( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner - 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 99 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Edgar Ramiirez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Music by: Javier Navarette
Written by: Dan Mazeau & David Leslie Johnson
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 26, 2012
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 Ramirez), 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 god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
The synopsis above provides a rounded overview of the plot so I will forego any further description. As a fan of the original Clash of the Titans from the early eighties I recall being apprehensive that the 2010 remake would hold up against it, which it doesn’t. Going into this review having not seen Wrath of the Titans during its theatrical run I felt much less concerned about how this sequel would hold up against 2010’s Clash of the Titans. To be fair, while I didn’t think the remake held up to the classic, I appreciated it for what it was and enjoyed it in that light.
Similar to its predecessor this film doesn’t deliver in the story department and features underdeveloped characters and a paper thin plot that just fails to elicit a viable connection to either. The introductions/backstory is extremely brief and quickly followed by invading elements from the underworld which spur Perseus to action. After enlisting the help of fellow demigod Argenor and Greek Princess Andromeda (along with a few nameless and quickly expendable soldiers) they head for the underworld and Tartarus to rescue Zeus and ultimately mankind.
The script attempts to blend the action with displaced levity and varying degrees of melodrama that simply don’t work. I much preferred the one dimensional aspect of the original where the characters were defined by the context of their placement in the narrative. Here, on several occasions I was expecting to hear verses of Kumbaya followed by group hugs. I also couldn’t get over the preposterous depiction of Kronos, the father of Hades/Zeus, who is supposed to be the impetus behind the plot to kidnap Zeus. He is a giant, gurgling CGI mass that never utters a single comprehensible word. I guess there is supposed to be romance but that isn’t convincing or favorably integrated.
I like the cast, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Rosemund Pike, Bill Nighy, and Sam Worthington. Unfortunately there is very little here for them to work with, especially in the case of Bill Nighy in the role of Hephaestus. I found the action and production elements to be similar to the first film. The extensive use of CGI sometimes imparts and over the top emphasis but not overtly so, while the addition of 3D enhances several of the key sequences. Wrath of the Titans is a sub par sequel that doesn’t live up to its predecessor, which depending on your point of view probably isn’t saying much. If you’re in it purely for the action and didn’t mind the first film, you might find it tolerable.
The rating is for intense sequences of fantasy action and violence.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
Disc 1: 3D Blu-ray – Wrath of the Titans
Disc 2: 2D Blu-ray – Wrath of the Titans (plus the follwing bonus features)
Disc 3 :
Wrath of the Titans is a sub par sequel that features a mediocre script and decent action/production elements. I went in not expecting much which is exactly what I got. On a brighter note its 2D to 3D converted high definition video presentation is quite good. Add excellent 2D high def video, reference quality DTS-HD Master Audio sound and an interactive look behind the scenes via Warner’s Maximum Movie Mode and you have a technically strong Blu-ray offering from Warner Home Video that might be enough to lure genre fans and enthusiasts into giving this one a test drive.
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