From Liam Neeson's authoritative voice to Ralph Fiennes villain, we glimpse what's in store for the 'Clash of the Titans' sequel.
By Kara Warner
Sam Worthington in "Wrath of the Titans" Photo: Warner Bros.
The last time we caught up with Perseus (Sam Worthington), Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Co. in 2010's "Clash of the Titans," the gods were playing around with human lives, the Kraken was released and destroyed, and Perseus was asked to join the ranks on Mount Olympus. And although we've long known about the film's sequel "Wrath of the Titans," we haven't had a clear look at what we'll be getting into when it opens next March, until now.
The "Wrath of the Titans" trailer is here and it is an action-packed extravaganza of sword slinging, monster-fighting excellence. Here are the five key elements we took away from the two-minute clip:
When Liam Neeson Speaks, People Listen
Oscar winner Liam Neeson is a perfect leader of things in film. He just has a natural gravitas and stature to make it work every time. Neeson as Zeus is a perfect example, and in the "Wrath" trailer, he uses that captivating narrator voice of his to tell the audience everything we need to know about the plot: "We Gods are losing our power. We believed the Titans to be imprisoned forever, now they're breaking free." His voice carries over shots of various Titans landing in various places and starting to wreak havoc. "It would mean chaos," he says with feeling. "The end of the world."
Perseus vs. Everyone
So how do we prevent the end of this world? With Perseus, of course, the demi-god descendent of Zeus himself, who saved the day in the first movie and will likely be doing the same in the second. Perseus is basically fighting various elements, monsters, gods and humans throughout the trailer, so when Zeus tells his son, "You will learn someday that being half human makes you stronger than a god," we have to believe him because how else could he survive such beatings?
Awesome CG Everything
While fans of the 1981 original "Clash of the Titans" may remember the film most fondly for its camp factor and Claymation effects, there is no room for those in the reboots. Judging by the sleek and sophisticated design we see here in the trailer, i.e., the sonic boom blast following a god's descent to earth, Hades in the Underworld, Cyclops, scary winged beasts, etc., "Wrath of the Titans" will be a feast for the eyes and fans of highly stylized CG.
Andromeda Gets In On the Action?
Everyone loves a beautiful femme fatale, one of Greek mythology's favorite through lines, but we can all agree that it's more fun when a female lead gets in on the action. Rosamund Pike has taken over the role of Andromeda in "Wrath," and from the looks of things, wielding a sword, for instance, she might have more to do in this one than getting helplessly tied to a rock.
Ralph Fiennes Should Only Play Villains
How much do we love Ralph Fiennes as a villain? See his Oscar-nominated performance in "Schindler's List" and his brilliance as He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named in the "Harry Potter" franchise. Fiennes makes his villains look as terrible as they are fun to play. His one line in this trailer is delivered with the perfect combination of calm, confidence and cool we've come to know and love: "You're sweating like a human. Next, it will be tears."