This week was unusual because normally I would watch several films in one day but this Friday only one took my fancy.
What was it and what was it like? Come closer and I'll tell you....
You’ve obviously seen the first part of the trilogy which was “Clash of The Titans”. The critics hated it and if you look at all the reviews for this one, they hate this one even more.
Before reading the plot, do be aware that the Greeks gave us a few things that have stood the test of time such as;
The American Senate (which adopted it from the Romans but the Romans got it from the Greeks).
Philosophy (Aristotle, Socrates and Plato).
Democracy which has been adopted byUSAand their judicial system.
Architecture (look at the columns on aUSAcourt building as shown at the start of Judge Judy). Feta Cheese and Yoghurt.
So what about the current movie? Read below for a condensed version of the plot but do be aware that there are “spoilers” included so if you don't want your viewing pleasure compromised then do not read the final paragraph.
After the defeat of the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington), the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), now lives as a fisherman with his 10-year-old son, Helius (John Bell), from his recently deceased wife Io. One night, Perseus is visited by Zeus, who tells him that the powers of the gods are fading and the walls of the underworld prison of Tartarus are breaking due to the lack of devotion from humans and states they will need the world's armies to combat the potential threat, but Perseus declines to get involved. Zeus then descends to Tartarus to meet with his brothers Hades (Ralph Fiennes), Poseidon (Danny Huston), and his son Ares (Edgar Ramirez).
Zeus tells Hades they must forget the past and unite to rebuild Tartarus, but Hades orders his demons to attack him and Poseidon. Poseidon is wounded, and Ares betrays Zeus over showing Perseus more affection, taking him prisoner and stealing his thunderbolt. Hades and Ares plan to drain Zeus's power to revive their father Kronos in exchange for them both to remain immortal.
Now I have to say this is a very entertaining film and the action scenes will give any super-hero character or film a run for their money.
I was a little bit confused because Zeus is supposed to be the king of the (petulant) gods who just behave like kindergarten kids taking lightening bolt, trident and pitch-fork to a child’s birthday party!
Zeus is also an Immortal and the king to boot, which to me means that he lives “forever” in their home called “MountOlympus” but clearly “Kronus” is more powerful. This denotes that there is another level above a god and if Kronus can be defeated then there must be a greater level above him too!
I thought it was strange that such a sophisticated people and society would put their trust in such limited gods, unlike the Jews and Muslims whose belief system aren't polytheistic (many gods) but rather as the slogan for Highlander states, “There can only be ONE (Monotheistic).
If you like your films/stories lacking in complication then this is for you but if you like to ask questions such as; “why did the Greek power, a civilisation disappear without trace bar a few ruins”? Then this film won’t answer such questions, but if you want something that is entertaining without being taxing. Watch this.
Article by @gmanzen / 2nd April 2012