Loud, brash and low on plot, Wrath of the Titans proves to be another instantly-forgettable blockbuster.

A sequel to an action epic that nobody thought was much cop first time around, this effects-heavy extravaganza does nothing to prove the doubters wrong.

At least at 99 minutes the running time is brisk, but even that proves a stretch due to the bombardment of combat scenes thrown up on the screen.

Set 10 years after the original Clash, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is now a peaceful fisherman, happy to see out his days caring for his son.

All that changes though when the villainous Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Aries (Edgar Ramirez) team up to ensnare Perseus’ father Zeus, drain his power and unleash Cronos, the daddy of both Hades and Zeus.

And that is pretty much all there is, although a few more characters with names you will struggle to remember get thrown into the mix like Agenor, son of Poseidon, and Andromeda.

There is very little in the way of preamble here, and we are thrown headlong into the first in a seemingly endless series of fights early on.

The combat scenes are pretty epic in scale, but the action is so CGI-heavy and erratically cut that you are often left with no real idea what is going on.

The result of that is a real sense of dullness, and after a while I just stopped caring.

Worthington is charismatic enough and just about holds things together, while the likes of Fiennes and Liam Neeson add some authoity to their roles.

There are some attempts at humour courtesy of Toby Kebbel’s Agenor, but to be honest I found those scenes more irritating than anything else.

A lot of money has obviously been thrown at this, and to be fair the whole thing does look quality.

But with a flimsy story, far too many effects scenes and very little to quicken the pulse, the only thing I took away from Wrath of the Titans was a headache.

 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.