First off, let me say, I didn’t have high expectations for this movie, so I wasn’t too deeply disappointed.
Based on the second installment of Rick Riordan’s series of novels, the sequel to 2010’s The Lightning Thief picks up where its predecessor left off. From Percy (Logan Lerman) to his girl sidekick Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) to his satyr BFF (Brandon T. Jackson) to the bossy, competitive Clarisse (Leven Rambin), the show is basically just a teenage movie, with teenagers on a quest. A modern Greek Mythology quest at that, so if you’re scratching your head, don’t even bother to try to understand why things happen the way it happens.
Sea of Monsters finds Percy and his pals at Camp Half Blood, a safe haven for the offspring of the Gods (picture summer camp but with teenage demigods), with Percy going through all the problems that plague teenagers these days. Self doubt, and lack of parental guidance, who in this case comes in the form of his ever silent dad, Poseidon. When a mechanical bull breaches the force field that protects the camp and a very important tree begins to die, the kids set off on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Its healing properties can save the tree and restore the protective magical barrier, and recovering it can also put to rest Percy’s fears that his role in the events of The Lightning Thief was not a fluke.
In my opinion the only actor that is interesting to watch in this movie, is Douglas Smith (Big Love) as Tyson, Percy’s cheerful half-brother, who also happens to be a Cyclops. Tyson also possesses the ability to summon mythical creatures of the sea, being the half son of Poseidon as well. I thought there might be some showdown between Smith and the guardian of the fleece. Unfortunately, not enough time was given to develop the Cyclops character, that is so interesting in Mythology, and it instead portrays the Keeper of the Fleece as some big buffoon, flesh-eating, one-eyed monster. Incredibly painful to watch.
Well, having already seen some of the best films of the year, this one just leaves you with a soft, mushy feeling in the middle. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, is a forgettable sequel. None of it’s particularly unpleasant, it’s just that it’s boring and bland. Not worth the effort getting to the cinema nor queuing in line for popcorn even.