I may like the actors involved, I certainly wasn’t motivated to care for them.

I certainly enjoyed Liebesman’s previous film, Battle Los Angeles a lot more, though even that could fall solidly into the video game movie.

While the original 1981 Clash of the Titans is far, oh so far, from perfect, it was enjoyable, and good family fare, these remakes wanted to be grittier and darker, which I am all for, but if you’re going to do that, make it look that way as well. Don’t let the special effects and computer generated images be all the film is about. I’m sorry to say that in regards to this pair of films, they’ll probably be forgotten long before the original is, which still hands a tender place in a lot people’s hearts.

Which is something else this film is lacking. Heart.

How about we build a great story first, and then add visual effects, only as needed, to enhance the story-telling experience, not take over the entire thing?

Anyway, just my humble opinion.

What were your thoughts on the remake, the sequel or the original?

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