When they released the remake of Clash of the Titanss, I was really glad. I had seen the original movie in 1981, and even though in its own day, it was epic, I knew the remake would be far superior, just at the fact that Avatar’s Sam Worthington would be much better as Perseus than Harry Hamlin had been thirty years earlier. I was very happy with the outcome. Another thing that was lacking in the original was what brings us to Musings today, a sequel.
In this story, Perseus (Sam Worthington) has married not Princess Andromeda (Rosamunde Pike), but the demi-goddess, Io. Demi-divines are still mortal, and Io has passed on. Perseus is raising his son, Helius (John Bell) alone and irking out a living as a simple fisherman, wanting to leave the gods of Olympus behind him. Helius is his reason for just about everything now, since the boy is all he has, and he loves him dearly. In this time, since his defeat of the Kraken, people have become somewhat atheistic, and are no longer praying to the gods for pretty much of anything. The gods are aging, and losing the power, because it is worship that the fuel on which they use to survive.
Losing power to keep a reign in on evil is a risky thing, as already daemonic creatures are coming out of the Underworld and escaping from the prison, Tartarus. Zeus (Liam Neeson) visits with Perseus to persuade him to fight for the gods, but Perseus will have none of it. All he wants is a peaceful life to bring his son up in. After Zeus leaves, a chimera comes to his village, and attacks the innocents. He uses some clever and quick tactics to take the beast down, and realizes now that his son is in more danger if he does not join.
Meanwhile, in the Underworld, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez) have teamed up to capture Zeus to drain him of his power and transfer it to the titan, Cronus, the father of the Gods of Olympus. Poseidon (Danny Huston) had attempted to intervene, but was overpowered by War and the Afterlife, and barely managed to escape. Later, he used his last bit of strength to meet with Perseus and persuade him come to Tatarus to rescue Zeus, and stop Cronus from coming to the mortal realm. Poseidon turns to sand before Perseus’ eyes, and Perseus cannot help but not to get involved, if only to keep his child safe.
Later on, he puts together a team of heroes, some flawed and desperate, others quick and crafty, like Poseidon’s son, Agenor (Toby Kebbell) to go down in to the mind and body-crushing maze that is Tartarus. He gets guidance from the world’s greatest tinkerer, Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), only to lose the God of technology to another of Ares and Hades’ minions. From there, the challenges just get worse, but would you expect anything else from the best-known legends in Earth’s history?
If you love classical movies but want a splash of 21st century Hi-tech Hollywood magic holding it together, then the Titans series is perfect. This takes those old epics we remember seeing on Saturday afternoons or late Friday nights, and bringing them out with a bolder, and much less gentler style, but smoother, and taking it up a notch if you access the Blu-ray. There are many stories that can be taken from the classic tales of the Greek Isles, starting with the divine family tree. let’s hope director Jonathan Liebesman and writers, Dan Mazeau and David Johnson and their team, can pull it off. It would be great to see what they could come up with.
I give this film a Musing review of