Film review: 'Wrath' has action but not much else

By Shawn O'Neill

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, March 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Sam Worthington in "Wrath of the Titans."

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Take a classic tale, even one as old as the gods, get modern actors, add special effects and 3D, and you’ve got a hit, right?

Well, that was tried back in 2010 with a remake of “Clash of the Titans." People went to see the film, but critics mostly hated it.

It’s now 2012, so why not try it again? This time the film is called “Wrath of the Titans.”

Perseus (Sam Worthington) has defeated the Kraken and now is a fisherman raising his son Helius (John Bell). Zeus (Liam Neeson) comes to visit his son Perseus and warns him that the humans are in grave danger. It seems the walls of Tartarus are crumbling. These walls hold back Zeus’ father Kronos and the other Titans. Should they escape, the earth would be destroyed.

Perseus is reluctant to fight, but decides he must when his son is placed in danger. Zeus and Poseidon (Danny Huston) go to visit Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and are ambushed. Ares (Edgar Ramirez) betrays his father, Zeus, and along with Hades takes him to Kronos so that his power may be drained.

After learning about Zeus from Poseidon, Perseus begins a trek to free Zeus so they can defeat Kronos and save the world. Along the way he must fight monsters, solve the Labyrinth and fight his brother Ares.

Quite a story. Unfortunately, it’s not quite a film.

Wrath of the Titans has its moments, but they are few. It is nice to see a film expounding on the father-son relationship. Perseus does love his son, and it shows. One other positive is the action; it is plentiful and sometimes pretty good.

As for the story, it was simple enough to follow but did not draw me into the film and make me care about the characters on the screen. Instead, I was just observing the action on screen. The special effects were OK, but Kronos was really weird. It seemed strange that such a large object would move so slowly. Why couldn’t the soldiers just move out of the way of his attacks?

Then there is the 3D. Much of this film is set in the dark underworld of Hades. With the scenery so dark, the 3=D really didn’t make anything better.

There is a lot of fighting in this film. Swords are clanging, weapons are flying and punches are being thrown. At times it looks more like the WWE than a movie. There is death and some blood. The underworld is a prominent setting, so some of the film is dark, not just in lighting, but in tone, as well.

If you want to see action on the screen, this is the film to see. But if you want to see something good, try a different film.

Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer on BYU Radio. His reviews can be heard on BYURadio.org and on SiriusXM Channel 143.

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