Wrath of the Titans

release year: 2011
genre: fantasy/adventure
viewing setting: home DVD, 8/28/12

synopsis: Treachery among the gods is going to cause their imminent downfall, and only Persesus, son of Zeus, can stop it.

impressions: Like the first one, entertaining in an action-packed, "it has plenty of cool mythological elements" way. It would have been a little more plausible if Perseus had had some defined superhuman ability, even just toughness - you don't take multiple punches from true gods and survive. Not if you're mortal. I found the ever-shifting, maze-like god-prison Tartarus to be neat, as was the representation of Kronos (father to Zeus et al and the ultimate antagonist here.)

something this movie has that no other movie has: A hundreds-of-feet-tall fire monster who can wipe out an army with a casual wave of its hand.

acting: Sam Worthington does a good job as the hero. Toby Kebbell is also good as a rogueish demigod who helps. Rosamund Pike is strong as a warrior princess. Liam Neeson is fallen god ruler Zeus. Ralph Fiennes is his traitorous but ultimately noble brother Hades. Danny Huston is other brother Poseidon. Edgar Ramirez plays Ares, the jealous godly brother of Perseus.

final word: Good adventure, might make more sense as a sequel than on its own.

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