Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (aka Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters) review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
Percy Jackson seems to be a series that has come out of nowhere, a duo of films aimed at a young audience but surprisingly has enough in them to entertain an older audience. In fact Sea of Monsters, the follow up to Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief is just as entertaining as it tightens up the supporting cast and sets Percy on a much more personal adventure with plenty of the thrills that made the first so surprising.
Sea of Monsters follows Percy (Logan Lerman) as he is sent on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, an incredibly powerful healing device needed to repair a mystical barrier protecting a village full of descendants of the gods. With the help of his best friends Grover (Brandon T Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), Percy must find the fleece before an old enemy has the chance to reawaken a powerful titan with it.
Unlike the first instalment, Sea of Monsters isn’t weighed down by pointless side characters and cringeworthy backstory, it throws viewers right in and never lets up. It’s a rapid thrill ride through Greek mythology with some excellent CGI, entertaining actors and a story worth its mustard. However it never really rises above the fantasy kids film ceiling it has created for itself. It’s devotion to the what Chris Columbus has created has a sense of nobility to it but it ensures the movie lacks the guts to take any risks.
The classic hero vs villain story gets old and although Lerman is a fine actor, responsible for an award worthy performance in last years The Perks of Being a Wallflower, he can’t help the film when it finally runs out of juice just before the end. A cameo by Nathan Fillion as Hermes entertains (especially for any Firefly fans watching) and Anthony Stewart Head proves a better Chiron than Pierce Brosnan but most of the film belongs to Lerman who is a reliable lead but just not able to make Sea of Monsters anything more than a mindless action romp worth watching on a rainy day.