Story

This movie is a sequel to Clash of the Titans and is set 10 years after the events in that movie. Perseus (Sam Worthington), demigod and son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), is now living the quiet life of a fisherman with his 10-year-old son, Helius (John Bell). But Perseus’s quiet life is upset when Zeus arrives to say he needs Perseus’s help. Because mortals don’t care much about the gods anymore, the gods’ magical powers are weakening, as are the forces that hold the Titans and their leader Kronos (a giant fire creature) in the underworld prison of Tartarus.

After being betrayed by his son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and the god Hades (Ralph Fiennes), Zeus is imprisoned in Tartarus. Kronos is slowly draining Zeus’s power and will soon be powerful enough to destroy the world. After learning what has happened to his father, Perseus sets off to rescue Zeus, along with Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and the demigods Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and Hephaestus (Bill Nighy). They must also find three magical weapons that Perseus needs to kill Kronos and save the world.

Themes

Greek mythology; betrayal; immortality and mortality

Violence

Wrath of the Titans contains intense sequences of fantasy violence, including sword and knife fights, fist fights, eruptions and explosions, and rampaging fire-breathing monsters. But there’s not a lot of blood and gore, and deaths mostly happen off screen. For example:

  • A giant fire-breathing, two-headed creature comes out of the ground, spewing out giant fire rocks that explode as they hit village houses. This causes chaos and destruction, and villagers are thrown in all directions. The creature spews out liquid fire that kills a man kneeling on the ground. Perseus attacks the creature by jumping onto its back and stabbing it in the neck with a sword. Perseus holds a chain wrapped around the creature’s neck. The creature drags him along and slams him into walls and houses. The creature is killed in its own flames.
  • Perseus has some small bloodied cuts to his face and wounds on his shoulder and back (the scene doesn’t show much blood). A woman using thick yarn and a large needle stitches the wounds together.
  • Perseus and a small group are attacked by two one-eyed giants who have large daggers and tree stumps. One giant uses his tree stump to batter a man and send him flying through the air and against a tree. One giant tries to squash Perseus with the palm of his hand, but Perseus uses his sword to stab the giant’s hand. A large tree then falls on the giant’s head and knocks him unconscious.
  • Zeus is chained between two pillars with his arms outstretched. His son Ares brutally punches his father in the face and stomach.
  • Ares spears a man on his sword, lifts him off the ground and throws him through the air. He stabs a second man and bashes a third man with a club. Ares punches one woman and then stabs a second woman in the stomach with his sword.
  • Perseus fights a bull-headed monster. The monster charges Perseus and knocks him to the ground. Perseus stabs the monster with a wooden stake (some blood is shown).
  • Ares throws a trident at Zeus, spearing him in the back.
  • There is a huge battle between a Greek army, a titan and many two-headed demons. Mushroom cloud explosions and exploding fire balls set fire to soldiers, throwing them through the air. Fighters slash each other with swords and spear a demon on a wooden stake. Zeus and Hades throw bolts of lightning, and Perseus rides a winged horse into a monster’s mouth and down its throat.
  • In a brutal fight between Ares and Perseus, the two men punch each other in the head, knee each other in the chest, twist each other’s arms and throw each other through the air. Ares drags Perseus through stone pillars, smashes his head into a stone and kicks him in the chest. Perseus stabs Ares with a wooden stake and then with a metal spear. Ares turns to stone and then dust.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under eight years. For example:

  • There are many scary creatures including a giant two-headed creature with one head that spews fiery liquid while the second head ignites the liquid. The creature has horned heads and mouths full of large sharp fangs, and the tip of its tail looks likes the head of a hissing cobra. This cobra head lashes out in a menacing and scary way. A gigantic Titan has huge, flaming, lava-dripping arms and hands that lash out and cause massive explosions and fiery destruction. Three frightening and threatening one-eyed giants roar and use stumps as clubs and large daggers.
  • In one scary scene, Perseus and a small group travel through a three-dimensional maze. The maze has moving walls and floors than nearly crush the group to death.
  • Several scenes show the underworld with pits of fire and scary-looking, fire-breathing demons. The 3D effects of the movie sometimes make the creatures seem to jump out of the screen.
  • Three separate scenes show the death of gods. Their skin goes grey, and they turn to stone and crumble away to dust. 

From 8-13

Children in this age group are also likely to be scared by some of the scenes and images mentioned above. 

Over 13

Younger children in this age group might also be scared by some of the scenes and images mentioned above. 

Sexual references

This movie has one low-level sexual reference. An older man (Hephaestus) tells a younger man (Agenor) that Poseidon taught him how to seduce mermaids. 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern 

Nudity and sexual activity

This movie has some nudity and sexual activity. For example:

  • In one scene, Agenor signals to Perseus to make a romantic move on Andromeda. Perseus passionately kisses Andromeda on the lips.
  • Women wear brief clothing in some scenes.

Product placement

None of concern 

Coarse language

This movie contains occasional mild obscenities and some mild put-downs. 

Ideas to discuss with your children

Wrath of the Titans is an action fantasy movie that is likely to attract adolescent boys while being scary for younger teenagers and children. The movie contains frequent violent action, violence and computer-generated creatures and monsters that might disturb children. It doesn’t show a lot of blood and gore.

The main messages from this movie are that parents gain strength from their children, which helps them get over impossible obstacles. The movie also suggests that it’s important to ask for forgiveness from people you’ve hurt.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include the following:

  • Selflessness and perseverance: Perseus shows these qualities.
  • Forgiveness: Zeus thinks it’s really important to ask Hades to forgive him for past wrongs.

You could also talk about how resentment is a negative thing. Hades and Ares have both developed twisted and self-destructive personalities because they resent Zeus so much.