Wrath of the Titans – A Preview (in cinemas March 29th)

February was a fabulous month for movies. Not only did we have monster hits such as Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist, but we were treated to surprises such as Joe Carnahan’s The Grey and Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I even enjoyed the Ghost Rider sequel! So with such a strong start to the year, the big question being asked was: Can this run continue? Well, with March’s tent pole release being Wrath of the Titans — the answer appears to be no.

This might sound a little presumptuous, possibly even a little harsh, but if you were one of the many who were disappointed with Clash of the Titans, you will understand why I am less than excited for the sequel. Wrath of the Titans is set a decade after the violent climax in which Perseus (Sam Worthington) defeated the Kraken. Unable to forego his destiny and live a quiet life, Perseus embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus (Liam Neeson), who has been targeted for capture by his traitorous son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes).

To my surprise, the footage released so far looks pretty good. But then so did the trailer for Clash of the Titans which, despite the film grossing $500 million worldwide, was still a huge disappointment. Poor dialogue, less than impressive acting and one of the worst uses of 3-D I have seen to date. Even lead actor Sam Worthington wasn’t a fan of the film. “The first one I didn’t like,” he said. “I’m not playing a character. I’m playing a carbon-copy friggin’ conduit that just goes on an action spree.”

With Tarsem Singh’s Immortals still fresh in the mind, Wrath of the Titans has a lot to live up to. What Singh’s film may have lacked in dialogue, it certainly made up for with production design and epic fight scenes — plus the fact that it actually had some Titans! But if rumors are to be believed, the people behind the franchise admit there is room for improvement, and this time around they have chosen to shoot the film in 3-D rather than convert it later. After films like Hugo and dare I say it, Transformers 3, it shows that making the extra effort can pay dividends.

With new director Jonathan Liebesman of Battle: LA-fame and not to mention a fired up Sam Worthington on board, I think Wrath of the Titans could well be the improvement of the first film everyone is hoping for.

Wrath of the Titans opens nationwide on March 29.

(First published in March’s issue of Groove Korea Magazine)

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