Flash Movie Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

There were two things that stoked my imagination when it came to mythology. One was the original movie of Jason and the Argonauts. Watching those fantastical creatures battle Jason was something that sparked endless imaginary battles in my head. I would use Jason as a decoy while I was the one who found the Golden Fleece. The other object that gave me a new appreciation for myths was the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Growing up it was required reading in school; everyone I knew had to read it. The idea that there were these beings living among us, who did not quite fit in, was something I could strongly identify with. If only I could have found a place like Camp Half-Blood that was featured in this fantasy film. Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Number 23) once again reprised his role of Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon. When the security system protecting the children of gods and goddesses staying at Camp Half-Blood was neutralized, Percy and his friends decided to go out on a mission to seek the one item that could restore and protect their home from evil forces–the Golden Fleece. I thought the concept of this story was a good idea; setting it in current times with typical teenagers who had special gifts. Logan, as he has done in his past films, came across as a likable character; one you did not want to see get into harm’s way. Others in the cast such as Alexandra Daddario (Hall Pass, Texas Chainsaw 3D) as Annabeth, Douglas Smith (Blast From the Past, Antiviral) as Tyson and Jake Abel (I Am Number Four, The Lovely Bones) as Luke were nothing memorable. The special effects could have been better I thought. Ultimately for a story that had multiple opportunities to amaze and surprise me fell flat. I have a feeling the book this adventure film was based on would have been a better choice to spark my imagination, just like when I was kid.

 

1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 16, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I think there was a “Sinbad the Sailor” from way back that captured my imagination πŸ™‚

  2. The books are awesome!! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan – and I think his books are better. (Rick Riordan)

    It’s such a shame the movies are only about 25% as good as the books : (

    • I have heard the books were awesome, so I bought the first book but have not had the time to read it yet. Funny, there always seems to be a new movie opening every weekend. lol Thanks for your comments.

  3. The trailer looks great, though.

  4. What an interesting review! I’ve heard from friends that the first movie was quite enjoyable…
    too bad the second isn’t that great 😦

  5. Now I want to read the series, sounds really interesting! and the movie in 3-D may be fun for my grandson and me….love 3-D, just hate those glasses that keep slipping.

    • I have heard the book series is good. If you see this film I would be interested in hearing your and your grandson’s reactions. Thanks again for leaving your comments.

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