This past week I had the opportunity to see 20th Century Fox release, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci, and Sean Bean at an early screening here in Las Vegas. Having not seen the first movie in a long time, I was not sure what to expect.
Based on the publishing phenomenon, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.
For a hero, some may consider a three year vacation a little lazy, but after saving all of Olympus, there is definitely some justification for it. Percy may not have been crusading across the world on various quests in his time off since returning the lightning bolt to Zeus, but he has continued to hone his many talents at Camp Half Blood.. Sadly now his sense of purpose has come into question. Even among his peers in a place he can finally call home, Percy doubts his destiny and place as a hero.
When the camp faces danger, Percy discovers a prophecy tying him to a threat that could destroy the world as he knows it. He must take arms once more flanked by old friends and a few new ones. Percy and his companions travel to the Sea of Monsters where he is faced with the choice of giving into destiny or writing his own.
Having not seen Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightening Thief since its initial release, I purposely chose not to refresh my memory to see how well the sequel stood on its own. While I enjoyed the initial film greatly, the sequel stood firmly upon itself. Any connections to the first movie are quickly explained as needed, leaving no confusion with the storyline.
Audiences can look forward to more Greek legends peppered throughout Percy’s quest that many enjoyed from the first one. Wonderment and action fill the movie as creatures of myth aid and fight Percy along his journey. A specific part I enjoyed was the day to day blending of myths and magic in our own real world lifestyles.
Logan Lerman wields Percy’s sword once more giving a performance that awes audiences with Percy’s epic heroism, but also gives us a young man who is very much just like everyone else. Besides the core young actors returning such as Brandon T. Jackson as Grover and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth, special mention needs to be made of a few new actors joining the cast. The great Stanley Tucci, whose resume can speak for itself, joins his younger cast mates as Mr. D, adding comic relief to the perils of Camp Half Blood. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will be happy to see Anthony Head taking over the role of Chiron. I do feel that the comedy and fun award of the movie needs to be handed to Mr. Nathan Fillion in his portrayal of Hermes, the messenger god. Heads up to Firefly fans, I think Mr. Fillion got one little joke in as well.
While it may not be suitable for the tiniest of family members (8+ depending on your child), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a fun family film that will leave the whole family excited and amazed. Whether you watch the standard or the 3D version, if you plan on hanging out with Percy, you might want to play it safe and wear life jacket. You are definitely in for a ride.
Disclosure: I attended the movie as a member of the press.
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