Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, is the latest to use this ploy. In the trailer, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) appears to insult Perseus' (Sam Worthington) godhood. In the film? Not so much.
In the film, humans are losing faith in the gods, resulting in their declining powers. Demigod Perseus the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), lives a simple life as a fisherman with his son. Yet Zeus' other son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), conspires with Hades, the brother of Zeus, to help Hades' father, Kronos (CG generated) escape from the underworld. (What a dysfunctional, conniving family!)
That's when Perseus kicks into hero mode with Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and princess Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) to save Zeus and rid the world of Kronos, or, as I like to call him, Volcano Man. Perseus and Ares' showdown leaves much to be desired; gods aren't meant to be this stupid.
If you want fierce battles between gods, demigods and titans, you'll be disappointed; indeed, despite the title, the titans show up only near the end. The two-headed beasts that slash away with 360-degree twirls are cool. But it's too little too late.
You welcome the inevitable father-son moment at the end; it means the film is over.
Contains scenes of violence