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Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Aug. 8, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is back for another quest when his schools protective barrier- designed to protect the demi God children from danger- is breached. Only the Golden Fleece can restore the barrier, so Percy and his friends Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) go out in search of it, on a journey that also reunites Percy with his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), a shy Cyclops.

REVIEW: I might be wrong, but I doubt anyone here is terribly enthusiastic about a sequel to PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTENING THIEF. The first one, which came out three years ago, was wildly hyped by Fox, with it having been directed by Chris Columbus, who also did the first two HARRY POTTERs. Suffice to say, PERCY JACKSON was no HARRY POTTER, and the film did modest business. Still, it was far more successful than other Potter clones and would-be franchises like ERAGON, CITY OF EMBER, & THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING, all also put out by Fox.

Despite everything, PERCY JACKSON is back for another go-round, with Columbus being replaced by DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and HOTEL FOR DOGS director Thor Freudenthal. I dont know for sure, but to me anyways, it feels like SEA OF MONSTERS was made for considerably less money than the relatively lavish first film, as this feels like a quickie sequel designed to cash in on any of the franchises remaining fans (the book series runs five volumes).

Yes folks, that means the quest in PERCY JACKSON is far less grand in scope than the first film was, with most of the action being contained to (1) a yacht, (2) a speedboat, or (3) an ogre dwelling cave. The CGI is still relatively decent, although SEA OF MONSTERS feels too low-rent for the 3D conversion its received, as the technology doesnt really lend itself too well to the proceedings.

Even if the budget had been slashed, SEA OF MONSTERS could have still been fun, considering the game cast. While its immediately apparent that the kids from the first film have grown up considerably, they still do their best with the material. Lermans broken out since the first film, with his part in THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, and an upcoming role in Darren Aronofskys NOAH, but he doesnt phone it in, and tries to make Percy a fun hero. Lerman moves well, and a (very) brief fight scene where he uses a little martial arts rather than magic makes me wish Freudenthal and the writers had focused less on stretching the budget with CGI, and made more of a fun, family-friendly action adventure movie rather than trying to live up to the scope of the first film.

His co-star, Alexandra Daddario, whos blossomed into a gorgeous woman in the three years since THE LIGHTENING THIEF looks far too mature to be running around as the teenaged Annabeth, and considering that shes twenty-six, and co-star Brandon T. Jackson is twenty-eight, it might have been wise of the gang had been aged a little so that they were no longer high-schoolers. Jackson disappears for a good chunk of the movie, with him written out of the mid-section only to re-appear in the conclusion.

All of the stars who played Gods in the first film have been replaced, with Pierce Brosnans Chiron now being played by Anthony Head of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. The role is even smaller here than it was in the first film, so it probably wouldnt have been worth the expense to bring him back. They did, however, manage to land Stanley Tucci for a small part, and whatever enjoyment I got out of the film is mostly due to his limited screen time, as well as a fun cameo by the great Nathan Fillion as Hermes (along with a funny nod to the best TV shows always being cancelled- FIREFLY anyone?).

Suffice to say, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS probably isnt going to rejuvenate the franchise and will likely be the last we see of the character unless it makes enough of a profit to do another one. Its probably only worth watching if you happen to have young kids that are too young for something like PACIFIC RIM. So, while this is (probably) the end of PERCY JACKSON, Im sure than the central trio, Lerman, Jackson, and Daddario are all going to have long careers. Each of them is talented, and they deserve a better showcase than this, especially if its going to be made in such a boring way.

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6:48PM on 08/07/2013

Damn..

Having read all the books, I'm sure I'll still like it but I'm a little bummed by the review. Especially considering sea of monsters was by far the weakest of the 5 books, I wish they would have skipped it all together. Oh well.
Having read all the books, I'm sure I'll still like it but I'm a little bummed by the review. Especially considering sea of monsters was by far the weakest of the 5 books, I wish they would have skipped it all together. Oh well.
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6:18AM on 08/08/2013
I find the review a bit arch. The film is really not that bad. Yes, the budget was obviously cut down compared to the first one and the kids have obviously grown up... But PJ 2 is a fun family movie despite its weaknesses, but it will be clearly more enjoyed by the kids than their parents.
I find the review a bit arch. The film is really not that bad. Yes, the budget was obviously cut down compared to the first one and the kids have obviously grown up... But PJ 2 is a fun family movie despite its weaknesses, but it will be clearly more enjoyed by the kids than their parents.
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2:38AM on 08/08/2013

Hurn....

