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Saturday, April 14, 2012

[6.00/10] Wrath of the Titans [3D] (2012)

Wrath of the Titans [3D] (2012)

Brief review: In spite of the atrocious use of 3D, cheesy CGIs and Leterrier's messy direction, 2010's "Clash of the Titans" was a flawed, but watchable fantasy flick, that had its moments of 'guilty pleasure'. Liebesman's sequel also fails to deliver an intelligible and engaging story, it takes itself too seriously, and its script is full of corny lines and cheesy dialogues, but in terms of visuals, action and even acting, "Wrath of the Titans" is definitely an improvement over its predecessor. The special and creature effects are executed with great precision and remarkable attention to detail, and the end result is often eye-popping. The seamless mix of practical set design and CGI scenery is flawless and the 3D is so slick and expertly-done, it feels like the film has been shot in 3D, and not post-converted. Thankfully, the action scenes are high-octane. The Chimera attack, the Cyclops fight and the final battle against Kronos are all dynamically-shot and very thrilling, at times even startling. Acting-wise, "Wrath of the Titans" is hit and miss. Worthington's lack of charisma works against him as usual, but at least he's not annoying to watch. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Rosamund Pikedo do their best with the given material, Bill Nighy does a hilarious job as the nutty Hephaestus and Toby Kebbell steals the show with his amusingly stirring performance as Poseidon's dodgy demigod son, Agenor.

Overall summary: Far from great, yet slightly underrated probably due to the bad reputation of its predecessor, "Wrath of the Titans" provides a passable entertainment to those seeking for a 'no brainer' with great action scenes, effective use of 3D, and first class CGI work.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Might pick it up on 3D DVD just for the effects.
Saw The Cabin in the Woods this afternoon. Can't wait for you to review that one! How on earth do you review a movie where you can't reveal anything? My review tomorrow will be really short.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, I didn't have any regrets watching this one on the big screen. Every second was worth it, because the visuals were great.

I'm watching TCITW next Tuesday, and I'm burning in anticipation. :)

Hey, if you haven't noticed, my reviews are ALWAYS spoil free. ;)
Trust me, there's a way..

Parry Hotter said...

good review, although I think I might be skipping this one :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Hans, I think you'll give it a shot when it leaks online ;)

M. Hufstader said...

I enjoyed this a heck of a lot more than I thought I would. And I saw it in 3D. I NEVER like 3D movies. For this? I made an exception. Worth it. Great review!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

M. Hufstader, I saw it in 3D as well, and I'm glad I did. The special and 3D effects were impressive.

Thank you so much! Glad you liked it.

Maynard Morrissey said...

Hey George, I just gave you an award :)

venoms5 said...

I was tempted to see this opening day, George, and may still see it before it disappears from theaters since it's a monster picture. Loved them since I was a kid. The other one was a terrible movie, imo, so that's made me hesitant on this sequel. Top of the line review as always, George.

dolorah said...

Sounds like not much has changed in this from the original movie. Good story plot, not very well written or acted. Still, seems like a good Sunday afternoon movie to relax to.


George Beremov [Nebular] said...

venoms5, just like you, I'm sucker for creatures features. I even made a themed top 20 list. Have you seen it? :)

I didn't hate the first movie, despite its many weaknesses. To me it was watchable at best.

I think you're gonna LOVE the monsters in this sequel. Give it a shot as soon as you can.

Thanks, buddy. :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Donna, it has. The CGI work and the 3D effects are superior, as well as the direction.

Thanks for the comment. :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Harry, I know. Thanks, buddy. :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

George, fair and honest review. I like mindless action movies every now and then.
@Alex I hate writing those kind of reviews.
- Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
@thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Maurice, thank you. Glad you think so. :)

I always write spoiler-free reviews, because I hate to take away the surprise element from the viewers.

Unknown said...

Hey there, hon! I've got some catching up to do, but had to stop by and read your Wrath review before heading off to work. Thanks for all the beautiful comments you left. Hugs!

My nephew saw this and loved it, I've been skeptical because of the last one, but I may have to catch this before it leaves theaters.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Mel, yes, it's feels like you've been gone since forever.

I didn't love it, but I enjoyed it a lot, and it's definitely superior to the first one, which I didn't hate either.

I'm looking forward to your other comments. :)