Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters review

Thor Fruedenthal
Logan Lerman
Alexandra Daddario
Brandon T. Jackson
Leven Rambin
Jake Abel
Rated: PG

Finally, the sequel that nobody was asking for.

The second “Percy Jackson” installment picks up some time after the events of “The Lightning Thief.” Percy Jackson (Lerman), son of Poseidon, is training in a special camp for demigods, which is sort of like a lame version of Xavier’s School for the Gifted from X-Men. Trouble starts coming up when enemy demigod Luke (Abel) gets involved with a plot to destroy the barrier around the camp and reawaken the ancient evil.

To stop the ancient evil, and save the camp, Percy has to go on a quest to find the Golden Fleece. He is once again joined by love interest Annabeth (Daddario) and comic relief character Grover (Jackson) to go on the mission. A new addition to the team is Tyson (Smith), Percy’s half brother who happens to be a cyclops and offers a bit more comic relief.

There are a lot of things wrong with this “Percy Jackson” movie, starting off, the pacing is all over the place. The first two acts feel slow and uninteresting leading to a climax that is lackluster. The story just isn’t very interesting, there are few twists and turns, and overall, it’s not fun. The movie also provides a number of false deaths to pull on heartstrings rather than to actually further a character.

The characters never come across as really likable and what’s worse is that they all have horrid dialogue. Percy Jackson starts the movie complaining about how he hasn’t done anything grand in a while and that people are calling him a “one quest wonder,” when in reality, he probably should be happy about doing something for the greater good. Logan Lerman isn’t particular interesting either.

His sidekicks in Annabeth and Grover aren’t too much better as they just play archetypes. Brandon T. Jackson is a little too timid and afraid of everything and played for more laughs than anything. And Daddario as Annabeth is not really that interesting. And wow, is the character Clarisse annoying. Leven Rambin who plays the role does put a lot of passion into the role, however, it comes off as wasted since the person she’s playing is just unlikeable.

Jake Abel as the movie’s main villain was terrible and his motives were cliche, plus, outside of him, there really doesn’t feel to be any secondary villain in the movie as everyone else was just henchmen. And the ancient evil they were resurrecting seemed to be just a giant lumbering monster with no personality.

There were a couple nice scenes with good special effects that looked nice on the screen, however there were some less than stellar ones as well.

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is so forgettable and not worth anybodies time. It is based on a popular book series and the novels are probably better, but there is just so little care put into the film adaption. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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