Movie review: Percy Jackson – Sea of Monsters (2013)


When I browsed through new movies on cinema website recently, I find that there isn’t any appealing films up to my preference. There is only one that had a bit of my attention, which is ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’. However, that one is a sequel. For this reason, I purposely find and watched its predecessor back; ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ released three years ago. The first one is a great and engaging film, and I do have interest on action-adventure films like this that are based on Greek mythology (involving Olympus gods like Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, etc).

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‘Percy Jackson’ films are basically teenager version of ‘Wrath or Clash of the Titans’. The titular character of the former is a demigod, son of Poseidon while the main character in the latter is the son of Zeus. Very much similar, but ‘Percy Jackson’ movies are much lighter and relevant to even young children too. In ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’, a group of half-blood (demigods) led by Percy embarks on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece to restore their dying safe haven (a tree that protect the Half-Blood Camp gets poisoned, hence the barrier fading out) while trying to stop an ancient evil, Kronos (father of Olympus) from rising. None of the Gods (Zeus, Hades or Poseidon) appears in this movie unlike the first one.

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This sequel truly did not disappoints its predecessor and it delivers well from where it ends in the first story. It will certainly provides a good platform for future sequels too on which I’m looking forward to. This time, the group of heroes (Percy, Grover and Annabeth) gets bigger with additional new characters, Tyson (Percy’s half brother whom is a cyclop) and Clarisse (a very proud female demigod). Both are very interesting characters and made up for a better and much exciting adventure we are looking for from this kind of movie. There are also more solid action-packed sequences and great visual effects displayed which is a very important aspect for a mythical adventure film.

The main casts especially Logan Lerman delivered brilliant performance. This time, there would be also praise for more comedy-filled moments, most notably the lightning-speed taxi with the three eyeless drivers, and also the part where Grover pretends to be a cyclop and wear a gown. However, there are also bad points I wish to highlight from this movie. Since the movie is titled ‘Sea of Monsters’, I am hoping for more scenes on that sea itself, means harder obstacles there, like maybe fighting huge sea serpent there or uncontrollable tsunami. However, it seems nothing much happened in that quite a brief scene besides than being consumed into the ‘monster’s stomach’ and the movie gives itself the title of ‘sea of monsters’. On the other hand, I also wish for more life-threatening and intense battle with the resurrected Kronos, the giant ancient horrifying evil, and yet, it gets defeated so easily by Percy in the end. Slightly disappointed by the final battle.

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Nevertheless, this movie still delivers with entertaining adventure, solid plot, clean storytelling, great visuals and good acting. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ a total of 7.5. For the first one, ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’, I would give 7.4. It’s usually harder for a sequel to perform better or similarly to that of its original, but this one is an exception.

(All images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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One Response to “Movie review: Percy Jackson – Sea of Monsters (2013)”

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