Of course, as the film has promoted itself, its highlight is the use of stunning visual effects. We were supposed to see this magic at its highest level through the four titans that the film has largely been promoting over the past couple of months, but we don’t get to see much of these monsters at all. The main creature, Kronos, the father of Zeus and Hades, is described in Greek legend as the castrator of his father, devourer of his offspring and the incestuous impregnator of his sister; we are presented with something very different. That’ll be due to the film’s 12A rating I’m guessing, which is a shame. Not quite a wrath of titans, more like a few slaps across the face whilst we are distracted by too many other, less relevant, storylines and characters.
Sam Worthington is great in the film’s lead role. Strong and powerful, his performance as a demigod has been pretty solid throughout the franchise. He is then followed by an even stronger cast that includes the like of Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson and Danny Houston, all powerful actors who - on paper - are well suited for their characters. Unfortunately none of them give anything spectacular either, nothing in the way of what we have seen from them in the Harry Potter and Dark Knight franchises, at least. For me, it was Bill Nighy and Toby Kebbell who stood out, livening up the supposedly depressing nature of the universe ending by adding in a bit of humour where it was needed. These two were good because they didn’t take themselves seriously, and that stood out a mile in comparison to everyone else.
And then, how can we forget, the romantic ending. This could have worked really well between the characters of the stunning Rosamund Pike and the sometimes handsome Worthington, but, regretfully there is a complete lack of chemistry between them. Even at the point of them kissing, the romantic connection feels forced rather than worked on, which is another great failure on the director’s behalf.
I had hoped I could have recommended this just for the CGI, but I actually enjoyed the first film more and that says enough itself.