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‘Wrath of the Titans’ tops its predecessor

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POSTED: July 13, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Actor Sam Worthington clashed with the titans in 2010, and he’s back in the sequel, “Wrath of the Titans,” which is now on home video.

If you read my review of “Clash of the Titans,” you’ll remember that I was not a fan. I love the 1981 original version, and I just didn’t care for the update. Part of the problem was transforming classic hero Perseus (Worthington) into an anti-hero; it didn’t work for me. Also, the converted 3D was pretty terrible.

Still, I was willing to give the sequel a try.

In “Wrath,” Perseus’ wife Io, who was his guide in the first film, has died, leaving the fisherman to care for his son alone. Zeus (Liam Neeson) visits and says trouble is afoot in the heavens, the type of trouble to affect mortals and immortals alike. Despite a seemingly better relationship between the father and son, Perseus refuses to get involved — until trouble touches his own village.

Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez) have freed the terrible titan Kronos, and they enslave Zeus so Kronos can siphon his power. Only Perseus, aided by the beautiful warrior princess Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and another half-god called Agenor (Toby Kebbell), can free Zeus and kill Kronos.

If you are asking yourself if Andromeda looks different in this film, you’re right. The dark-haired actress Alexa Davalos, who portrayed her in the first film, couldn’t return, so blonde Pike took the role. Even though Perseus turned down marriage to Andromeda the first time around, there’s definite chemistry between them now. I guess she has matured a little.

Kebbell is a lot of fun as the irreverent thief Agenor. Bill Nighy pops in for a surprise visit as the helpful god Hephaestus.

I must say, the sequel is much better than the original. There’s a better plot and decent acting. Best of all, there’s plenty of action. I’m a fan!

McBrayer’s column appears weekly in the Courier. If you’re a fan of Showtime with Sasha, watch reviews at www.coastalcourier.com.

 

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