Wrath of the Titans is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and written by Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson. It stars Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Dany Huston, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson. Music is by Javier Navarrete and cinematography by Ben Davis.
After the financial success of their remake of Clash of the Titans, it was inevitable that Warner Brothers would usher out a sequel. Amazingly it happens to be better, though that is not really a guide to quality since the first film was so distinctly average.
This time the story actually has a story instead of an excuse to just throw an action scene after another action scene, and Worthington has had a haircut that at least passes for Greek mythology times! In fact the production design all round is much better. Though again, it didn't take much to improve...
However, it's all very sluggish in execution, the director unable to garner dramatic suspense as we wait for the beasties and baddies to offer up their challenges. At times it feels exactly like it is what it is, a cash cow being milked to death, where even great thespians like Neeson and Fiennes have that look about them that says "this one is paying for my new Rover next week".
That the film does exactly what the paying customers expect, you know - lots of machismo, bangs and crashes and CGI tomfoolery - is no reason to beat it down, but you would think the studio would want a bit more adventure for their bucks? To maybe entice new film watchers interested in the fantasy genre? Sadly that isn't the case.
Still, I have been in lust with Rosamund Pike since forever, so her being prissy in this works well for me. Bill Nighy and Toby Kebbell are bright spots in amongst the beards and skirts, while Pegasus and Cyclops are joyously bought to life for our beady eyes to feast on. 5.5/10