Sunday, 13 October 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters movie review

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) Poster

Went to see this movie with the family and my son's girlfriend this morning.  We loved the original Percy Jackson movie and my son is a huge fan of the Percy Jackson books, so we were expecting great things.

IMDB describes the movie premise as 'In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.' 

Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) reprises his role as Percy, as does Alexandra Daddario (Hall Pass, Texas Chainsaw 3D) as Annabeth and Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Fast and Furious) as Grover.  Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games, All My Children) plays Clarisse, daughter of Ares the God of War, who thwarts Percy at every trial and Douglas Smith (Big Love, Antiviral) is Tyson, Percy's new half-brother who just happens to be a Cyclops.

Antony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin) replaces Pierce Brosnan as Chiron the centaurian tutor and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada) replaces Luke Camilleri as Dionysus.  Jake Abel (I am Number 4, The Lovely Bones) reprises his role as Luke, son of Hermes which is surprising as he supposedly died in the last movie.

The action is right from the beginning, but the use of CGI seems to be a foil for the lack of characterisation that was so enjoyable in the first movie.  The plot twists are not as surprising and the monsters are scary, but nowhere near as fascinating as the ones from Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief.  For example, there is a scene that screams Harry Potter with a taxi featuring three eyeless witches that had humour, but was just way too similar for me.  All I could think of was, that's Shirley from Community as one of them was the inimitable Yvette Nicole Brown.

Overall it was an entertaining film, but not as good as the first one.                                          7/10


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