WRATH OF THE TITANS is a solid sequel to
the abysmal remake of CLASH OF THE TITANS. It is more a stronger action
driven adventure with one of the major falls being the villains. Aries
had abandonment issues with his Daddy Zeus while Zeus's brother Hades hates being trapped in the Underworld to watch over
their evil molten giant father Kronos. The sequence in the moving maze
on the way to the underworld has to be the highlight of the movie. WRATH
OF THE TITANS does however has a sense of been there- done that when it comes to the story of a reluctant hero Perseus called
back into action when his son Helius is threatened, and embarks on a mission to save a captured Zeus and stop Kronos from
being released Enough said, I hope we don't see another sequel since they
laid waste to the mythology in a time when the Gods are dying off due to no one worshipping them anymore.
WRATH OF THE TITANS is all about the bonds
between fathers and sons, and the bonds that are broken between them. Rosamund
Pike is hot as Andromeda (replacing the very talented Alexa Davalos who played her in the CLASH OF THE TITANS remake and oddly
missing from the sequel). Sam Worthington is OK in this film, but he still
doesn't match his performance in TERMINATOR: SALVATION. The Titans and
the look of Kronos are a letdown. Kronos looks like a slow lava man with rock crusted
on him (maybe he is so lsow since he has been encased in rock and imprisoned for so long, but still all that build up seems lame
sicne his minons move so much faster).
stopping of the titans from being released and the portrayal of the Gods I liked much better in Tarsem's THE IMMORTALS. I like the story better in the sequel, but I feel the bad guys were a bit of a letdown
compare to the awful remake. I just hope they don't make another sequel
to this movie. Even though it entertaining, I didn't see the point on why they
had to make a sequel.
Maximum Movie Mode is an interactive movie
experience which lets you choose one of two paths: THE PATH OF MEN or THE PATH OF GODS which gives you access to behind-the-scenes
footage, storyboards, and picture-in-picture interviews and links to behind-the-scenes featurettes. The Maximum
Movie Mode provides a load of content not seen in the focus Points featurettes.
PATH OF MEN Focus Points featurettes-
BATTLING THE CHIMERA- a look at the practical and visual effects that went into creating the Chimera
AGENOR: THE OTHER DEMI-GOD- cast and crew
talk about Agenor and the actor who plays him
THE CYCLOPS FIGHT- The Cyclops are CGI, but they used various eye line tricks like a green tennis ball on a 30 feet
long pole, practical tricks, and retro motion capture to create the Cyclops.
PRISON OF THE TITANS- the production design and CGI that went into creating Tartarus in addition to the wire and prosthetic
work on Liam Nesson
MINOTAUR: THE HUMAN NIGHTMARE- a lok at the labyrinth and the creature make-up for the Minotaur
THE HEAVENS RAISE HELL ON EARTH- a behind-the-seasons
look at creating the final battle battleground for the film
PATH OF GODS Focus Points featurettes:
WHO ARE THE TITANS?- a brief history of the first gods and how Kronos was trapped by his sons
HEPHAESTUS: GOD OF FIRE- an interview with
Bill Nighy who plays the god who created the weapons of the gods and designed Tartarus and the labyrinth
LOST IN TARTARUS’ LABYRINTH- the
mythology behind the labyrinth and the Minotaur
CREATURES OF THE TITANS- the production
team discuss the creatures they chose for the sequel and what myths they drew the characters from in addition to showing production
art and pictures from mythology
Three deleted scenes are also included
on the disc which were cut for pacing and story reasons.
FINAL ANALYSIS: WRATH OF THE
TITANS is better than the remake it is a sequel to. Th behind-the-scenes extras offer a wealth of info on greek
mythology and the making of the film.
This review is (c)6-29-2012 David
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