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Wrath of the Titans

March 30th 2012
  • Action/Adventure,
  • PG-13,
  • 120 min,
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
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  • Cast: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Danny Huston, Édgar Ramírez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell, George Blagden, Lily James, Matt Milne, Lamberto Guerra, Alex Claus, Freddy Drabble, Jorge Guimerá, Alejandro Naranjo, Paul Warren, Spencer Wilding
  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Writers: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson, Steven Knight, Greg Berlanti
  • Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Polly Johnsen
  • Executive Producers: Kevin De La Noy, Jon Jashni, Louis Leterrier, Callum McDougall, Karl McMillan, Thomas Tull
  • Art Direction: Ray Chan
  • Casting: Jina Jay
  • Costume Design: Jany Temime
  • D.O.P.: Ben Davis
  • Editor: Martin Walsh
  • Makeup: Paul Engelen
  • Music: Javier Navarrete
  • Production Design: Charles Wood
  • Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Storyline

A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son, Helius. His love Io is still following him and protecting him from all troubles.

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 and Poseidon. 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's godly son, Ares (Édgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus's remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth.

Enlisting the help of his love Io, the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon's demigod son, Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: London, UK; Surrey, Wales; Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of fantasy violence and action
  • Production Budget: $150 million
  • Production Companies: Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Schedule: March 2011 - August 2011

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Trivia

2012 Guide Analysis: "It was hardly a great film, but the original 1981 Greek mythological epic "Clash of the Titans" has deservedly earned a cult following over the years of which I'm a proud member. While Harry Hamlin's nipples, Maggie Smith as a bitchy goddess and the stop motion effects made it lots of fun, it was one of the few films that actually understood Greek mythology and adapted it fairly faithfully (Bubo aside) rather than re-envisioned it into something else entirely.

The 2010 remake however, though it has supporters for some of its impressive production design, was a mess and one of the biggest disappointments in cinema-going for me in years. Characters like Cassiopea and Andromeda were rendered useless, the Gods looked like they were hanging out at a well-lit disco on a theme night, and the dialogue was often painfully awkward - most notably Gemma Arterton's. Don't get me started on how they ruined the great Medusa's lair sequence from the original.

Despite the critical drubbing, and the film becoming the poster child for how NOT to do 3D, the new 'Clash' made a half billion dollars worldwide so a sequel was inevitable. Much like the recent "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows", the filmmakers have essentially not even bothered to try and stay true to Greek myth this time. Instead we're getting a straight up action fantasy mash-up of beasts, deities and fantastical locales.

'Wrath' explores the Gods vs. Titans war, a story already played out in the likes of the "God of War" video game series and last year's gory "Immortals". One welcome difference is that the approach isn't a straight up war tale but rather a big ol' 'rescue mission' storyline. Here we see Perseus (Worthington sporting a shaggy haircut) and a few others setting out on a quest to rescue Zeus from the Underworld where Hades and Ares are holding him after making a deal with their Titan father Kronos.

Armed with a better cast and grittier look, it's a film that will almost certainly prove more conventionally satisfying than the first one. Those involved are reportedly far more pleased with how it turned out than they were with the disappointing 'Clash', certainly the first trailer surprised quite a few people even though it picked a poor time to launch (against the superior "Prometheus" and "Dark Knight Rises" teasers). People were badly burned by the first one though and 'Wrath' will have to overcome that resentment if it is to achieve the success level that 'Clash' did."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 28 March 2012: Belgium, France
  • 29 March 2012: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • 30 March 2012: Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK
  • 12 April 2012: Cambodia
  • 21 April 2012: Japan
  • 29 May 2012: Georgia