Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: Based on the publishing phenomenon, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny.  To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and powerfully magic Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.

My Thoughts: I saw the initial Percy Jackson film back when it was in theaters, but before I was reviewing films, so my memory is fuzzy at best regarding Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Based on those memories, though, Sea of Monsters is a slight improvement over its predecessor. The film moves at a quicker pace, and the core returning cast seems more comfortable in their roles. The best performance, though, by far is Nathan Fillion’s too-brief role as Hermes. He injects a lot of comedy into his few minutes on screen. I do have one complaint, but it’s a big one: the film leads to a confrontation with the titan Cronus, who’s hyped as an all-powerful force, but is (SPOILER ALERT) handily defeated within a few minutes. It’s an unsatisfying denouement to an otherwise decent film aimed at young adults.

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