[Movie Review] Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersSunday, August 11, 2013
Hello gorgeous people, how was your holiday?? Today will be the last day where you can sleep like nobody business, doing things you love and go for crazy shopping…. We quite enjoy watching this movie and we thought you should go and watch it in the cinema near you before you resume to work tomorrow.
“In Demigods, We Trust”
Following from the 2010 film, Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters is based on the Rick Riordan novel of the same name which sees continuation on the adventures of Percy Jackson (played by Logan Lerman) and his other demigod friends, as they search for the Golden Fleece at the titular Sea of Monsters to save an ailing magical tree that protects their home from foes. Directed by Thor Freudenthal whose works had previously brought us Dairy of A Wimpy Kid, Sea of Monster is set to display action and fine 3D works with CGI rendering. Thanks to Nuffnang, we are in treat to watch the premiere screening of the film.
Following from the events of the previous film, the opening narration depicts the younger Annabeth, Luke, Grover and Thalia, daughter of Zeus whom is being chased after by some mysterious creatures in the dark. Worried for the safety of others, Thalia offered herself to distract them while the rest get away to safety but proven futile as she thrown so far that death and despair awaits her. Her father Zeus had found a way for her live on by create a tree in her image that serves a barrier which would prevent another half blood to relive such fate.
Fast forwarding to present, Percy whom after the first film had learned to embrace his gifts and power from his greek god father, Poseidon trains in the camp half-blood which is run under the God of Wine and the director of camp half-blood, Dionysus whom had previously incurred the wrath of Zeus which then cursed him for eternity by turning every wine he touched into water.
Soon the camp gets attacked and Luke Castellan, son of Hermes whom had survived the first film, returned and poisoned the magical tree containing the spirit of Zeus's daughter, Thalia who died at the gates of Camp Half-Blood whilst saving Annabeth and Luke and Grover during the opening narration. While the tree is slowly dying, the barrier that had protected the camp is becoming very weak which leaves the camp open for attacks.
During the raid by Luke, he discloses a prophecy to Percy whom in turn found out the prophecy that is connected to him. The prophecy told of great terror and horror during those turbulent times where even the Gods were to powerless against their father, Kronos whom took pleasure of devouring his own. Only with combine might of the three elder Gods comprised of Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, that had finally decapitate Kronos and hid his remains in the depths of Tartarus. The ultimatum stems from the battle for the Golden Fleece as the son of the eldest Gods battles the Lightning Thief with the Cursed Sword, has the power to save Olympus or destroys it all together. While trying to swallow it, another surprise that awaits him is the fact that he has another brother who’s a Cyclops is named Tyson.
Once again, Percy embarks on a journey with his friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece to save the by travelling to the Sea of Monsters and faces yet another tough challenges that awaits them. With very little time left and the weight of the prophecy weighing on him, Percy must muster all his strength and wits to survive this whilst making his own destiny.
[Spoilers!!] In all out honesty, this latest book-turned-into-movie franchise is a interesting watch but ideally the movie had deviate the Greek mythology to the point many will never know who actually had a quest to find the Gold Fleece. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is presuming loosely based on the Greek legends of Jason and the Argonauts in their quest to find the Golden Fleece which is believed to have mythical healing powers. In this alternate version instead of having Jason and the Argonauts, we have Percy Jackson (son of elder God Poseidon) his band of merry friends along with his half brother Cyclops Tyson that sets out on a quest to find it before Luke would use it to resurrect the Titan Kronos from the grave.
While the CGI rendering is epic, the storyline which reads like an after school special and the stiff performances gives a slight disappointment. The sudden emerging of Kronos with the knowledge of the Universe in the present had shown that even after beyond death and returning, they are preloaded with a super fast connection speed to upload with all the information or they know the future (They are Gods, supposedly). Despite it all, it’s a fun watch and do catch it in the cinema nearest to you.
Till the next review.
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Writers: Marc Guggenheim (screenplay), Rick Riordan (Based upon the novel "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters" written by)
Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson