Clash of the Titans was a huge disappointment - from the lack of a story, to bad 3D and not to mention the underuse of great actors. Even Sam Worthington, who plays Perseus, agrees and has heavily criticised the movie and his own performance. So it was with some trepidation I donned my 3D spectacles to check out the sequel, Wrath of the Titans.
Leaping forward 10 years from the original movie, demi-god Perseus must rescue his father Zeus (Liam Neeson), who has been kidnapped by his own underworld-living brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes).
Why, you ask? Well, a long time ago the brothers incarcerated their father Kronos in Tartarus – the great prison of the underworld – and he is now a giant CG-monster who goes by the name Kronos. Kronos has promised Hades immortality if he captures Zeus so that he can feed off his powers and escape his fiery jail. This allows plenty of much-needed screen time for Neeson and Fiennes.
Perseus seeks the help of Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) – the fearless and strikingly gorgeous warrior queen – on his rescue mission. Also along for the ride is Perseus’s cousin Agenor (Toby Kebbell), who injects some humour into the monster fighting and special effects-driven mission. Bill Nighy also pops up, albeit for a short amount of time, as the fallen god Hephaestus.
If, like so many, you were disappointed with the 3D in Clash of the Titans, then you are in for a treat this time 'round. The special effects have been ramped up and you’ll have many a head-bobbing moment to avoid flying rocks, embers and spiky monster tails. Breathtaking scenery and a rotating labyrinth make this a pretty spectacular movie to look at.
While it may not be ground-breaking, there is at least the presence of a story, involving the father-son relationships between the gods and demigods. Perseus himself is now a dad to one-year-old Helius, and he must decide if the life of a God is for his son.
All in all, and as sequels go, Wrath... is an exception to the rule: it is actually much better than the first movie and well worth a look if you are in the mood for an action-packed fantasy.
To mark the release of Wrath of the Titans in cinemas, RTÉ TEN has exclusive movie merchandise to give away.
We're giving you the chance to win a goodie bag containing the Clash of the Titans DVD, a t-shirt, cap and iPhone cover.
To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:
Who plays Perseus in Wrath of the Titans?
Send your answer, name, address and t-shirt size, marked Titans Comp, to: email@example.com. Closing date: Monday April 9. One entry per person.