Friday Flicks: Taking on Titans, Bullies and Evil Queens

Grab some popcorn! Check out the movies you should see (or avoid) this weekend.

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Wrath of the Titans

Tagline: Feel The Wrath

The synopsis for Wrath of the Titans – a sequel to a remake, lest we forget – is enough to make your head spin. And that’s an understatement. Ready?

“A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) – the demigod son of Zeus – is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned.”

On the wordy basis of that alone, Friday Flicks feels like wishing you luck ahead of this week’s new releases and going for a long lie-down. But there was high demand for this movie for a reason —Clash of the Titans did pretty decent box office.

What do those critical titans make of it? Will the movie get their wrath or respect? “If even a tenth of the care and attention lavished on the production design and action sequences had been afforded the script, this could have been an adventure of legendary proportions,” concludes Empire. “Wrath Of The Titans is at its most entertaining when the characters give up on the dull dialogue and simply let the action do the talking,” reckons ABC Radio. “A relentlessly mechanical piece of work that will not or cannot take the imaginative leaps to yield even fleeting moments of awe, wonder or charm,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. The omens don’t look good but that’s unlikely to dissuade people from going.

TIME REVIEW: Clash of the Titans: A Hit from a Myth

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