Tuesday, September 18, 2012

One Minute Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans

It's almost inconceivable to believe that any director could take a high action film concept mix it with Greek mythology, madness, and monsters generated by state of the art special effects and make it a positive sleep fest. Well for Battle:LA director, Jonathan Liebesman, it was a hearty and definitive mission accomplished. Include the absolute inane acting of leading man Sam Worthington and you have a cinematic disaster of Titan proportions. The first film was mediocre at best, replacing all of the original's drippy, 80's goodness with a darker reboot that attempted to replace substance with an absurd CGI overkill. In this outing, the story makes remarkably little sense, the acting even more so, and, in order to propel the plot, takes humongous liberties with the legends of Zeus, Hades, Perseus, and their like. Put simply, it is a mess of a movie with few redeeming qualities with the exception of its National Debt size FX budget. The most distrurbing aspect is the level of talent existing in this fail; Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Bill Nighy (Davey Jones of Pirates fame). Their presence is an embarrassment to their otherwise stellar careers. I was a Herculean fan, and one of the very few if only, of Battle:LA, however, this flick may lend credibility to those who criticized Liebesman's directorial talents. 1 out of 5 Kernels: Sometimes, when it comes to judging the worthiness of sequels, studios should tote the Nancy Reagan line and just say no.

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