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Film review: The rehash of the 'Titans'

March 29, 2012|By Andy Klein
  • Sam Worthington as Perseus and Liam Neeson as Zeus in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "Wrath of the Titans."
Sam Worthington as Perseus and Liam Neeson as Zeus in Warner… (Photo courtesy…)

Remember the Titans? Not the “Remember the Titans” Titans, but rather the “Clash of the Titans” Titans. Remember them? This week's “Wrath of the Titans” is a sequel to 2010's “Clash of the Titans,” which was a remake of 1981's “Clash of the Titans,” which was an intermittently faithful adaptation of Greek myth.

Before we go any further, I need to ask a question: Just where are the danged Titans in these films? Both versions of “Clash” have exactly the same number of mythological Titans as “Remember the Titans” — zero. The new film, bless it, does have one (Kronos), despite its plural title. I guess “Wrath of the Titan” didn't have quite the same zing.

“Wrath of the Titans” kicks off 10 years after its 2010 predecessor. (Funny, the returning actors only look two years older). Perseus (Sam Worthington) — having slain the Kraken and saved the human race from Olympian revenge, stage-managed by Hades (Ralph Fiennes) — has rejected his demigod status and is living as a fisherman and, as a single parent, trying to raise his 10-year-old son, Helius (John Bell), the best he can.

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But you can't keep a bad god down, even in the Underworld, and Hades is at it again, plotting to capture Zeus (Liam Neeson). (Yes, it's that “Schindler's List” duo, together again!) Once he drains Zeus of his strength, the stage will be set for the return of Kronos, their mutual dad, who will visit all kinds of nastiness on the world. With the ever-weakening Zeus imprisoned in the Underworld, his son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) conspiring with Hades, and Poseidon (Danny Huston) dead, there's only one man — well, one half-man — who can tip the power balance against the coup plotters. As you've already guessed — you don't have to be the Cumaean sybil for this one — that savior would be Perseus.

Like everyone else in this version of Greek myth, Perseus has father issues; that is, he's bugged with his old man. But, faced with the devastation Kronos will cause to humans, he has to put aside his anti-Zeus feelings and join the cause. With the help of potential romantic interest Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and faithful winged steed Pegasus, he seeks out Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), who designed the Underworld and hence knows where the secret back door is.

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