Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters Review

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Studio: Fox 2000 Pictures, Sunswept Entertainment, 1492 Pictures
Running Time: 106 mins

Verdict: 2 / 5

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the sequel to Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief, a film that wasn’t exactly magnificent but it was fun, enjoyable and entertaining. In other words, original didn’t set the bar to high for the sequel. Despite this The Sea of Monsters still only managed to be average. The story centers on Percy (Logan Lerman), the son of Poseidon, who continues his epic journey to fulfill his destiny. Along the way he teams up with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood.


Mr. D: [Mr. D poured some wine into a glass but it turned to water immediately and it was revealed that it is a punishment from Zeus] You know the Christians have a guy who can do this but in the opposite direction,
[looking up at the sky, as if speaking to Zeus]
Mr. D: now that’s a god.

Sea of Monsters never really tries anything new. It never even tries to set itself apart from the Lightening Thief. Instead, it aims to hit all the same notes from the previous film without fiddling too much with the formula. The one big plus about the Lightening Thief was the characters, their relationships and the fun surprise cameos. With the latest release the story has certainly not improved, the writing of the film seems to have gotten worse, with humour that falls flat and narrative that drags. The Sea of Monsters does have its moments, but because it so few and far bar between, it’s simply a film that will fade from memory by the time you leave the cinema.

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Annabeth: It’s a Chariot of Damnation.
Grover: Looks like a New York City cab.
Annabeth: Same difference.

Nathan Fillion’s cameo as Hermes in the film is probably the best thing about the film, giving us those good-natured funny moments we come to expect from Percy Jackson, while Douglas Smith played Tyson probably the most annoying character in the film. While characters like Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), who was a strong female character in the first film, is reduced to love interest without a sense of self, and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) who was the comic relief in the first film, now is relieved from the majority of the film.

The sequel didn’t try to strengthen the first film’s weaknesses. It didn’t even try to build on the first film’s strengths. Instead, its derivative of itself. The film could and should have been better than what it was. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a film that is shrouded in a veil of mediocrity that perfectly balances the good and the bad of story telling and sequels to an unexceptional perfection.

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