Wrath of the Titans
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) –the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson)–is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Ramirez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
This is a visually stunning film and the dramatics in the movie hit just the right notes. Kronos, Hades and Ares join forces to overthrow Zeus. Zeus’s son, Perseus, must defeat Ares and protect his own son Helius. Enlisting the help of Queen Andromeda, Perseus has much to overcome in rescuing Zeus, overthrowing the Titans and saving the world. The family relationships and the importance of forgiveness are powerful themes. There is also a blossoming romance between Perseus and the queen.
The special effects in the film are impressive as are the dramatic tensions and the love for a son and the son’s love for his father. Helius’ love for his father gives Perseus the strength to fight a difficult foe. Forgiveness is a powerful theme as well as both Hades and Zeus ultimately forgive each other, Hades for Zeus’ banishment of him and Zeus for Hades’ attempt to overthrow him. The movie features a two-headed fire-breathing creature as well as a Cyclops and the battle against these creatures are visually impressive. Unfortunately, there is a curse used in the movie of “Go to H***” and the violence content hits a three in the ratings, meaning it is outside of Dove’s “family-approved” arena.