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Wrath of the Titans

Year: 2012
Production Co: Legendary Pictures
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer: Dan Mazeau/David Leslie Johnson
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez

The Titans name still isn't completely untarnished but at least Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman and star Worthington have attempted to make something a lot less silly than Clash of the Titans , which was the most one dimensional 3D movie ever made.

With no points for originality (the plot has the same basis as Tarsem Singh's irascible Immortals), there's a more urgent, grittier, war movie-style that makes it look and feel more dramatic than just merely thrilling, and the effects sequences are a little better enmeshed with the new approach. The cinematography has a personality, which is much more than we could say last time.

Perseus (Worthington plus mullet, but still without an accent beyond his native one) is now a father and villager and wants nothing more than to put his sword down. But when brothers Hades (Fiennes) and Ares (Ramirez) team up, enslave Zeus (Neeson) and intend to release the Titans upon the world to destroy humanity before their lack of belief in them spells the end for the gods forever, he has no choice but to saddle up and be the hero once more. Along with Queen Andromeda (Pike) and a motley band of hangers-on he rides into the underworld to free Zeus and you know it won't be long before he has to face another giant monster.

After his last terribly written but well shot effort, Liebesman knows how to fill a movie screen. When Titan Kronos makes his climactic appearance as a behorned monster who's risen out of a volcano and splatters lava with every sweep of his huge arms, you really believe the thing is hundreds of feet high as the tiny Perseus rides into battle on the back of his winged horse.

The script is less hammy and the characters have as much depth as you can expect in a swords and sorcery blockbuster. If we can forget Clash exists we might have a much easier relationship with the franchise. Although it hasn't been much better received critically, and after the billion dollar haul of Clash it's barely scraped its own budget back so far.

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