Review: Wrath of Titans (12A)

Never underestimate the intoxicating power of nostalgia.

Louis Leterrier’s bombastic 2010 remake of the cult swords and sandals adventure Clash Of The Titans suffered a critical mauling, and was deservedly lambasted for an ill-judged last-minute conversion to the 3D format.

Yet, Leterrier’s film still amassed close to half-a-billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

Money talks and consequently the gods and monsters of classic Greek mythology live to slay another day in Wrath Of The Titans.

Jonathan Liebesman supplants Leterrier in the director’s chair, welcoming back the cast of the first film for a showdown of cataclysmic proportions.

Demi-god Perseus (Sam Worthington) returns to his fishing village with 10-year-old son Helius (John Bell), hoping to put his monster-slaying days behind him.

Alas, war looms because the humans have neglected the gods, weakening brothers Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston).

Consequently, the imprisoned Titans led by the gods’ banished father Kronos are gaining in strength and will soon escape the cavernous dungeon prison of Tartarus designed by fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy).

Zeus is betrayed by Hades and his godly son Ares (Edgar Ramirez), who have forged a pact with Kronos to retain their immortality once hell is unleashed upon the Earth.

Perseus answers the call to arms to rescue Zeus, slaying a menagerie of terrifying beasts with the help of feisty Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike).

DAMON SMITH

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