Valdosta Daily Times


August 16, 2013

‘Elysium’ is a nice place to visit but ...


VALDOSTA — Movie Review: This adventure is a sequel to 2010’s “Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief” (Director Chris Columbus). “Sea of Monsters” is not nearly as original as its prequel. The plot is similar to “Wrath of the Titans” (2012).

Percy Jackson (Lerman), the demigod son of Poseidon, leads a team to find the mythical Golden Fleece to cure a tree that forms a barrier that protects their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood. That is just one objective for Percy Jackson. The young man must also find a way to relate to another of Poseidon’s half-blood sons, Tyson (Smith), a Cyclops. On their quest to find the Golden Fleece, the young team must also fight against a team of rogue Camp Half-Blood members who want the fleece for a more sinister reason.

Based on Rick Riordan’s book, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters,” this tale is just interesting enough to make sitting through it enjoyable. The script throws too many subplots together. In that sense, it appears to lose focus at times. It is more like two movies in one, where neither is very powerful because the other intervenes.  

The characters are intriguing, but the plot focuses more on story when the characters are more intriguing. This is the great fault of “Sea of Monsters.” It does explore the story's most apparent — the main players — relationships with each other.  

While watching this film, you get the sense that something from the book is missing.

Instead, audiences’ treats are neat characters, good visual effects and energetic adventures. No matter the genius of these concepts, they cannot cover up the ills of the story. And this is sad considering the characters are entertaining and likable.    

Grade: C+ (Percy Jackson is in an adventurous but so-so story.)





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