FROM ONE SON TO ANOTHER

WRATH OF THE TITANS (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars

In this sequel to the 2010 film, the gods are losing their powers as the people are less devoted to their faith. As a result, the walls of Tartarus (the Underwrold) are breaking and monsters are creating havoc in the mortal world. Perseus is called upon to save his father, Zeus, when he is captured and drained of his powers to release Kronos.

Well, Sam Worthington’s hair really could use a trim. And Rosamund Pike can do exclaim in a manly fashion. There were plenty of  action scenes and they were quite packed since it’s only 99 minutes long. I fancied those scenes of Perseus with Pegasus – oh, the bond between them is adorable, especially when Perseus commented that Pegasus used to fly better.

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WILL HE JUMP?

MAN ON A LEDGE (2012)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Surprisingly, I really liked this so much so I was smiling when I came out of the cinema. I guess I just like it when the trailers doesn’t reveal too much about the movie – in a good way.

It’s all about Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington), who climbs onto the ledge of the top floor of the Roosevelt Hotel and literally stops traffic and gathers an audience in midtown Manhattan. He demands Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) as his negotiator to claim his innocence as his criminal past catches up.

Wow. I felt the movie was well-paced and there were enough OMG moments to make your heart skip a beat. That stupid helicopter!!! Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez are probably the hottest heist couple ever. Those passers-by were entertaining too – egging Cassidy to jump, jeering when he almost fell off the ledge and this homeless-looking guy who shares the sentiment that it is always the average guy who gets implicated, while the rich guys get away with everything. Go homeless-looking man!

The climax at the rooftop scene could probably tell you how it ends and you’d be forced to agree with the homeless-looking man. Unless you watch the movie, you would never know.

MAKE A STAND

CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

So, I caught Clash Of The Titans on its opening day – April 1, 2010 – and I thought its trailers were much better.

This is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name and follows the adventures of Perseus, a demigod raised as a fisherman. The people of Argos have stopped praying to the Gods and are relying on their King instead, who have declared war against the Gods when they destroyed the statue of Zeus. Hades (God of the Underworld) arrives and kills the soldiers involved and demand that they sacrifice their daughter, Andromeda, or the Kraken will be released in 10 days.

Perseus, whose family was killed by Hades, leads a group of soldiers from Argo, to try to defeat the Kraken. Guided by Io, his spiritual guide, they set off to seek the Stygian Witches who will tell them how to defeat the Kraken – a supposedly impossible task of getting the head of Medusa. Along the way, they meet with obstacles like Calibos, giant scorpions (a truly heart-in-mouth moment) while coming across Pegasus, the Djinn and of course, Medusa.

It’s very action-packed and you can feel the adrenaline each time the soldiers and Perseus are being attacked. Especially the scorpions! They are HUGE. But at 106 minutes, it doesn’t feel long enough to be an epic and it felt sort of rushed at the ending. Sam Worthington is quite hot and I think some of us will be quite tempted to catch him in an upskirt moment because there are just (almost) so many of them. Gemma Arterton (Io) and Alexa Davalos (Andromeda) are very pretty! Anyway, I caught it in 2D (instead of 3D) because I’ve heard the 3D was only so-so because the movie was filmed in 2D and the conversion (to 3D) was done later.

ONE LIFE ENDS, ANOTHER BEGINS

AVATAR (2009)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars 

Set in the future, the humans are interested in mining Unobtainium, a precious mineral that is found on Pandora. Pandora is inhabited by the Na’vi, who are blue-skinned and live in harmony with Mother Nature. In order to obtain the valueable mineral, the humans have created avatars that are created from human and Na’vi DNA. Enter paraplegic Marine, Jake Sully, who has replaced his dead twin to be an avatar driver. Left to fend for himself in Pandora at night, he meets Neytiri, who rescues him from Pandora’s beasts. The Na’vi decides to let Jake learn their ways. As Jake grows closer to Neytiri and bonds with the Na’vi, his loyalty becomes divided between the latter and the humans. When the humans decide to forcefully exterminate the Na’vi and attacks them, it is up to Jake to fight for the fate of Pandora.

OMG I saw this in 3D and it was amazing! Pandora is such a beautiful place – especially at night! No wonder Neytiri extinguished that eyesore of a flame Jake lit. Everything glows in the dark beautifully! The scene where Jake first appears butt-naked in his Avatar form is almost priceless! Though the story was quite predictable towards the end, the effects are real good and I kept hoping the beasts wouldn’t stop attacking those darn heartless soldiers. It has a happy ending so I like it!

Well, it’s actually past midnight already, so HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!