The Score: "The Monster Fights Occur At Regular 10-Minute Intervals"

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 2:30PM

Written by J. Bachelor

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  • Wrath Of The Titans
  • Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes
  • March 30, 2011
News And Mail 1.5/4
News Day 2/4
Detroit News 8/10
The Guardian 5/5
NY Post 2/4

The Gods are angry: Again. The follow up to the 2010 remake Clash of The Titans descends into theaters today, as the human race takes a stab at celestial beings with Wrath of the Titans.

As fans have come to expect, Wrath features a whirlwind of special effects, epic battles and an easily digestible storyline.

"Wrath of the Titans" is a sequel to a remake -- specifically, 2010?s "Clash of the Titans" -- and critics say that while this follow-up retains its predecessor's goofy charm, it once again favors spectacle over storytelling and character development. This time out, the gods are losing their power due to humanity's spiritual apathy, which gives the Titans an opening to escape from exile and wreak havoc. It's up to the demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) to rescue Zeus and save the world from the vengeful Titans. (Speakeasy)

Sam Worthington, who reprises his role as Perseus, seems more comfortable this time around, exacting justice by the blade of his sword.

Maybe it's just my imagination, but Sam Worthington seems to be getting slightly less stiff as an actor. He now smiles occasionally, and he's at least risen to the soulful in-expressiveness of the young Ryan O'Neal. For a movie like 'Wrath of the Titans,' which is basically 'Gladiator' crossed with 'Lord of the Rings' crossed with a special-effects demo reel (call it 'Lord of the Rinky-Dink'), he's the perfect actor. And that's because he never threatens to overshadow all that fire.(USA Today)

Critics say the film's overuse of CGI becomes tiresome and distracting from the story's plot.

This is a movie in which whole sequences consist of nothing but guys fighting stiff computer images. Such scenes would be boring even were they done well, but these scenes aren't done well. There's an elaborate sequence inside a labyrinth-like cave, in which the stone walls and floors are constantly shifting. But even this has no impact, because we can practically see it on a computer screen.(SF Gate)

With fast-paced action sequences that arrive early and often, Wrath maintains the smash-and-bang formula of its predecessor.

The monster fights occur at regular 10-minute intervals: A three-headed chimera, a trio of big baby cyclops and an underwhelming minotaur (a fat guy wearing bull horns) and then some mechanical four-armed creatures that appear to have been left over from a Transformers movie.(The Globe and Mail)

Critics were unkind to Wrath, saying that it's weak storyline and less-than-impressive special effects may fail to grasp the interest of anyone old enough to drive.

The great accomplishment of "Wrath of the Titans" is that it's nowhere near as awful as "Clash of the Titans"; and if you accept it for what it is -- the aforementioned big ball of twaddle -- it's actually kind of fun.(Detroit News)
Liebesman doesn't bother much with making sense: Whenever someone needs a magical power that could yield some nifty CGI, he gets it, unexplained. An army commanded by Andromeda girds for battle -- then stands around watching Perseus go at it with Kronos. A major character's U-turn occurs after someone simply requests it. "Wrath of the Titans" suggests a franchise that isn't trying very hard, and I don't really expect a sequel. But if it does happen, I fear it'll be even less of an event: "Tiff of the Titans."(NY Post)

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