April 15, 2012
At first, I did not really have any plan of watching this movie since the first film in its series, "Clash of the Titans," was so dismal. However today, since we were in the mall and my wife and daughter needed to get some shopping done, I brought my two sons to watch this. Hey, it was not as bad as I was expecting!
This film follows the story of Perseus 10 years after he killed the Kraken. He is a poor fisherman in a small town, a single dad with a son. When his dad Zeus was taken hostage by Hades and Ares in order to restore the powers and release the Titan Kronos (father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) from Tartarus, Perseus reunites with Andromeda (now queen) to embark on a rescue mission. Maybe because the director thought we all know how this will end, he throws us a preposterous surprise at the end.
On the debit side, their Greek mythology is mixed-up! What is the Minotaur doing in the Tartarus maze? It's like the writer was also inspired by the revisionist mythology by the Percy Jackson books instead of classical mythology. The supposedly immortal gods can even DIE here! The acting is not that important here. Sam Worthington is still a bland lead actor. Rosamund Pike does not convince as a warrior queen. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes (as Zeus and Hades respectively) were rather cheesy, as they appeared and acted more human than godly really.
Overall though, this film is okay on the level of a CG action adventure. The visual effects are breath- taking, especially how they fiery way they envisioned Kronos! The creatures that battled Perseus and company during his quest, as well as the labyrinthine structure of Tartarus, are excellently executed. If you lower your expectations, this film will entertain you for that free one and a half hours that you have, as it did very well for us.