Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

Remember the dreadful, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief? If you thought that movie adaptation was flat, cheesy and nothing like the book, then you’re going to hate Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

In this film, we open with Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) recounting the story of four  half-bloods (Son/Daughter of a God and Human) running to Camp Half-Blood, when suddenly, two Cyclops’ begin to chase them. Thalia, daughter of Zeus, stays behind to help the others reach the camp. She’s nearly killed, but Zeus manages to keep her alive by turning her into a tree and by creating a barrier to keep non Half-Bloods out of the camp.

That is until Luke (Jake Abel), the son of Hermes, attacks the camp with a centurion, mechanical bull and manages to break the boundary. He and Percy chat briefly and Percy discovers that there’s a prophecy about him. After seeking the Oracle at Delphi in the camps attic, Percy discovers that he and Luke will fight over the Golden Fleece (which has the power to restore anything dead or dying) and that he will either save Olympus or be the cause of its destruction.

With the prophecy seeming true, Percy heads out to the Sea of Monsters to find the Golden Fleece, alongside his saytr friend Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), his love interest Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario) and his new cyclops half-brother, Tyson (Douglas Smith). Along the way, they encounter the Graeae (three witches with no eyes), Hermes (Nathon FIllion) and the Titan of all Titans, Cronus! So, Percy must stop Luke from reviving Cronus if he wants to save Olympus and there’s your story.

It wouldn’t be a bad story if the actors actually cared about it and if everything wasn’t overly cheesy. The dialog is just bad, the characters are very one-dimensional and we get the sense that no one really cared about making this movie any good. I love Logan Lerman (Perks Of Being A Wallflower), but even he could have stepped his game up. Nathan Fillion ends up being the best part of this movie (which is fine because he’s great), but he’s only in it for a few minutes. But, in that short time, he manages to make a Firefly joke about the greatest shows naturally being canceled after one season. That’s the funniest and best line in the movie… This film had a lot of potential to be better than its predecessor and to be a great movie, but its lack of care ends up being its Achilles Heel (pun intended). If you still want to see this movie, I’d suggest you keep reading for my Top Ten Thoughts on Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!

Just because they got older, doesn't mean that the quality of their movies got better.
Just because they got older, doesn’t mean that the quality of their movies got better.

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Logan Lerman is still enjoyable to watch. He seems more confident!

This movie doesn’t follow the book all that well, so that’s a tad bit upsetting.

Brandon T. Jackson has quite a few funny lines that keep the movie rolling.

Every female character in this movie is incredibly rude for no explainable reason. It gets really annoying.

There is a lot of Greek mythology talk in this film, which I really loved.

The graphics are so cheesy… I mean, it’s 2013, right?

Nathan Fillion is Hermes. Oh, he’s also the best part of the movie.

Stanley Tucci needed more screen time because he’s actually enjoyable, unlike most of the cast.

Nathan Fillion makes a reference to Firefly being canceled.

Nathan Fillion is only in the movie for a few minutes.

At its core, the movie has a good idea for an interesting story.

I couldn’t help but compare this film to Disney’s Hercules, due to lots of similarities.

The bad guy in this film has a semi-cool motive.

They never show you any of the gods! I want to see Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades!

Getting to see the story of Cronus through glass stained windows was pretty cool.

It’s really easy to defeat your enemies, as seen by the effortless actions of Percy and his friends.

I liked that they tried to blend the Greek Gods within Earth.

The climactic, epic boss battle lasts 30 seconds at most.

If you’re younger, you won’t have any problem whatsoever with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

If you have read the books, are older, or have the ability to tell when you’re watching a bad movie, you will not enjoy Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Overall:

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters may be even more of a letdown than The Lightning Thief was. Most of the cast is horrible and the awesome cast members barely get to do anything. Combine that with cheesy graphics, rude people and the easiest Titan to kill ever and you’ve got a bad movie. It didn’t have to be this bad. It just seemed as if no one cared enough to try to do the book justice, or to make a semi-decent film. This is an instance where I’d recommend the amazing book instead of the film.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6aYjbpBm-E

2 STARS

2 / 5 stars     

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