Wrath of the Titans

  • Review Date: March 30, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2012

Common Sense Media says

Bland fantasy sequel has some scary monsters.
  • Review Date: March 30, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2012

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most of the Greek mythology and conflicts between gods and men from the previous movie have been abandoned in this sequel. Now the main theme is fairly thin: Perseus learns that he gains strength to fight from his son. (In other words, he'd rather protect his son than not.)

Positive role models

Perseus remains brave and good and devoted to his loved ones. He still takes on impossible challenges, but his character doesn't really grow/change, and he doesn't learn much.

Violence

The violence is less intense than in the previous movie and mostly bloodless, though there are some fights, with characters stabbed, bashed in the head, and thrown up against tree trunks. Perseus also battles many computer-generated creatures with swords and other makeshift weapons. Several gods die onscreen, turning gray and crumpling into ashes. Fiery monsters roast innocent victims.

Sex

There's some very minor innuendo and a kiss for the hero at the end.

Language

Very infrequent language includes "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After the events of Clash of the Titans, demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington) once again tries to live the life of a simple fisherman with his son, Helius (John Bell). Unfortunately, Zeus (Liam Neeson) arrives to warn Perseus that trouble is coming. Not long after, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), with help from Ares (Edgar Ramirez), cooks up a sinister plan to capture Zeus, drain his power, and resurrect their father, Kronos, who turns out to be a giant, fiery creature. It's up to Perseus, aided by a queen (Rosamund Pike) and a demigod cousin (Toby Kebbell), to find three pieces of a magical weapon, rescue Zeus, and defeat the creature before it's too late.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Unlike the bombastic previous movie, WRATH OF THE TITANS is rather bland, with much less at stake and fewer conflicts between gods and men. The movie is filled with one digital creature after another -- the action and 3-D effects are fairly lazy -- and by the time we get to the big climax, the thrill is gone.

 
Subsequently, the human characters have perhaps even less personality than the monsters. Their interactions seem to consist mostly of explaining the plot to one another, and there's very little character growth or depth; Perseus' big revelation is that he gains strength from his son (i.e., he would rather protect his son than let him get hurt), which isn't much of a stretch. A kiss at the end of the movie is almost totally gratuitous and feels misplaced. Even the most skilled actors in the cast mainly look like they're struggling to stay awake.

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 details

Theatrical release date:March 30, 2012
DVD release date:June 26, 2012
Cast:Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Sam Worthington
Director:Jonathan Liebesman
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of fantasy violence and action

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHugeReader123 March 30, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

AMAZING

This is a great movie. But I haven't watched it yet. :)

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn March 31, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Tastelessly dull and boring sequel to a very underrated film

Back in April 2010, when Clash of the Titans was released into theaters, I was apparently on the rather small demographic of the people who actually enjoyed it. Heck, I didn't just enjoyed it, I loved it. I found that it was a faithful adaption of a dated but also still fun 1981 classic film of the same name, but that the 2010 version of Clash of the titans brought in so much more imagination, fun and spectacle and that it all really took you away. So, it is with much sadness, that we enter Wrath of the Titans, the misled and ultimately very boring sequel to the first film. I kept on fighting all of the critics and pretty much just about every single other person who didn't like the first time, but this time, i am right along with all of the other haters. Wrath of the Titans is 14 minutes longer than Clash of the Titans 106 minute running time, with this film clocking in and very roughage 120 minutes. That's two hours of watching mountains explode, volcano's erupt, fireballs fly everywhere, watch Sam Worthington shout out bland dialog and fight more CGI creatures, but with the scale torqued up to a much bigger one and even a attempt at a epic feel to it all. Sure, it sounds good, but it is deadly dull. The imagination so rampant in the first film is nowhere to be seen. Also nowhere to be seen, is Sam Worthington's campy fun found in the first film, but replaced here with a derivative mindset of fighting every creature that the director throws at him. So, with all of that being said, this film,like the first one, also carries a PG-13 Rating: There is frequent intense fantasy violence action, with much destruction, battles and fights with large mythical type creatures, but with never any blood and often not very graphic. So, that rally is all there is to it, so you can sort of understand how underwhelming this movie really was, so if you have any respect for the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans, or even the 1981 version, than just skip this mess.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byLouie25 April 2, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

Wrath of the Titans!!

Wrath of the Titans improved just a little bit over the first movie.but what's better is they used even better 3D effects than the first movie.well,the violence level is just moderate for a PG-13 movie.for the sexual content,there are just some few innuendoes and just one kissing scene though it doesn't last long.anyway,Wrath of the Titans is just almost as good as the first movie.it is just a little bit better than the first,but it also has its flaws just like in the first movie.anyway,Wrath of the Titans is appropriate for kids aged 13 and up.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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