The story of the first film, Clash of the Titans, ends with our demigod hero Perseus (Sam Worthington), deciding to live as a man on earth with his new love, Lo, after defeating the giant, powerful Kraken. Sun sets, the flying horse Pegasus flies, happily ever after.

With an ending like that, one would think the story was over. But alas, the Hollywood gods get a taste of some big dollar signs and a sequel is green lit. But where can the story go? Well, it’s Greek mythology and there are still have loads of characters we haven’t seen.

Its ten years later and Perseus is living a simple fisherman’s life with his son, Helius. His wife, Lo, has passed away and Perseus does whatever he can to make sure he and his son continue their simple, happy life. Sure, how long will that last when you’re the son of Zeus (Liam Neeson)? Zeus informs him that the gods are losing their powers since people are praying to them less. With the gods’ powers weakening, the imprisoned titans are becoming stronger and will soon unleash hell on earth. The titans are being led by father of the gods, Kronos, a giant, volcano-like fire monster, who is coming dangerously close to escaping.

Things become worse when ultra-villains, Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Ares (Edgar Ramirez), take Zeus captive in hopes for the end of earth and another shot at immortality. Perseus makes the decision to set out on another adventure. He plans to gather his group of comrades, rescue Zeus, and maybe fall in love on the way.

Wrath of the Titans is not a necessary sequel. It doesn’t really expand the story or tell us something we didn’t already know or care about. It’s a film without an ambitious story or an eventual endgame. Plain and simple, it’s a big popcorn movie that exists to showcase its over the top special effects and action scenes. It has a lousy, predictable script, but also has some dazzling sequences. Think ‘Michael Bay movie set in Greek mythology.’

This time around it’s Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: LA) in the director’s chair. Liebesman obviously has an eye for visual effects. Things are always blowing up, powers are shooting from all ends, and there is enough CG to make James Cameron jealous. Nice as the effects are, it doesn’t excuse a boring and clichéd story. It’s dull and it doesn’t showcase the talents of an obviously talented cast.

Like the last film (as critically bashed as it was) it’s always fun to see veteran actors like Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes do something a bit more fun and lighthearted. They’re like kids playing dress up, pretending to have super powers. This time around we also get Bill Nighy as ex-god Hephaestus. He is loopy and gets to join in on the big fun. But all playing aside, it’s impossible to wash the bad taste of a mediocre story out of one’s mouth.

Big action star, Sam Worthington is just as he was in the previous movie: the macho, charismatic, action star without a whole lot of depth. He is simply there to smile and kill monsters. Then there are two new characters: wise cracking son of Poseidon, Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and typical tough girl/love interest, Andromeda (Rosamund Pike). They’re all fine, if a bit wooden at times, mostly due to some cheesy dialogue. There is a not a real chemistry between the young actors; they don’t get enough time to play with each other’s points of views and personas. Again, that is mostly due to the writing.

There is a small nostalgic value to seeing some classic mythology characters on the big screen in all their visual glory. We’ve all read or at least heard of these characters from grade school. It’s a Cyclops! The Minotaur! But they all quickly come and go like it’s the next level to a video game.

The film is for an audience that simply wants to turn off their brains and see a visual feast. It’s all in good fun, but if this is the bar for quality action entertainment then it’s set very low. It’s slightly better than the first film, simply for the spectacle of the action scenes. It actually may be a bit too much at times. You may get lost in shuffle of magical powers and the dizzying tornadoes of action. After the first film was bashed for a having a quick 3D conversion, the sequel is a little more careful with the effect. The film makes sure it looks 3D and throws as many things at you as possible. It’s nothing breakthrough, but the effect is done with 3D in mind.

The movie plays like a Saturday morning cartoon, where things seem really stupid but you don’t care because it’s so full of energy. Kids would get a kick out of it, especially young boys. But if you’re hoping for maybe the smallest pinch of smarts in your movie, this is not for you.