WORDS BY ANTON D. UMALI
Warner Bros. Pictures' new 3D epic adventure Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to the global box office hit Clash of the Titans, the story of Perseus–demigod of Zeus–and his exploits.It is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, with Ralph Fiennes as Hades and Liam Neeson as Zeus.
A decade after his heroic defeat over the monstrous Kraken, Perseus—son of Zeus—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman while taking care of his 10-year old son, Helius. As a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans, a lack of human devotion threatens the gods’ control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon (Danny Huston).
The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon deep within the cavernous Underworld. Perseus is unable to ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth.
Tackling a project of such a grand scale, with an acclaimed ensemble cast—in immersive 3D no less—was an opportunity South African filmmaker Liebesman could not turn down. “It was a chance to do an old school Hollywood movie where you have amazing actors, big stars, and a big canvas. It’s a huge opportunity for any director.”
The latest film presents a story of human struggle against the immense backdrop of a mythological war. The director says that they focused on drama, working hard to make an entertaining and thrilling script. With the caliber of talent present, he wanted to make sure that audiences could relate to these seemingly unreachable characters.
Given the mythology already invested in the films, the director is understandably keen on stamping his own mark on Wrath of the Titans, approaching the film with a clear, strong vision. He wanted to be original without having to mangle with the continuity of the franchise. He says he likes to crate films that he himself would go see on a Friday night, the kind that entertains and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The director hopes to ground the action in real dirt and sand, juxtaposing grit with the sincerity of tales as old as this myth.
Opening across the Philippines in March, Wrath of the Titans is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.