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Wrath of the Titans also known as “Clash of the Titans 2”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action.

Reviewed by: Daniel Thompson
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Action Adventure Fantasy Thriller Sequel 3D Drama Imax
Length:
1 hr. 39 min.
Year of Release:
2012
USA Release:
March 30, 2012 (wide—3,500+ theaters)
DVD: June 26, 2012
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Relevant Issues
Copyright, Warner Bros. Pictures Greece in the Bible

saving mankind / Who is the true Savior of mankind?

mythological underworld

about the real Hades and Hell

mythological pagan gods

courage, bravery, self-sacrifice

heroic actions

rescue mission

village fisherman

inner-family conflict among the characters

Featuring: Liam NeesonZeus
Sam WorthingtonPerseus
Ralph FiennesHades
Rosamund PikeAndromeda
Bill NighyHephaestus
Danny Huston … Poseidon
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Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Producer: Legendary Pictures
Thunder Road Pictures
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Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

“Feel the wrath”

This is the 2nd in a trilogy. The 1st was “Clash of the Titans” (2010).

To say that the 2010 film “Clash of the Titans” was a disaster would be an understatement. With all the technological wizardry available to moviemakers these days, an update of the classic swords and sandals epic would seem to be a great idea. Unfortunately, poor scripting, bad acting, and terrible retro-fitted 3D effects led to one of the most disappointing films of the year. This was disheartening to many fans of the 1981 original, as well as young males looking for the next blockbuster action film. When a sequel was announced, even after poor box office results, no one was more shocked than me. Fortunately, while “Wrath of the Titans” is far from a great movie, it drastically improves in every aspect from its original.

At the beginning of this new mythological story, our hero Perseus is content living, not as a god like his father Zeus, but as a mere man like his mother once did. He is continuing to raise his ten year old son, after the death of his wife. Zeus, however, needs the help of his son. The power of the gods is weakening, due to lack of human devotion, and the captive leader of the Titans, Kronos, is gaining power. Zeus’s brother Hades, condemned to the underworld, makes a deal with Kronos to release him, in exchange for continued immortality. Hades enlists the help of Zeus” son Ares to betray his father and take him captive. With Zeus held captive and Kronos rising from the underworld, it’s up to Perseus to travel to the underworld, save his father, and subsequently save all of mankind from the wrath of the powerful Kronos.

While the plot sounds terribly convoluted, it is established within the first fifteen minutes of the movie, so the viewer can sit back and watch a very simple adventure. The story is actually far more compelling than the previous film, because it’s cohesive, even at its most ridiculous.

The good news for “Wrath of the Titans” is that, along with a better story, the effects have improved tremendously. The IMAX 3D experience of this film is one of the more engrossing, imaginative films I have ever seen in IMAX. There is more detail in the effects, and the final showdown with Kronos makes the scene with the Kraken from the first film look like animatronics.

Most of the acting in the film is better than the previous installment, which isn’t really setting the bar very high. Aside from Edgar Ramirez as Ares, the rest of the cast seems comfortable in their roles and does the best with what they are given. Sam Worthington as Perseus seems to have added some pathos to his acting repertoire, and Liam Neeson showcases plenty of gravitas as the mighty Zeus. Bill Nighy is a nice addition to the cast as Hephaestus, who helps Perseus on his journey. All of the actors are undone by the script, however, which seems to only use dialog as a plot device or for sound in the lull between action set pieces.

As far as content is concerned, “Wrath of the Titans” is on par with its predecessor. There is an abundance of mythological violence, most of which takes place in the dark, demonic underworld where Kronos and Hades reside. Obviously, this film does not coincide with a Christian worldview, as it deals purely in the realm of fictional Greek mythology. There is no foul language to speak of, and there is also no significant sexual content. Although completely drowned by noise, bad dialog, and 3D effects, there is a nice story of forgiveness in the film.

Very rarely can one say that a sequel is better than the original in every conceivable way. It’s even less likely to say that the very same sequel is far from a great film. Both of those rare statements can be made about “Wrath of the Titans.” If it’s mind-blowing special effects you want, the film is for you. On the other hand, if you prefer cinematic artistry, screenwriting, and top notch acting, you’re probably better off with just about any other movie at the local Cineplex.