Whatever happened to the golden compass? Those books were excellent, and tho the first was rely watered down, I guess it just REALLLLLLY bombed
Whatever happened to the golden compass? Those books were excellent, and tho the first was rely watered down, I guess it just REALLLLLLY bombed
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6:02AM on 08/08/2013
Ho, yes, it did... To the point it led New Line to (almost) bankrupt, allowing Warner to buy it completely.
Ho, yes, it did... To the point it led New Line to (almost) bankrupt, allowing Warner to buy it completely.
3:12AM on 08/08/2013
Ah well. Looked like fun from the trailer. I like that this film seems to have tongue placed firmly in cheek, unlike many other Young Adult novel adaptations that seem to be taking themselves far too seriously.
Ah well. Looked like fun from the trailer. I like that this film seems to have tongue placed firmly in cheek, unlike many other Young Adult novel adaptations that seem to be taking themselves far too seriously.
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3:49AM on 08/08/2013
Wasn't the first movie a bomb? So with 4/10 this would be another bomb. If there's a third book, it will likely be a bomb. So the question is: why are they keep making Bombed movies?
Wasn't the first movie a bomb? So with 4/10 this would be another bomb. If there's a third book, it will likely be a bomb. So the question is: why are they keep making Bombed movies?
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6:28AM on 08/08/2013
Hmm, point taken. Come to think of it, I see lots of electronic appliance shops that use Percy Jackson and Lightning Thief as home theatre demo material.
Hmm, point taken. Come to think of it, I see lots of electronic appliance shops that use Percy Jackson and Lightning Thief as home theatre demo material.
6:10AM on 08/08/2013
The first one was a box office hit internationally. And LOTS of movies with a 4/10 rating on Joblo were big box office hits (and LOTS of movies bombed with a 8 to 10 Joblo rating...).
The first one was a box office hit internationally. And LOTS of movies with a 4/10 rating on Joblo were big box office hits (and LOTS of movies bombed with a 8 to 10 Joblo rating...).
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5:52AM on 08/08/2013
Hm... I was actually expecting this movie since I read all the books and enjoyed the 1st movie (which could have been much better). If it's really bad and bombs than it's sad as I enjoyed the third book even more and that had more cinematic appeal than this one. Still, I check this one out. Still hoping in some mild entertainment...
Hm... I was actually expecting this movie since I read all the books and enjoyed the 1st movie (which could have been much better). If it's really bad and bombs than it's sad as I enjoyed the third book even more and that had more cinematic appeal than this one. Still, I check this one out. Still hoping in some mild entertainment...
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8:31AM on 08/08/2013

That's sad

The PERCY JACKSON series isn't the most original, but it's well-written and a fun read (my nephews and nieces love it). I was hoping Fox would do a better job with this series. There's actually another series in progress where Percy teams up with some Roman demi-gods to fight evil.
The PERCY JACKSON series isn't the most original, but it's well-written and a fun read (my nephews and nieces love it). I was hoping Fox would do a better job with this series. There's actually another series in progress where Percy teams up with some Roman demi-gods to fight evil.
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10:07AM on 08/08/2013
This review is a little harsh, the movie wasn't 4 out of 10 bad, but it certainly wasn't good either. I'd give it a 5.5 out of 10, it had a number of fun set pieces, they just weren't enough to make the movie good.
This review is a little harsh, the movie wasn't 4 out of 10 bad, but it certainly wasn't good either. I'd give it a 5.5 out of 10, it had a number of fun set pieces, they just weren't enough to make the movie good.
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10:54AM on 08/09/2013
5.5 out of 10 rather than 4 out of 10? Oh big fucking difference....
5.5 out of 10 rather than 4 out of 10? Oh big fucking difference....
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5:55PM on 08/08/2013

That's a shame.

Of all of the crap movies I get dragged to with my kids I actually enjoyed the first one in this series quite a bit. I think this one was put together on the quick and cheap, just to capitalize on the name, so it's little wonder it isn't any good.
Of all of the crap movies I get dragged to with my kids I actually enjoyed the first one in this series quite a bit. I think this one was put together on the quick and cheap, just to capitalize on the name, so it's little wonder it isn't any good.
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8:41PM on 08/11/2013

I have any expectations for this film

Come on, let's be serious. The first movie was a shame. Kinda dissappointing CGI, bad acting and plot, etc. A lot of people say that The Lightening Thief was a good book but the movie just WASN'T.
It was hard to me to believe they were making a sequel and now after reading this review I'm pretty sure I'm not watching it. Maybe I'll give a chance to the books saga.
Come on, let's be serious. The first movie was a shame. Kinda dissappointing CGI, bad acting and plot, etc. A lot of people say that The Lightening Thief was a good book but the movie just WASN'T.
It was hard to me to believe they were making a sequel and now after reading this review I'm pretty sure I'm not watching it. Maybe I'll give a chance to the books saga.
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