Wrath of the Titans (4/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 99
Why do studios
continue to make movies like this? Money. The first in this series, The Clash of the Titans
(2010), made $163
million to rank 192 on the all time list of money makers.
This is just
more of the same. While the film ballyhoos that it "stars" Liam Neeson
and Ralph Fiennes, they couldn't have been on the set for much more than
a week, so few scenes do they occupy. The only person onscreen for an
extended period is Sam Worthington, who plays Perseus, the demigod son
of Zeus (Neeson). It's Perseus who has to go to battle with demons and
monsters and all.
This is the
classic new Hollywood movie that is virtually nothing but special
effects. This one is in 3D. It was actually filmed in 3D, so the 3D is
pretty good, and it doesn't mute the color like the post production 3D
(which marred the first one) does, if you can stay awake through all the
inane action scenes.
directed the 2010 remake of the 1981 original. This directing chore
falls to Jonathan Liebsman, no stranger to action films that rely on
special effects. His last, Battle of Los Angeles (2011), was
pretty good, but it was almost all action and special effects. This is
much of the same, just switched in time from today to 3,000 years ago.
There is really no story and no acting. Just one impossible fight
between Perseus and the next monster, be it giant Cyclops or a creature
composed entirely of fire.
This film shows
Hollywood at its reprehensible worst, glorifying and minimizing
senseless violence which can desensitize younger viewers to horribly
violent actions that have no apparent consequences. Worthington's
brother beats him unmercifully, slamming his head against concrete time
and again, to virtually no effect on Worthington (unless Worthington's
head has been so battered he can no longer make an intelligent choice of
films in which to act).
laughably, there are lots of writing credits here, Dan Mazeau & David
Leslie Johnson for a screenplay and Greg Berlanti & Johnson & Mazeau for
a "story by." When you look at all the special effects that are
bombarded at the audience and the meagerness of the story and script,
one wonders at all the credits for a "story" and "script" (or why one
would desire a credit for something like this).
As such, it
really doesn't require acting. Fiennes realized it and just mailed in
his performance. Neeson is always good, even with stuff like this.
Worthington has the potential to be a fine actor, but he needs to direct
his efforts at something that actually requires talent.
One thing was
pretty funny, however. Toby Kebbell plays Poseidon's demigod son, Agenor,
with a heavy British accent. Remember, this is in the second millennium
B.C. I don't know who was occupying the British Isles then, but I'm
pretty sure they didn't speak the Queen's English.
This is nothing
but mindless special effects. If you like them, this is your cup of tea.
It wasn't mine. But the movie left one with something to desire as
Neeson tells Worthington before he dissolves into sand, "There will be
no more gods." One can only hope.
March 26, 2012