Despite 2010’s Clash Of The Titans remake getting a critical thumbs-down, a sequel was ordered, set a decade after Perseus’ (Worthington) defeat of the mighty Kraken. Perseus, the son of god Zeus, is now living a simple life as a fisherman with his son Helius, but he has to flex his mighty muscles once more when nasty Hades (Fiennes) teams up with Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and makes a deal with the ferocious leader of the Titans, Kronos, to capture Zeus (Neeson). Did we mention Kronos is the dad of Zeus, Hades and sea god Poseidon (Huston)? Good thing Perseus has Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) to help him save the world against all these angry gods and mortals, then.
Packed with spectacular action sequences, this mythical adventure is impressive to look at and features some cool-looking monsters and lush scenery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that as much time and care was spent on the script, which is clunky at best (and we don’t think the ancient Greeks often said ‘You gotta be kidding me,’ as Perseus mutters at one point). Neeson and Fiennes, meanwhile, get a decent amount of screen time as the godly brothers who bring new meaning to the phrase ‘sibling rivalry’, and Prince Of Persia’s Toby Kebbell is fine as the comic relief, but Worthington (never as interesting as the bouffant hairdo he’s sporting) gets lost in amongst the CGI creatures and weightier performances.
Older kids will like the action and the Greek myths, though, and the story is left in such a way that, if this is a box office hit, there will likely be another sword-wielding, butt-kicking, muscle-bound sequel.
Is Wrath Of The Titans suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
This does have violent fights and is aimed at children over 12. Younger children may be upset to see major characters turned to dust, or stabbed.
There are also some ghoulish creatures that may frighten younger/more sensitive viewers.