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Reason Writers at the Movies: Peter Suderman Reviews Wrath of the Titans

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Reason Senior Editor Peter Suderman reviews Wrath of the Titans in today's Washington Times:

In "Wrath of the Titans," a sequel to the 2010 remake "Clash of the Titans," Ralph Fiennes reprises his role as Hades, mythological ruler of the underworld. Ostensibly an ancient god, he's on a quest to save his own life from extinction at the hands of unbelieving mortals who have stopped praying to him — and in so doing, robbed him of his power as a deity.

"When a god dies," Hades laments, "it isn't death. It's nothing. It's oblivion."

Which happens to describe, almost exactly, the way I felt for the 99 minutes I spent watching the movie.

That same feeling — a mixture of numbness, disinterest and exhaustion — permeates the movie and its characters. Early on, Hades ties his brother Zeus between two rock pillars in order to drain the remaining god-power out of him. It seems to work all too well. As played by Liam Neeson, who is normally majestic in such roles, Zeus doesn't look drained of power so much as tired of being in the movie. About halfway through, he sighs mightily, "Is there no end to this?" As he cried out in pain, all I could think was: I know how he feels.

Mr. Neeson and Mr. Fiennes are both superb actors. Why in heaven are they appearing in dull dreck like this? The gods truly must be crazy.

Whole thing here.

Read Suderman's Reason.com review of Clash of the Titans here

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  1. Why in heaven are they appearing in dull dreck like this?

    The characters were originally slated to be all CGI, but the models deleted themselves before rendering began. So, they had to fallback to live actors.

    1. Also, obviously this ain’t heaven.

  2. “Why in heaven are they appearing in dull dreck like this? “

    Why in heaven do we pretend that actors have to be “artists”? They’re no different from the rest of us: doing shit we hate for a paycheck.

    1. For the paychecks they get, I could pretend to be happy with my job.

    2. Sure. But one woudl think that talented and established actors would be able to be a bit more selective.

    3. Correct, and they don’t even have to hate it. The first movie made a shit-ton of money. They’re undoubtedly being paid a ton to be in the sequel. Why wouldn’t you take the easy money?

      1. Why wouldn’t you take the easy money?

        To protect the value of my image, for a bigger payoff later. Duh.

        1. I doubt at the stage of their careers that they are at that either Neeson or Fiennes has to worry about image problems.

          1. I was speaking hypothetically, but, Fair Enough.

        2. Ever since his wife died, Neeson seems willing to take any silly action role for a good check. I can’t remember the last decent movie Fiennes was in.

          1. Strange Days

    4. There’s no way they hate it. Dude, dressing up as Zeus and Hades and saying cheesy bullshit fucking lines would be a total blast. These dudes are laughing it up all the way to the bank.

      1. I guess it depends on how much the director would let me drink on set.

        1. Wha you lookin at. *hiccup*

      2. Some actors are have been known to intentionally ham up certain scenes, either for their own amusement or in competition with other actors. The most recent case of an onset ham-off that two actors admitted to was between Alan Rickman and Jason Isaacs in one of the Harry Potter films.

  3. Is there a part where Hades breaks the fourth wall and asks the audience to clap to demonstrate their belief in fairies?

  4. Why in heaven are they appearing in dull dreck like this?

    I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.

    1. ^^^ Bingo!

  5. I have to admit, the lava-titan looks pretty cool.

    But I’m saving my Fed-approved money for Prometheus

    1. But I’m saving my Fed-approved money for Prometheus

      If it sucks, I’m hunting down Scott myself. I’m WAY too stoked for this flick.

  6. Did this even need to be reviewed? It was pretty obvious that this was a cash-in sequel to a cash-in movie with no discernible plot.

    It’s like reviewing fucking Cop Dog, or the next Air Buddies movie (they went to space? WTF).

  7. Early on, Hades ties his brother Zeus between two rock pillars in order to drain the remaining god-power out of him.

    Didn’t this happen in Austin Powers when Dr. Evil stole Austin’s mojo?

  8. You know what really sucks? Movie snobs.

    You poor killjoys just can’t go see a movie full of flashy graphics and brilliant colors without getting all bent out of shape about missing things like plot and narrative. Then Epi comes along with his rant about Michael Bay’s latest hit Explosion: The Movie and we never hear the end of it. Why do you hate fun movies?

    1. Being a snob is more fun that a fun movie, I guess.

      1. doesn’t say much for the “fun movie”, does it.

        fun story bro: someone lent me the VHS of Fargo as a teen. I caught myself reading a book about 1/2way into it.

    2. I actually had a good time watching Clash of the Titans. My friend and I made a spur-of-the-moment, nothing-to-do decision and I went in expecting good graphics and nice battles. It delivered.

      Never compare that to Michael Bay. He’s going to make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actually just be aliens, and not even rename it to TNA.

    3. I love fun movies, these generally aren’t. Crank and Crank 2? Really fun movies. Something like this? Not so much.

    4. Then Epi comes along with his rant about Michael Bay’s latest hit Explosion: The Movie and we never hear the end of it.

      I LOL’d at this.

      I can’t wait for Epi’s review of Asplosion: The Sequel

  9. A sequel to a remake. And who says Hollywood is out of ideas?

  10. Better dead than Red

  11. Thats jsut downright silly dude.

    http://www.Anon-Nets.tk

  12. “Clash of the Titans”, wasn’t something special, highly doubtable that this will be. Still, a sneak peak won’t hurt me…I hope.

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