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FILM FANS: 'Wrath of the Titans' not worth the money

EDITOR'S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the movie of the week: "Wrath of the Titans." Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

1 out of 4 stars

While the subject chronicles the mystic Greek gods, the entertainment value is very weak.

It seems chaos is the byword as the gods are anxious about losing control. However, the storyline is extremely confusing and the false gods are no more believable than in the Roman days, so the movie is a sophisticated computer battle gone awry as Liam Neeson sells out totally to play the pivotal part of Zeus.

Of course, this party of misfits has a black flying horse, Perseus, a giant one-eyed Cyclops, and Hades, who looks and acts like a delinquent nerd.

Nevertheless, the story crawls on as the cinematography literally goes wild as the fight scenes evolve -- therein may be the movie's only real asset as the images in certain segments are effective. But as it was 2000 years ago, the pursuit of false gods is just as boring and such a ridiculous waste of time as it is today. Two thumbs down for sure.

-- Rick Wright, Auburn

3 out of 4 stars

Being a fan of this genre, I probably liked "Wrath of the Titans" more than most. I found it to be a better movie than "Clash of the Titans."

A case could be made is that the dialogue was not up to the standards of the actors, but I felt the action more than made up for any lapses. Also, Perseus, being half-god, was at times more fearless had more moral courage than the gods themselves.

In this sequel, (I am sure there will be another), Perseus must again battle gods, titans and other assorted monsters in order to save the gods -- and pretty much the world. He again gets help, although this time it is a few less people (another half-god and a queen). The story is easy to follow and is there to get the actors to the next action scene.

For fans of the original, you get a quick glimpse of Bubo, the mechanical owl in Hephaestus' workshop. All-in-all, I found this movie to be an enjoyable two hours of action and well worth the money.

-- Mark Weinstein, Lawrenceville

2 out of 4 stars

Can't a demigod just live in peace? Apparently not if you're the favored son of almighty Zeus because once again Perseus is called upon to face mortal peril when the gods are all but destroyed and the Titans are set lose on human kind.

The problem with "Wrath of the Titans" is that the film uses CGI as a substitute for good writing. The characters are flat and so is the storyline.

If you saw the 2010 remake of "Clash of the Titans," then there is no need to pay money to see its predecessor. It's just more of the same without nearly as much spirit and better fight scenes.

-- Lindsey Hodges, Snellville