Wrath of the Titans
Ten years after defeating the Kraken, Perseus and his son are trying to have a somewhat normal life. Perseus is fed up with the gods and doesn’t want to have anything to do with them, even if things are clearly not going all too well in the world. However, when a chimera attacks his son and it becomes clear that his father Zeus has been betrayed by Hades and Ares, Perseus sees it necessary to take up arms once again to ensure mankind’s survival. Together with Queen Andromeda and Poseidon’s demi-god son Agenor he heads off into Tartarus, hoping that they can liberate Zeus fast enough to stop the liberation of the strongest Titan of them all: Kronos.
Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to 2010′s Clash of the Titans which also starrs Sam Worthington in the lead, and has Liam Neesom and Ralph Fiennes in supporting roles. Instead of Alexa Davalos we now get Rosamund Pike as Andromeda and that’s a welcome change. Pike doesn’t act as food for the Kraken but rather takes a stand as the mighty leader of an army that acts as mankind’s last remaining line of defense against the creatures of the underworld. At least, that’s the idea.
When Perseus comes along, she has no issue what so ever to leave her army and join him on his quest but unfortunately her role seems to consist of little more than just tagging along and look good (even with mud all over her face). Toby Kebbell’s Agenor then serves as somewhat of a funny sidekick but at least he’s the “Navigator” who’ll get Perseus to where he needs to be so he does serve some purpose.
As you can imagine, the story is still as shallow and simple as with Clash of the Titans, but fortunately the action is a bit better. Instead of having to go through half the movie before we get to see some real spectacle, director Jonathan Liebesman quickly ups the ante with the attack of the chimera at the beginning of the film and then takes us on a journey from one fight to the next, only pausing here and there for some “meaningful” dialogue. It isn’t all that great (I especially found Kronos to be quite the disappointment) but it does manage to entertain.
Warner delivers excellent image and sound with this Blu-ray release. The transfer is highly detailed, has perfect contrast, lifelike skin textures, and vibrant colors. The only minor issues that we found were that black levels are a tidbit inconsistent at times and there are a couple of scenes that come over a bit faded. Other than that, Wrath of the Titans is near perfect when it comes to image quality.
The sound is even better than the image, with a wide range coming from the front, excellent use of the surround and subwoofer for an overload of effects and music, and crystal clear dialogues that are perfectly positioned. If there’s one thing that makes this mediocre fantasy action flick score just above average, it’s the technical quality of the transfer. Qua extra’s the most notable are “The Path of the Gods” and “The Path of Men”. These two features offer background information on the characters and creatures seen in the movie, as well as behind the scenes footage and interviews with cast & crew.