Saturday, 31 March 2012

Wrath of the Titans

 Rating: ★★★

I was lucky enough to get preview tickets this week to see Wrath of the Titans at the London IMAX only a day after the actual premiere had been held there. We even got to hear a short speech from stars Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington before it started.

Meet the family
The story is really a family drama about a highly dysfunctional band of brothers who just happen to be Greek Gods - Zeus (Liam Neeson), Poseidon (Danny Huston), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) - and Zeus's son Perseus (Sam Worthington). Perseus is a demi-god but he's more interested in his human side and being a fisherman than helping his father Zeus stop Hades. But then Zeus gets kidnapped and imprisoned by Hades, the Titans are unleashed upon the world and Perseus is stuck going on an epic quest with warrior queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), his all-god brother Ares (Edgar Ramirez), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) so he can save the World from lots of really bad stuff.

Back to business
But if that's already too much information, don't worry about it, you can pretty much forget about all that now, because the reasons why Perseus is battling Titans isn't nearly as important in this movie as the battles themselves. All the way through the film while I was gasping and staring at the amazing special effects I was thinking about how the moviemakers must have spent most of their time while making this movie thinking 'now how can we make this scene even more outrageously epic' - and then they did it. For example, the climax involves people running for their lives from a 10,000ft man made entirely of molten lava as the Gods sling their enormous tridents at each other and loads of other SFX creatures are running about in the background smashing extras to bits...

The makers managed to involve a lot of the Greek myths and in true Hollywood fashion they have over-embellished them within an inch of their lives and mangled them together in such a way that you're almost tricked into believing it's an original idea.

That said, I was thoroughly entertained by the film, the action scenes were awesome and the family drama was kind of interesting in a fantasy film - although most of the audience laughed at how badly written and awkward the 'touching' father-son moment was between Perseus and his son Helius. And the romance between Andromeda and Perseus was painfully predictable and seemed to come out of nowhere - like the filmmakers were ticking boxes and had forgotten to tick the 'obligatory kissy moment' until the final reel. But I'm spiralling into negativity again which is not my intention because I am a big fan of Greek Mythology and this was a very epic and action-packed take on a now much overlooked genre.

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