Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hotel for Dogs)


Logan Lerman as Percy; Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth; Brandon T. Jackson as Grover; Jake Abel as Luke; Leven Rambin as Clarisse; Douglas Smith as Tyson

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy and his friends are enjoying a normal summer at Camp Half-Blood. Little do they know that Thalia, the dryad tree spirit who protects the camp, has been poisoned. In order to save Thalia, Percy must retrieve the golden fleece from a Cyclops’ cave in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle . . . before his friend-turned-enemy, Luke, uses the magical fleece to resurrect an evil titan.

If you haven’t seen the first movie or read the bestselling book series, that probably sounds confusing. But it’s just another adventure for Percy, son of Poseidon.

The Percy Jackson series sets Greek mythology in a modern setting. Percy and his friends are sons and daughters of the gods of Olympus. A few gods appear in the film, along with other magical creatures: centaurs, satyrs, and even ape-like monsters with scorpion tails. Percy’s half-brother, Tyson, is a Cyclops. Strange women seem to predict the future. Multiple characters die and then are brought back to life.

Several battles (mostly bloodless) feature hand-to-hand combat with fists and weapons. Percy stabs monsters with his sword and blows a hole in one. Luke attacks the camp with a fire-breathing bull. At various points, our heroes are chased by a Cyclops, forest monsters and the half-formed body of Kronos.

We hear some mild teenage swearing and name-calling. The camp director loves wine, although a curse forbids him from drinking it. One of the boys dresses up as a girl to distract a monster.

It’s no surprise that in an action-adventure like Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters we witness bravery and sacrifice. But the film’s other themes—such as humility, forgiveness and respecting others—are a pleasant surprise. Too bad those positive elements float amid a topsy-turvy sea of Greek myth and supernatural magic. Like the Harry Potter series, there are some redeeming points, but it might be too dangerous to dive into.

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