Wrath of the Titans
Sloppy sequel with poorly defined characters, starring Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson
From its flimsy concept to its similarly sloppy use of post-conversion 3D, Wrath of the Titans is a sequel that fails to improve on the original in any way.
Set 10 years after the events of Clash of the Titans, this pointless follow-up invents a 'lost myth' that brings Perseus (once again played by Sam Worthington) out of retirement to come to the rescue of his ailing father Zeus (Liam Neeson) and save the planet from vengeful titans led by Kronos. In doing so, he must travel into the depths of hell to confront the disloyal Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and his own brother, Ares (Edgar Ramirez).
Incoming director Jonathan Liebesman attempts to compensate for the shortcomings in Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson's screenplay by bombarding viewers with one CGI set piece after another, involving three-headed chimeras, a trio of 30-foot tall cyclops and a minotaur. While the technical design of these creatures may be impressive, the rapidly shot nature of the direction often blurs the action making it impossible to see what's going on.
The characters, meanwhile, are so poorly defined that not even the usually reliable Neeson and Fiennes can breathe much life into them, while Worthington continues to deprive Perseus of much charisma. Newcomers Toby Kebbell, as comic interest demigod Agenor, and Bill Nighy, as fallen god Hephaestus, are merely irritating additions.
By the time the film reaches its poorly staged, supposedly epic conclusion it's hard not to view the whole endeavour as anything but a ruthless cash-in that fails to pay due care and attention to the enduring quality of the mythology that helped to inspire it in the first place.
General from 30 Mar 2012.