Box art for Wrath of the Titans (2012)

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

action & adventure


When the gods are in danger of being overthrown by the Titans, Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the Underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    25%
  • Audience Score
    49%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Bland fantasy sequel has some scary monsters.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to 2010's Clash of the Titans, which was a remake of a 1981 movie. While Wrath does have a fair bit of mid-level fantasy violence, it's generally less intense than the previous movie -- though there are still many giant monsters that could be scary for younger viewers. Language isn't much of an issue, with one use of "hell" as well as mentions of "gods" and "Hades" as they pertain to Greek mythology. There's also some minor innuendo and a kiss for the hero. It's presented in 3-D, which ups the intensity a little bit, but overall the 3-D isn't put to particularly effective use.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the behavior of gods and humans. Have the gods learned anything since Clash of the Titans? What's the main thing that Perseus learns about being both god and man? Can you connect any of the movie's messages about humankind to real life?
  • Which of the monsters are the scariest? Are the biggest ones scariest, or are the smaller ones more effective? How does the movie's fantasy nature affect the impact of its violent scenes?
  • Perseus learns to gain strength from his own son, much as Zeus learned to gain strength from Perseus. What other lessons are passed on between fathers and sons in this movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Doesn't drag in doling out familiar sensations.

- William Goss, Film.com, Friday, March 30, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I was thoroughly disappointed with the Clash of the Titans remake. It was a dull, uninteresting slog of endlessly plodding action scenes and tons of unmemorable CG effects being thrown at the viewer from every angle as a poor substitute for excitement. Thankfully, Wrath of the Titans manages to be a better movie than Clash in nearly every area. The story is basic but serviceable, with the father of the gods threatening to escape his prison and take out his vengeance on the earth. The gods themselves, weakened by lack of worship and divided by old conflicts, are powerless to face the danger. It falls to Perseus (Sam Worthington) and a small band or warriors to set things right. The major improvement Wrath makes is that the action scenes and set pieces are much more exciting this time around. Whether chimera attack or the shifting, crushing walls of a labyrinth and the dangerous beast inside, I was never bored by what was happening on the screen. At the very least, this is a watchable fantasy action flick, which puts it above the first film. Greek mythology is so rich and dense that so much more could be done with the gods, monster and locales that Wrath of the Titans mines for material. Even as flawed as Immortals was, it certainly wasn't generic, which even this improved sequel doesn't totally escape until near the end. Still, whether you enjoyed or loathe the Clash of the Titans reboot, this one is better.

- lewiskendell, Monday, October 1, 2012

2 stars

An obvious made-for-3D form of motion pictures. Wrath of the Titans focuses entirely on the envisioning effects and CGI-improvements. But the nearly chaotic plot and below par acting brings the film further down the trenches. 2/5

- fb1442511448, Monday, August 5, 2013

2 stars

The 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans was a movie I liked, mostly because it was a lot better than I figured. Now, as for its sequel, which is this movie. I wasn't overly excited to see it, mostly because I dunno, it just didn't seem like it was trying hard to be seen, and it came off as a big after thought. Well, I saw it anyway, and, despite the frosty reception it got, it's actually not terrible, and I did rather enjoy it, which says a lot since I wasn't really expecting anything. It isn't really that good of a movie, but it is watchable, despite being (for me) a step down from its predecessor. It's been 10 years since Perseus defeated the Kraken, but all is not well. Trying to live a quiet life as a fisherman, the widower Perseus has put his sword away and made the choice to instead focus on raising his son. Up in Olympus, trouble is brewing as well. Since people have lost their faith in the gods and stopped praying to them, they are losing their power. There's an internal struggle going on between the gods and the imprisoned Titans, but, with Zeus being weakened, it becomes easier for the Titan leader Kronos to rise up from imprisonment and begin his quest to take over for good. This inevitably leads Perseus to begrudgingly get back into quest mode as he has to travel to the underworld to rescue the captive Zeus, taken by the traitorous Hades and Aries. Perseus isn't alone though. He is joined by Agenor (the son of Poseidon), Andromeda, and the reclusive Hephaestus. Together they have to battle all kinds of neat creatures, including the Minotaur and some cyclopses, and see exotic places like the Labyrinth. There's all kinds of thrilling action and stuff going on, but oddly, this movie didn't really feel as epic as it probably should have. In fact, it's actually rather lackluster and underwhelming. Not sure why, but maybe it's the direction and writing, both of which are rather unremarkable, which is surprising given the set up and possibilities. The film's not really boring, but it's more forgettable than not, and it doesn't really go out of its way to make you care. And when it does, it falls flat. At least Worthington delivers more with the action than he does with his stiff acting. Ramirez is fine as Aries, and Fiennes and Neeson do elevate the filmsome, even if it's obvious their hearts aren't really in it. See it if you want, but it's not really anything special.

- cosmo313, Friday, November 2, 2012