“Wrath of the Titans”

Wrath of the Titans” with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill NighyÉdgar Ramírez, and Toby Kebbell

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman

Even though I enjoyed “Clash of the Titans” immensely I was incredibly trepid about its sequel, “Wrath of the Titans.”  Overall, reviews for the film are horrid, and even though I don’t subscribe to industry-standard critiques I found myself hesitating.  Fortunately enough, Spokane has an encore theater in the Garland district that plays fairly new films for a more than reasonable price.  So, on one such evening I decided to take the plunge, spend the buck, and attend a showing of “Wrath of the Titans.”

The critics are wrong.

“Wrath of the Titans” is a great action movie.  It’s not an Oscar contender, but it was never meant to be—honestly what action movie is?  But, after narrowing the scope, I still found “Wrath of the Titans” to be high octane action packed adventure with Greek mythology motifs.

“Wrath of the Titans” begins ten years after the events of the first film with Perseus (Sam Worthington) playing fisherman and father in a small village.  The world as a whole has begun to forsaken the Gods and has stopped praying to them for guidance.  This has unfortunate side effects and ends up weakening the power of the Gods.  In lieu of this, another attempt at power and prolonged life, Hades (Ralph Feinnes) teams up with Zeus’ (Liam Neeson) son Ares (Édgar Ramírez) to free Kronos, thus ending the reign of the Gods.

Being only half-God and drawing strength from both parts of his heritage Perseus is left to fight against Hades, Ares, and Kronos with his cousin Agenor (Toby Kebbell) in order to save man from utter destruction and perpetual darkness.

The special effects are great, and the action sequences are tight.  I enjoy Sam Worthington, and I think he fits the bill for the modern-age action star quite nicely.  Besides Worthington, there are plenty of other heavy hitters to go around including Liam Neeson, Ralph Feinnes, and Bill Nighy (Hephaestus) who round out the cast nicely and add that extra little bit that makes it a fun, worthwhile movie.

If you like action flicks give this one a go.  The reviews were overly harsh, and if you’re already into the genre it won’t disappoint.  Plus, look at this way: it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.  A sequel is already in the works, so why not keep an open mind and watch an enjoyable, fast-paced film?

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