Wrath of the Titans
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike. Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The sequel to Clash of the Titans has Perseus, a demigod, entering into Hades itself in order to aid his father Zeus and other impotent sovereigns of Olympus when a vengeful god sets out to destroy both Earth and Olympus. Turns out, the gods have become weak because the people of Earth are not praying to them, the neglect of humans diminishing their powers.

PREVIEW REVIEW: As you can imagine, this premise leads to violent and treacherous conflicts with demonic forces and special effects monsters doing battle after battle with a gallant group of earthlings. But my goodness, the fierce confrontations are non-ending. There wasnít this much carnage on Iwo Jima.

In any great action film, whether it be Jason and the Argonauts or Jaws, the filmmakers wisely give the audience moments to calm down after long scenes of sensory pummeling warfare. They donít overload the audience with action overkill. They give us time to process and then to become interested in the characters and the filmís theme. Not so with Wrath of the Titans. Its main goal is to allow the special effects team to run amuck. In doing so, however, we leave the theater feeling, not stimulated, but trounced.

As for the 3D process, well, we see lots of rocks coming right at us during volcanic explosions, but otherwise itís just there because the effect is still the rage. It adds no dimension. And believe me, this is a film that needs dimension. It isnít boring, but then neither is a visit to the proctologist. There are, however, things Iíd rather do. And films Iíd rather see.

By the way, where was Hercules in all of this? Wasnít he a son of Zeus, as well?

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Lots of violent imagery, with the lead being tossed around, his body slamming against boulders and through walls; youíd think this brutality would kill off the human side of Perseus, but not this guy, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Pretty bloodless for a film where lots of folks get killed.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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