Film review Wrath of the Titans in 3D

Wrath of the Titans” is an epic fantasy film sequel to “Clash of the Titans” (2010) released in 2D and 3D. I was disappointed to find out that “Wrath of the Titans” is post-converted, the first film was so badly converted to 3D that people quickly associates an awful 3D conversion with “Clash of the Titans“, qualified by some as an attempt to fleece the viewers taking advantage of the Avatar 3D effect which had been released by around the same time.

The South African director Jonathan Liebesman first announced that “Wrath of the Titans” would be shoot in real 3D to later retract a few months later saying that he wanted the film to have a better texture than digital cameras can offer and therefore it would converted to 3D after using 2D cameras. On the good side “Wrath of the Titans” was designed as a 3D film from the ground up and the producers learned from their past mistakes.

Wrath of the Titans 3D
Wrath of the Titans 3D

Filming took place in the UK and Spain, using various studios around London and on location in Surrey, South Wales and the Mount Teide, home of an inactive volcano in the Canary Islands (Spain) surrounded by a national park. The director’s preference for handheld cameras is felt during the whole film with some scenes are very shaky making it hard to know what is exactly going on, not surprisingly this is the same “Battle Los Angeles” (2011) director, a science fiction film full of shaky action scenes handheld camera style. There isn’t too much cohesion on the action timeline either, somewhat chaotic, with a consolation prize of spectacular special effects.

The film places a stronger emphasis on the characters than the story itself, a very feeble one, the ideal public for “Wrath of the Gods” are those who like impressive action scenes, greatly enhanced in 3D. The dialogue is nothing to be proud of and it comes with a mix of British, American and Australian accents, a big major blunder is that Perseus speaks with Australian accent while his son does so with British accent. I would not personally recommend this film to anyone who likes to have a proper plot, if you all you care about is fighting then sure, go for it, the 3D version would also be worth in that case, but not imperative, the conversion was pretty decent.

Synopsis: A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus is attempting to live quietly as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son. But unbeknownst to Perseus, a struggle for supremacy has been raging between the gods that will come to threaten his idyllic life.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writter: Dan Mazeau
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min.

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