HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Nest, The
Martin Eden
Halloween Kills
Cicada
Sun Shines Bright, The
Last Thing Mary Saw, The
Comets
Herself
Mon Oncle d'Amerique
Wild Strawberries
Runner, The
Don't Look Up
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Eternals
Forever Purge, The
Memoria
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Legend of La Llorona, The
Japon
Glasshouse
Perdita Durango
Commando, The
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror
Boiling Point
Malignant
Deadly Games
Ailey
Voyeurs, The
Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes
In the Earth
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Hotel Poseidon
Zola
No Time to Die
Klaus
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Candyman
Power of the Dog, The
StageFright
Voyage of Time: An IMAX Documentary
   
 
Newest Articles
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
Yeah, Too Quiet: The Great Silence on Blu-ray
Vestron Double Bill: Dementia 13 and The Wraith
Farewell Dean Stockwell: His Years of Weirdness
Kung Fu Craft: Cinematic Vengeance! on Blu-ray
999 Letsbe Avenue: Gideon's Way on Blu-ray
Hungary for Cartoons: Hungarian Animations on MUBI
You Have No Choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Blu-ray
You Can't Tame What's Meant to Be Wild: The Howling on Blu-ray
Commendably Brief: Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Super Silents: Early Universal Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
   
 
  Wrath of the Titans Olympus Has Fallen
Year: 2012
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston, John Bell, Lily James, Freddy Drabble, Kathryn Carpenter, Martin Bayfield, Spencer Wilding
Genre: Action, Fantasy, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Ten years after heroic Perseus (Sam Worthington) saved ancient Greece from the monstrous Kraken, his father Zeus (Liam Neeson), king of the Gods, returns with dire warning. The crumbling walls of Tartarus will soon unleash all manner of demons led by Cronos, vengeful king of the Titans. At first Perseus refuses to join the fight and abandon his young son (John Bell), now that his beloved wife has died. But then Ares (Edgar Ramirez), god of war, betrays Zeus and together with Hades (Ralph Fiennes) imprisons him in the underworld allowing Cronos to drain his strength. As monsters begin falling from the sky, humanity faces extinction, driving Perseus to rejoin Princess Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and her army and embark on a perilous quest to save Zeus and the world.

Stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen never got around to Force of the Trojans, the proposed follow-up to his original Clash of the Titans (1981) but the producers behind the 2010 remake got their sequel off the ground. Released to critical indifference but boffo box office - as Variety used to say - around the world, Wrath of the Titans outdoes its chaotic, albeit sporadically engaging predecessor weaving a heady spectacle with intriguing, though undeniably slight themes. After a stilted turn in the first film, Sam Worthington has grown into his role. He invests a surprising layer of gravitas along with welcome wry humour to his conflicted hero, still grappling with the sense of being a pawn of the gods. With Gemma Arterton’s character hastily despatched before the action starts, the plot clears a path for Perseus to romance Princess Andromeda. Replacing Alexa Davalos, Rosamund Pike brings grace and authority to the role and not only looks fetching in battle garb but marshals her troops with convincing force of presence.

Rosamund Pike also delivers the film’s keynote speech about faith being a defining aspect of the human condition, although belief in what exactly remains an open question. Wrath of the Titans details the fall of the ancient Greek gods, brought about, it is hinted, as much in reaction to their own capriciousness and cruelty as by the mystical menace of Cronos. Screenwriters Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson, working from a story co-written with Greg Berlanti, creator of short-lived superhero television series No Ordinary Family and director of the surprisingly affecting Katherine Heigl rom-com Life as We Know It (2010), concoct an interesting idea wherein praying to the gods simply alerts them to the heroes’ presence. There is the sense that humanity must learn to have faith in something else, intertwined with the theme of sons growing disillusioned with flawed father figures. Although these themes prove somewhat muddled they remain worth savouring even while the action increasingly resembles an RPG and still struggles to back its ideas with a solid emotional core.

Nevertheless, a starry ensemble work wonders with some occasionally anachronistic dialogue. Although Edgar Ramirez is a disappointingly bland villain, Ralph Fiennes essays a more intriguingly conflicted Hades this time and Bill Nighy injects some quirky humour with his Yorkshire-accented Hephaestus! Jonathan Liebesman, director of one-dimensional but genuinely fun sci-fi shoot ’em up Battle: Los Angeles (2011), invests the action with a weighty sense of mythic grandeur. He proves especially adept at staging vivid, you-are-there monster battles. Ben Davis’ exceptional cinematography prevents the artificial environment from lapsing into computer game territory, even when one of the many spectacular CGI creations are rampaging across the screen. One thing about these movies is they are a delight for monster fans.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 2955 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Jonathan Liebesman  (1976 - )

South African director who got acclaim for his powerful 2000 short film, Genesis and Catastrophe, based on the Roald Dahl story. Made his Hollywood debut with hit horror Darkness Falls and followed it with epics Battle: Los Angeles and sequel Wrath of the Titans. A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was successful but little loved.

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: