Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, is a film that knows exactly what kind of movie it is. It does not reach out for dramatic weight or deep character development. This film has no high aspirations other than to be a temporary diversion. Because of this, the film is successful.A sequel to 2010’s remake of the 1981 monster movie classic, Wrath of the Titans tells the story of Perseus, the son of Zeus, who must travel to the underworld to rescue his father in order to prevent the banished god Kronos from rising again to destroy the world. That is about as much story as the film has and it is brought forth in the first fifteen minutes of the film. After that is established, a monster attack starts the breakneck action movie that the rest of the film will be.One of the most commendable aspects of this film is the pacing. It is so faced paced that it hardly leaves any room to breathe. There is no down time, rather the film just keeps moving towards its next set piece. This aspect can likely be credited to director Jonathan Liebesman, taking over for Louis Letterier, who obviously realized that nobody was going to see Wrath of the Titans for character development, and so decided not to even try to present any. He just keeps the focus on the visuals and action sequences.Those action sequences, by the way, are very entertaining. Unfortunately, the lack of character development means that the audience won’t care who makes it out of these sequences alive. That is not to say that they are boring, though. With one exception, they are versatile, well choreographed, and very fun to watch. That one exception, a rather boring fight, is luckily over very quickly, preventing it from taking away too much from the experience. It very much seems like the filmmakers kept trying to out-cool what they just did, and they achieve their goal quite consistently, especially when the gods are involved.
The visuals however are mostly good. While the color palate is...
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