Saturday, March 29, 2014

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

Directed By: Thor Freudenthal

Rating: PG

Runtime: 106 minutes

We're back with the follow-up to 2010's Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Once again, we are taken on a journey with our half-blood trio including Percy (Logan Lerman), Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario).

The film begins at the camp where the half-bloods seek refuge - for the camp has a magical shield that prevents nasty creatures from entering its grounds. Only one day, that shield is broken, thus leaving the camp unguarded.

And so, Percy Jackson comes to learn about his destiny, which involves a golden fleece, a cyclops or two, a creature feature, and of course let's not forget the gods themselves. A quick re-cap, without spoiling anything, Percy ventures to seek out the golden fleece. Why is this fleece so special? It has the power to heal and they just so happen to need it to restore the magic shield around camp. The story behind the fleece? Let's just say that the history of the gods does not prove to be all that pleasant.

The god Kronos had many children. Apparently he was rather crazy and began eating his children. Luckily, three children escaped - Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. These three gods teamed up to destroy Kronos and that's exactly what they did. The question is, will the golden fleece be used for good, to help heal that which is lost? Or will the fleece be used for evil, to give life back to the one god that will bring the ultimate destruction and chaos to Olympus and beyond?

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a fun experience, appropriate for the whole family. I give praise to the cast as well as the CGI team responsible for making all the creatures we see come to life. This film caters to fans of other fantasy features such as Harry Potter, Eragon, and the Lord of the Rings. So sit back and enjoy the show.  

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