Violence: Heavy to extreme / Profanity: Minor—“Hell” (2) / Sex/Nudity: Mild—brief male-female kiss; shirtless males; comment that Poseidon taught Hephaestus how to seduce a mermaid

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Comments below:
Positive
Positive—I actually enjoyed this movie more than the first one (remake of “Clash of The Titans”). The story line was decent, and the effects were on top and better than the first film. Was it the best film in the world? Not at all, but it was entertaining. From a Christian point of view, you have to take into consideration that this is based on Greek Mythology. If you realize that there are other beliefs outside of the Christian faith, you will understand this movie. For those who get offended about the “evil” from a movie… that’s exactly what they were dealing with. Hades is Hell, and Perseus was saving Zeus from it. Not every movie out there without a Christian overtone is evil. Christian films are the most unrealistic movies I have ever seen; and I’m a Christian!. LOL. Bottom line: This movie was worth the watch, and I plan on getting it on Bluray. Thanks!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Marty, age 38 (USA)
Positive—The first Titans movie really grossed me out; I couldn’t even finish it. I thought this one was world’s better, though! Yes, there is not much of a plot, and, yes, the main character is a Greek guy with a cool Australian accent (which he somehow acquired between this story and the last one, hmmmmm), but the effects were cool enough that I had fun watching it, anyway. There was another great performance by Bill Nighy… too bad his character got killed off so quickly!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Kadie Jo, age 20 (USA)
Positive—This is a polished mythology, with a lot of added elements, however sacrifice and forgiveness are the two key themes throughout the movie. In one instance, there was Hades utters, “when the human die, their souls go to another place but gods, death is simply… absence.” Great action fantasy adventure…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Cyril Thomas, age 32 (United Kingdom)
Neutral
Neutral—This movie was very entertaining. The story was pretty good, and the acting was good, but I wasn’t really able to connect with any characters. Everyone keeps saying that this movie is EXTREMELY violent, but that isn’t the case. This movie is about as violent as one of the “Star Wars” movies. Not to mention, half of the action sequences are man vs. very unrealistic beast. The most intense scene, however, is towards the end, when the 2 brothers fight. It isn’t particularly graphic, but Perseus gets a lot of graphic wounds. I also noticed that the movie was very short. It was like an hour and 30 minutes. Also, this is a SEQUEL to the movie “Clash of the Titans.” I hadn’t seen it before and still understood “Wrath of the Titans,” so no problems there.

And, finally, with the spiritual content. Zeus creates and is known to be “almighty”. There are several God’s that the people pray to (i.e., God of Sea, god of war, etc.), but I don’t think it will confuse your kids anymore than the Buddhist messages in “Star Wars,” or the fact that Thor is the “God of Thunder”.

All in all, this movie would be good for a dad and sons to go see (I saw a guy with his 4 year old daughters at this movie, though.).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jason, age 55 (USA)
Negative
Negative—I tried to watch this movie, but it’s so dark, depressing, evil, violent and has so many demonic evil-looking creatures. I like the other “Wrath of the Titans” much better. This one, they actually are going to Hades (hell) to try and rescue one of the “gods” that is there. After 30 minutes, I couldn’t stomach anymore, what a waste of time, and, as a Christian, you don’t want those visuals in your head of these crazy looking demonic creatures meant to put fear in people. Sure, there was a lot of action, because it was all violence, it was rather boring… don’t waste your previous God-given time on this movie.
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—Samantha, age 37 (USA)
Comments from young people
Negative—I wasn’t looking forward to seeing this movie in the first place, but was convinced by my younger brother to go. I thought that maybe since I had such low expectations that I might enjoy it. I was wrong. The script was lousy, the acting was bad, the character development was horrible. The best actors in the movie, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson, looked embarrassed to be there. The CGI was decent, but it didn’t even get slightly entertaining, until the third act and then lagged on. As far as morals, there was nothing wrong with it. Pretty clean, from what I remember. Overall, it is worth skipping.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Aliya Mcreynolds, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I thought that “Wrath of the Titans” was overall better than the first one. Except for the Greek Mythology stuff, and some sensitive issues, this movie was pretty clean. The violence level is high throughout this movie, although it isn’t to graphic it is still violence. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this movie for children under the age of 13 (with exception to mature 12 year olds). Because although the violence isn’t too graphic there is a variety of creepy creatures that may cause nightmares.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Amarissa Ruiz, age 13 (USA)

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