Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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The second Percy Jackson movie, based on Rick Riordan's urban fantasy teen novels. Son of Greek god Poseidon, Percy (Logan Lerman) ventures to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece. 

Percy has had an unnervingly quiet school year. But then he discovers that the magical borders protecting Half Blood Hill are failing. Unless something is done, the camp will be attacked by demons and monsters. The only way to restore power to the camp's borders is to find the Golden Fleece.

From the director of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Starring
Logan Lerman, Nathan Fillion, Jake Abel, Alexandra Daddario, Stanley Tucci, Leven Rambin, Missi Pyle, Brandon T. Jackson

Directed by
Thor Freudenthal ('Diary of a Wimpy Kid', 'Hotel for Dogs')

Written by
Scott Alexander, Marc Guggenheim, Larry Karaszewski

(PG) Violence and coarse language | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | USA | Official Website


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Good CGI, otherwise pretty flat
2 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

The CGI for the character Kronos was imagined in an interesting way. Other than that, this film sort of limps along. Kind of fun, but just needs a bit (OK , a lot) more zip to make it work.

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Average rating 2 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars


Dissolve (USA)

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters continues a tradition of adequacy that could be described as “epic-ish” or “majestic-esque.”

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Empire (UK)

The CG does its part of the bargain, but even more than the brighter, breezier original this is a pale imitation of Potter.

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Guardian (UK)

The kids are charmless, the adults bemused.

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Hollywood Reporter

Buoyant effects help keep this sequel from being a noisily hit and myth proposition.

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New York Times

Diverting enough - the director, Thor Freudenthal, is savvy with effects and keeps his young cast on point.

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Time Out London

There’s really nothing to recommend ‘Sea of Monsters’: the young cast are smug and forgettable; the action sequences barely get going before they’re over; and the whole affair is riddled with product placement and pop cultural references – one girl even seems to possess a magic iPad.

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Total Film

The final showdown whisks up the requisite excitement, but the open-ended coda feels like an optimistic throw of the dice from the franchise showing meagre signs of Harry Potter longevity.

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Variety (USA)

An epic showcase for mediocre CGI and slapdash screenwriting.

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Flicks.co.nz "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" Movie Review

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Adam Fresco, Flicks.co.nz

After the disappointment of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Diary of a Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal delivers a much-improved rendering of Rick Riordan’s books. This time the teen demigods must save a magic tree at Hogwarts - er, Camp Half-Blood - by undertaking the perilous journey to the titular Sea of Monsters (aka The Bermuda Triangle) to fetch The Golden Fleece. As you do…

The dialogue often creaks like a leaky boat, but the low expectations set by the first film make its sequel surprisingly fun family fare. The requisite CGI action scenes roll along nicely, the 3D is crisp and a supporting cast, featuring the likes of Nathan Fillion and Stanley Tucci, makes up for the bland gorgeousness of leads Lerman, Daddario, and Jackson as Percy, Annabeth and Grover. Adding squishy emotion to the team is Douglas Smith, as Percy’s sweet, one-eyed half-brother, Tyson.

There are huge “borrows” from other franchises besides the obvious lifts from Harry Potter - baddie Kronos emerges from a knock-off of Indiana Jones' Ark of the Covenant, and there’s a clockwork bull pinched straight from the Golden Army of Hellboy 2 (heck, Ron Perlman even turns up, voicing a giant short-sighted Cyclops.)

Like The Mortal Instruments, Percy aims to be the next Hunger Potter Twilight Games. But it does so with wit, charm, knowing nods and tongue firmly in its Greek Mythology 101 cheek. My 8-year old said it was “good”. High praise indeed from an 8-year old and for a rollicking, inoffensive, CGI-heavy, instantly-forgettable but fun-while-it-lasts, family-friendly adventure.


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