Betrayal. Forgiveness. Redemption. Love. — These are the four major themes explored in Wrath of the Titans, which debuted in Philippine cinemas last March 29. The film is a sequel to 2010’s blockbuster hit, “Clash of the Titans.
Sam Worthington returns as Perseus, that strong-willed (read: pig-headed) son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), who won’t leave his son Helios to save the world from the wrath of Cronus, Zeus’s father. Zeus goes to hell with Poseidon (Danny Huston) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez) in tow to convince Hades (Ralph Fiennes) to let them enter his dominion and make sure that their vengeful dad won’t escape Tartarus.
But Hades and Ares had something else in mind. Driven by his intense jealousy of Perseus, Ares BETRAYS his own father. He teams up with Hades to subdue Zeus and offer his last remaining powers to Cronus. They tie him like a sacrificial maiden in the heart of Tartarus while the seriously injured Poseidon escapes from hell and tells Perseus how he can save the world. He must find the fallen one and secure his help in breaching Tartarus.
Thus the audience is introduced to the beautiful Queen Andromeda (played by the lovely Rosamund Pike) and Agenor (Toby Kebbel). I had to Google Agenor’s name because I honestly didn’t understand it from the tight-lipped Worthington. With the help of these two, Perseus finds Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) and convinces him to help them get into the heart of Tartarus.
The trio find Zeus almost dead and teleports back to Queen Andromeda’s battalion stationed at the foot of Mt. Tartarus. After reaching camp, Perseus “prays” to Ares to meet him for a one-on-one battle while Hades sneaks in to FORGIVE Zeus for banishing him to hell. He REDEEMS himself by giving Zeus life. Together, these two old gods (emphasis on OLD) derail Cronus while Perseus struggles to defeat Ares to get heir father’s Thunderbolt. Several bruises later, Perseus defeats Cronus and all is well in the land of the mortals.
So where’s the love? Ares must have loved his father very much to hate him so. Perseus saves the world because he loves his son. And judging from the adoring looks she gave him, Queen Andromeda is infatuated with the Perseus. After what they went through, I wouldn’t be surprised if she loves him.
- On their way to Hephaeteus, Perseus’ merry band of heroes meets cyclops. These cyclops were talking to one another in their own language. Unfortunately, there were no captions (or should I say subtitles) provided, leaving the viewer lost in translation.
- It was nice to see Queen Andromeda in battle gear. In Clash of the Titans, she was the maiden to be sacrificed to the Kraken, helpless as a newborn babe. She ditched the plus size formal dress in this one and donned a sexy battle gear.
- Which reminds me, why didn’t Alexa Davalos reprise her role as Andromeda?
- Why can the gods here look like the gods in the Immortals? It makes more sense for immortal gods to look young, strong, and powerful. Not old men who look like they could be hermits. On second thought, they are losing their powers because people are not praying to them anymore. That could account for their aged looks.
- The hero always gets the girl.