Half-man, half-God Perseus (Sam Worthington) is called upon by his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson), to help save the Gods, who have been betrayed by Hades (Ralph Fiennes). Does Perseus save the day? Find out in the full review of Wrath Of The Titans.
Business rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two-and-a-half stars)
Star cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, John Bell, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy.
What’s Good: The action, a few scenes involving the father-son drama.
What’s Bad: The average script; the boring middle portion of the drama; the multitude of characters who haven’t been established well enough.
Verdict: Wrath Of The Titans is an average entertainer.
Loo break: None really.
Watch or Not?: Watch if you are interested in watching a film based on Greek mythology.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wrath Of The Titans is an action-drama based on the legend of Greek gods.
Perseus (Sam Worthington), half man and half God, is the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), the most powerful God. After fighting alongside his father in several battles, Perseus gives up the life of a warrior to look after his only son, Helius (John Bell). His dead wife had made him promise that he would take care of their son.
One day, Zeus comes to Perseus to ask for his help in saving the Gods, who are threatened by the lord of the underworld, Hades (Ralph Fiennes). But Perseus refuses to participate in the impending war as he has taken a vow to live a human’s life.
Next, Zeus is captured by Hades and Zeus’ other son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), who has betrayed him. They take him into the underworld prison called Tartarus, where Kronos, the mighty one has been imprisoned. In reality, Kronos is the father of Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The three Gods had, many thousand years ago, imprisoned their father as the latter was bent upon destroying earth.
Now, with Zeus at the mercy of his treacherous brother and son, and Poseidon dead, there is little home for both, the Gods and humanity. What happens next? Is Perseus able to save the day and reclaim his father’s legacy? Is he able to fight the mighty Kronos? What happens to his father, Zeus, and his son, Helius? The rest of the drama answers these questions.
Wrath Of The Titans Review: Script Analysis
The story of Wrath Of The Titans, written by Greg Berlanti, David Johnson and Dan Mazeau, is of the kind that will not be understood very well by the Indian audience, at least in the first several reels, as the characters are being established. However, in the latter part of the screenplay (Dan Mazeau, David Johnson), when the relationships between different characters are clearly established, the viewer gets a little interested in the goings-on as the plot has elements of betrayal, bravery and even humour to a certain extent. The action scenes are very good and have been choreographed beautifully in the 3D version, which adds to the appeal of the drama.
On the minus side, the narrative seems a bit too rushed and the characters too many for the audience to even get to know them a lot. The hero of the drama, Perseus, also unfortunately is not given much scope to show off his fighting skills. As a result, the viewer never really is convinced that he is a hero that he is hailed to be in several dialogues in the film. The middle portion of the drama, where Perseus and his group tries to enter the underworld prison, is lacking in pace and the mystery element.
All in all, the father-son emotional drama and the action sequences are just not good enough to keep the Indian audience engaged, especially given the general lack of knowledge about the Greek legends among the Indian masses.
Wrath Of The Titans Review: Star Performances
Sam Worthington does an alright job as Perseus. Liam Neeson is impressive as Zeus. Ralph Fiennes leaves a mark as the treacherous Hades. Edgar Ramirez, as Ares, impresses in the fight sequences. John Bell, as young Helius, is fine. Toby Kebbell, as Agenor, brings a smile to the viewer’s face. Rosamund Pike, as Andromeda, adds the glam quotient. Bill Nighy, as Hephaestus, fails to add much value. Danny Huston, as Poseidon, and other offer average support.
Wrath Of The Titans Review: Direction & Technical Aspects
Jonathan Liebesman’s direction is alright as he strikes a balance between the action and the emotion in the drama. Javier Navarrete’s background score adds value to the action sequences. Cinematography, by Ben Davis, is excellent. The visual effects are first-rate. The 3D effects are good. Martin Walsh’s editing is sharp.
Wrath Of The Titans Review: The Last Word
On the whole, Wrath Of The Titans is an average entertainer that will not fare too well at the Indian box-office.