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Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Thunder Road Pictures present a 3D, PG-13, 99 minute, action, adventure, fantasy, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, written by Dan Mazeau and David Johnson with a theatrical release date of March 30, 2012.

A decade after Perseus (Sam Worthington) defeated the Kraken he has lost his wife, vowed to live life as a human, even though he is half God, lives in a small fishing village and raises his only son Helius (John Bell). Worthington looks the part with the longer hair and rugged looks but his son, actor Bell would not have been my first choice to play the off spring of Perseus son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), a man that can do no wrong in any role he plays. One night Zeus comes to visit his son Perseus and of course take a look at his grandson Helius but mainly comes to inform his son he needs his help since his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes), ruler of the gloomy underworld known as Tartarus is gaining strength. The Titans grow stronger under the rule of Hades so does Kronos, father of Zeus, Poseidon (Danny Huston) and Hades who also has been imprisoned in Tartarus.

Soon Zeus, Poseidon and Ares (Edgar Ramirez), son of Zeus descend into the underworld to try and reason with Hades but when Ares turns on his father, Poseidon is defeated and Zeus captured for his powers, a source of renewed life for their father Kronos. I never would have thought Ares was the son of Zeus since they look nothing alike, not even similar in features. I must say though that Ramirez portrayed his ruthless evil self well on the big screen looking more like the son of Hades than Zeus. He soon becomes the evil partner to Hades in a war against Zeus and the mortal people lead by their Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike). In a village of dirty, half naked and not so pretty men one woman stands out, Pike, blonde and beautiful. Even though she looks more like a model than a warrior she really has a way about her that makes her character pop on screen making her not only look the part but behave as so too.

Soon Perseus is thrown into the plot of defeating Hades when a ball of fire hits his village releasing some type of fire breathing two headed beast known as Chimera that kills many villagers and almost his son Helius. When Perseus is visited by Poseidon he learns that Zeus has been captured and Kronos is out to strip him of his divine powers so he can free himself from Tartarus. In turn for his sons power he offers them mortality. Not quite and even trade! Perseus sets off in flight riding atop Pegasus the ever so beautiful and breath-taking equine. Truly some magnificent photography takes place on the big screen involving man and his horse as they fly over the countryside in search of the Queen. Not long after their initial hello, Perseus, Andromeda, Korrina (Lily James) and others set sail along with Agenor (Toby Kebbell) son of Poseidon and prisoner pardoned by the Queen for information on the whereabouts of Hephaestus (Bill Kighy) a man who holds the key to the entrance of the underworld and the weapons of the Gods. Kebbell himself did not quite look the part for me with his gleaming white teeth and all but he definitely played it well.

Little do they know though that once they enter the island of Kale that soon they would be battling the Cyclops that live and protect the land. Korrina scared for her life prays to Ares which in turn summons the God and in this case not quite the best solution to her problems since Ares is the traitor in which they seek to release Zeus. Some make it to the door, the entrance to the underworld, caverns of dark walls that slide in all directions like pieces of a puzzle looking for their outcome. The question although is if Perseus is too late to rescue his father? Zeus is now mostly stripped of his powers by his father Kronos, who has gained his powers unleashing his volcanic activity on anyone that gets in his way. So the wars have begun between two sets of brothers with one goal in mind to destroy Kronos. Can forgiveness help or is it too late? In the end many die and many live but it is the passing of the sword from a father to a son which makes all the difference along with a message to make sure to use his powers wisely.

I was surprised to hear the movie company was even making another Titans film since “Clash of the Titans” was not quite received too well. But I must say that this story is much stronger than the other since it centers on the relationships of a father, son and grandson living amongst the Greek mythology of Gods and humans. Liebesman does a nice job of direction making the story come alive while keeping it grounded about a family of men and the worlds in which they live. One would think that blood is thicker than water but as we see in our own families that is often not the truth. The writers did do a nice job of developing the characters and keeping the story not so confusing and the special effects and the actors seem to work well while maintaining the visual beauty and plot of the story. They don’t quite throw the premise of the story down your throat as it was somewhat done in “Clash of the Titans”. Still not quite a money maker as say “The Hunger Games” but “Wrath of the Titans” should see a decent profit more so than the first installment a couple years ago. Written and enjoyed with two and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.

 

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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