Director Thor Freudenthal takes us on a quest that seems more of a letdown than a setting worthy of the Greek gods after their safe haven Camp Half-Blood gets attacked and their defense shield is compromised. Logan Lerman (The Patriot, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) reprises his role as Percy Jackson, as he, Grover played by Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, 8 Mile) and Annabeth played by Alexandra Daddario (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, Hall Pass) journey into the Sea of Monsters in search of the golden fleece. The fleece is said to heal the tree of Thalia, which is what keeps their defense shields up from intruders and monsters. Currently it’s now dying after the attack.
The main focal point of the movie is really a race against time, as Percy, his newly discovered clumsy half brother, Tyson the Cyclops played by Douglas Smith, and the rest of the gang attempts to retrieve the golden fleece, before Luke Castellan played by Jake Abel (I Am Number Four, The Lovely Bones) does. Luke, the son of Greek god Hermes plans on using the fleece’s healing abilities to unearth the evil Kronos from his tomb.
While the supporting cast helps move the film along, cast mates like Stanley Tucci (Hunger Games, Captain America: First Avenger) and Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) really don’t leave a lasting impression on you; others like Leven Rambin who plays Percy’s tough Camp Half-Blood opponent Clarisse La Rue, the daughter of Aries, the God of War who is also in search for the golden fleece helps aid Percy and the group. Actor Nathan Fillion (Monsters University, Firefly) who plays the Greek god Hermes and father of Luke, guides the group towards the Bermuda Triangle and the golden fleece.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in my opinion was wrongfully labeled. Though the adventure has the gang traveling through the Bermuda Triangle, there is not enough interaction with sea monsters. Other than having different characters from Greek mythology like supporting cast members Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Missi Pyle (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and Mary Birdsong (Park City) as Graeae, the three blind witches, another cyclops who they have to trick in order to retrieve the Fleece as he guarded it and the only menacing aquatic creature which served no purpose regarding the fleece. The term sea of monsters is misused.
The movie itself is entertaining for the young readers of the popular Percy Jackson book series from author Rick Riordan. As for adults and those not familiar with the book, it might not be as fun for them as it is for the kids. The humor and action is ok and the CGI work isn’t as good as one would expect. The worst is the 3D though. My recommendation is to go see the movie without it being in 3D.
Rated PG for: Action
Run time: 106 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Directed By: Thor Freudenthal
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel , Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Nathan Fillion
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 2.5/ Acting: 3/ Directing: 3/ Visuals: 3
OVERALL: 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls
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