Wrath of the Titans: Movie Review

"Clash of the Titans" was a huge hit with consumers when it came out two years ago but our own take on the movie was lukewarm at best. We hated that it was sloppily made, shallow and that it lacked enough oomph to make us avoid from yawning endlessly. Well, the sequel is finally here with "Wrath of the Titans" and it simply is the complete opposite of its predecessor - well almost. Now mind you, this does not mean that the film is perfect but it improved on the first film's shortcomings while
retaining the stuff that was actually good. If you liked "Clash of the Titans" then you will definitely fall in love with the sequel and if you hated it the first time around then this is the film that may just win your attention back for another third salvo a couple of years from now.

It has been 10 years since Perseus (Sam Worthington) defeated the Kraken and during that decade, Perseus has lived peacefully as a village fisherman with his 10 year old son Helius. During this time, man has also lost faith in the gods and the lack of devotion has weakened them to the point that they are losing control on the imprisoned Titans led by Kronos. When Zeus (Liam Neeson), Poseidon (Danny Huston) and Ares (Édgar Ramírez) goes to Tartarus to get Hades' (Ralph Fiennes) support to stop their father Kronos, Zeus is betrayed by both Ares and Hades and he is captured by Kronos. If Zeus' power is consumed by Kronos, the world as man knows it will end. Now, Perseus must bitterly accept his true calling by once again embarking on a quest to save his father Zeus and save the the world.

"Wrath of the Titans" feels similar to its predecessor and yet at the same time it feels like a totally different beast. First and foremost, "Wrath of the Titans" continues the frenetic pace the first one induced audiences with but way better in all aspects. In fact, the battles are endless (literally from start-to-finish) with little talk time in between and the enemies and effects supremely better than before. This means that the movie itself is truly a sight to behold which also translate to its 3D brethren - Kronos alone is worth the ticket price. As much as we hated the 3D in the first film, we can say that "Wrath of the Titans" didn't do a half-ass job the second time around.

On the other end of the spectrum, less talk time means less development and less development translates to a film that's pretty shallow. Various characters will die, both humans and gods in fact, but those won't affect you as much as expected as these characters never really mean a thing for the audience. They never clearly establish what their meaning and calling is to the whole movie mythos. As for the story, we actually liked it better than the first because it just feels a little tighter this time around.

To sum it all up, "Wrath of the Titans" is the better of the first two films because it learned from its mistakes and actually worked on those setbacks. It may be as shallow as any other action film but it is still one hell of an experience and a pretty sight to behold especially in 3D.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the battles and the enemies are bigger and badder (and more in number) and there is not single moment that this film gets boring
- the effects were crafted beautifully this time around and it was actually fun watching in 3D

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film is a little too shallow with its hack-a-thon mentality
- some plot elements are left hanging but those are forgivable for us

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