Movie review: Wrath of the Titans

Mar 30, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Sam Worthington is back as the gritty Greek demigod Perseus, who must reconcile with his lightning-powered father Zeus in order to protect his own son. Raging battles, silly Cyclopses and glorious 3-D make for a fast-paced mythological adventure at the cinema!


One of the things I find most entertaining about ancient Greek literature is how petty, angry and jealous their gods seem to be. Of course they had supernatural powers and weapons, but still they often remind me of people I know. The characters in Wrath of the Titans are no different. Perseus, played by a brooding Sam Worthington, is at odds with his father Zeus, who has high expectations for his son. Wanting only to be a simple fisherman and live a quiet life, Perseus hopes to spare his own tween son Helius (John Bell) all the danger and drama in which the gods seem to revel. But just like in another famous father-son story, every time Perseus thinks he’s out, they pull him back in.

This time the gods are losing their command over the exiled Titans and their ruthless leader Kronos, the "godfather" of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. But a father’s sins are always visited upon his sons and as Zeus’ power is literally drained from his body, Perseus agrees to join forces with warrior-woman Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and Poseidon's son Agenor (Toby Kebbell). This formidable trio fights their way through labyrinths, battle fire-breathing beasts and cone-headed, one-eyed giants — you know, all the good stuff!

Wrath is a fun, popcorn-munching treat (and now with scientists claiming the snack has more antioxidants than fruits and veggies, why not indulge?). The movie is at its best with Pegasus' beautiful flight sequences, ultra quick-paced battle scenes and otherworldly creatures that will scare the Greek yogurt out of you. And did I mention the heavy-hitting actors? Who can resist Liam Neeson as Zeus or Ralph Fiennes as Hades? They manage to elevate the film’s hokey dialogue into prose worthy of a god. Normally taking the lighter, more comedic roles, Rosamund Pike makes a wonderfully strong and calculating Andromeda, a warrior princess beautiful enough to launch a thousand ships on her own.

Bottom line: Wrath of the Titans is a worthy action-flick whose story revolves around themes of family, power and justice. If you’re a fan of the mythology of ancient Greece, you’ll definitely want to check it out.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.