Perseus is trying to live a quiet life as a fisherman and raise his son Helius in peace, but he eventually realizes that he has no choice in the matter. His allies include the warrior queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and what passes for a comic-relief character, Agenor (Toby Kebbell). But the script, by Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson (from a story they conceived with Greg Berlanti) draws these characters so superficially they don’t make any impression on us. Goodness knows, Wrath of the Titans could use some relief from its grim-faced gravitas now and then. After all, this is a movie about heroes battling monsters.

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The problem with a film that uses CGI as a substitute for good writing is that virtually every picture that comes along nowadays has impressive visual effects; this has leveled the playing field, to say the least. (The same is true for this movie’s unremarkable use of 3-D.) Director Jonathan Liebesman can only do so much with the script he was given, and the same is true of the talented actors. Without full-blooded characters to drive the story, Wrath of the Titans is just a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.