Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans

Wrath of the Titans PosterThe first order of business was Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to the 2010 mythological disappointment Clash of the Titans. Basically, Perseus is charged with rescuing his father, Zeus, from Hades and Ares. Hades is killing his brothers to channel their divine power into resurrecting the Titan Kronos. Perseus must travel to the Underworld, aided by Andromeda, Hephaestus and some extremely stupid Greek soldiers.

Running time: 99 minutes

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike

Inaccuracies vs. The Mythology

  • Tartarus is seemingly in the middle of the Underworld vs. “as far below the house of Hades as the earth is below the heavens”
  • The house of Hades is made of lava vs. a cold, desolate world surrounded by water (Styx and Oceanus)
  • Hades, Poseidon and Zeus are estranged brothers due to Zeus forcing Hades to rule the Underworld vs. Zeus freeing his brothers from Kronos and the brothers drawing lots to determine the realm they will rule
  • The gods were able to enter the Underworld vs. nothing still living shall enter the Underworld
  • Chimeras had dragon wings vs. lion with the head of a goat, with a tail (possibly ending with a snake head), and breathes fire
  • Andromeda was a warrior woman vs. rescued by Perseus, marries him and lives with him at Mycenae
  • Perseus was married to Io and had a son named Helius (what the serious fuck?) vs. Perseus marrying Andromeda and having 7 sons and 2 daughters together, while also founding and ruling Mycenae
  • Cyclopes were used as guards on Hephaestus’ private island vs. being craftsman and herdersThe Labyrinth
  • The origin of the Labyrinth being created by Hephaestus as a gate to the Underworld vs. the Labyrinth built by Daedalus as a prison for the Minotaur at Knossos
  • Hephaestus knows the route to the Underworld vs. Hermes being the only god, other than Hades and Persephone, who know the route as he is the one who channels the dead there
  • The Minotaur guarding the route to the Underworld vs. Cerberus guarding the gates of the Underworld
  • Using Aspis shields for phalanx formation vs. larger, longer shields appropriate for the period
  • The Spear of Trium (made of Zeus’s Lightning Bolt, Poseidon’s Trident and Hades’ weird Pitch Fork) being the only weapon that can kill Kronos vs. the gods cannot be killed; there is no such thing as “The Spear of Trium”; the word “Trium” would be Latin, not Greek; Zeus had a Thunderbolt, Poseidon had a Trident and Hades has a Helmet of Invisibility (all used to defeat the Titans)
  • Ares’ weapon of choice is a mace vs. a sword, a spear, a shield or even a flaming torch (pick one)
  • Four-armed Hekatonkheires vs. one hundred-armed and fifty-headed Hekatonkheires
  • Roman and Norse weapons, armour and formations vs. this should not have to be explained

ChimeraThoughts

Aside from this film being riddled with historical and mythological inaccuracies, it was also dull. At least they decided to move away from the monochromatic colour scheme of Clash but it was still just another action movie. The CGI already looks dated and the sound balancing made it almost impossible to hear some of the dialogue. Once again, this had close to nothing to do with the actual mythological Titans. Kronos was on screen for all of 15 minutes, maybe.

My rating: 2½/5

Buy or rent Wrath of the Titans on Amazon.

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Clash of the Titans

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