Wrath of the Titans may boast a stellar cast including Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson, but it seems questionable writing and an over-emphasis on special effects have led to the fantasy-sequel being panned by critics ahead of release on Friday (March 30, 2012).

A sequel to the popular 2010 movie Clash of the Titans, the new movie is set a decade after Perseus's (Worthington) heroic defeat at the hands of his arch-enemy Kraken. He attempts to begin a quiet life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son Heluis, before being forced into battle once again. Critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times slammed the sequel, saying, "You get an idea of who the major players are, and then they spend a modest amount of time shouting laughable dialogue at one another while being all but forced off the screen by special effects". Helen O'Hara spoke of missed opportunities and again highlighted the over-the-top production, saying, "If even a tenth of the care and attention lavished on the production design and action sequences had been afforded the script, this could have been an adventure of legendary proportions". When quizzed on the special effects by the BBC's Talking Movies, Worthington ignored the suggestion that it was the only draw for cinemagoers, saying, ""I think that's gonna engage people and get people to pay their money to go and see it, when you see a big volcanic lava monster on special effects like you've never seen, but what keeps you enthralled and what keeps you focused has to be the dynamics of the family.any blockbuster works on that level".

Wrath of the Titans hits cinemas worldwide on Friday (March 30, 2012). Sam Worthington is now rumored to be starting work on James Cameron's forthcoming Avatar sequel, set to hit screens in 2016.