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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

By CURTIS WOLOSCHUK
Given its M.O. of recycling Greek mythology, you'd think the fledgling Percy Jackson franchise would've guarded itself better against hubris. However, its opening installment (adapted from Rick Riordan's young-adult fantasy novels) strolled onscreen in 2010, presuming itself the rightful heir to Harry Potter's throne. Instead, it learned that it takes more than a serviceable premise—the Greek gods' half-human kids scuffle with their extended family—to capture the public's imagination. Returning duly humbled, considerably scaled-down (demigods train on a cut-rate Wipeout circuit; centaurs are primarily shot from the waist up) and blandly directed by Hotel for Dogs' Thor Freudenthal, this second chapter hinges on a vague prophecy and a voyage to the astonishingly underpopulated Sea of Monsters. A mechanical bull seemingly ripped from Guillermo del Toro's sketchbook and a cheeky Nathan Fillion cameo are highlights. However, such glimmers of life are snuffed out by leaden storytelling, insipid humor and a performance by the already charisma-challenged Logan Lerman that can best be described as “contractually obligated.” Unsurprisingly, the mandatory setup for a third film also lacks any conviction. There's very little fun to be had watching a kids' flick so aware of its own mortality.
 
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG [ Fantasy Action Violence, Mild Language, Some Scary Images ]
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: Logan Lerman [Percy Jackson], Brandon Jackson [Grover Underwood], Alexandra Daddario [Annabeth Chase], Jake Abel [Luke Castellan], Douglas Smith [Tyson], Stanley Tucci [Dionysus], Anthony Head [Chiron], Nathan Fillion [Hermes]
  • Directed by: Thor Freudenthal [Director]
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