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I remember feeling a certain amount of wrath over the ham-handed 3-D effects in 2010’s Clash of the Titans, but the film itself wasn’t bad: uneven, to be sure, but strengthened by adhering to the story template of the 1981 movie of the same name, written by Beverley Cross. If I were 12 years old I would have loved it.

I tried to summon my inner 12-year-old for this sequel, but even kids might object to the subversion of Greek mythology presented here…starting with the premise that the Gods of Olympus are losing their powers. That’s why Zeus (played again by Liam Neeson) asks his half-human son Perseus (Sam Worthington) for his help to keep the dark forces from taking over. Those forces are represented by Hades (a returning Ralph Fiennes) and his nasty son Ares (Édgar Ramírez), not to mention Kronos, the father of Zeus and Hades.