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These Titans are out of juice

Movie review
By: Frank Miller Special to The News Messenger
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When movie studios start making sequels out of remakes it makes you wonder if the executives really think stones have blood and are sitting around desperately squeezing the heck out of them. “Wrath of the Titans” follows up the rather disappointing remake of “Clash of the Titans” and the results are fairly similar the second time around. The film picks up with half-man, half-god Perseus (Sam Worthington) a decade after the events from the original film. He lives a quiet life amongst mortals raising his son to be a fisherman. When his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) warns him of an oncoming war between gods and Titans, Perseus must take up his sword once more to prevent the annihilation of mankind. The film is so desperate to get to the action sequences that it feels like the plot is almost unnecessary. The story of Perseus is nothing more than the basic tenants of the “hero’s journey” method of storytelling, which makes it interchangeable with most other adventure movies. It doesn’t matter what cause Perseus is fighting for because the familiarity robs the film of any tension or intrigue. All that matters here is how much creativity is mustered for the fight scenes and creature design. To its credit, “Wrath of the Titans” is nothing if not a showcase for some inspired visual wizardry. The film is laden with computer-generated effects but the filmmakers managed to conjure up a decent amount of spectacle from them. However, if you’re like me and like your movies to have a compelling plot, “Wrath of the Titans” is going to feel more like a video game than an actual film. At least with a video game, I could have skipped the dialogue scenes, paused it when I got bored or used the disc as a coaster to wring every bit of usefulness out of such a mediocre product. Frank Miller is a Sacramento writer. ---------- “Wrath of the Titans” Directed by Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson Rating: Two out of five stars