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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
3.00 /10
Logan Lerman, Stanley Tucci, Brandon T. Jackson
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Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
Written by: Marc Guggenheim , based on the novel by Rick Riordan

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 106

Drowns in mediocrity.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The far from inspired Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief has spawned a glossier but no more entertaining sequel. In yet another accountancy-led movie enterprise, teenage demigod Percy (wide-eyed, boyish Logan Lerman, pictured) goes on a quest to find the Golden Fleece. Thatís because he wishes to save his beleaguered buddies at Camp Half-Blood, which is basically Hogwarts re-imagined as an American summer camp.

Itís a familiar mixture of jumpy CGI action, poor 3D and lowbrow comedy, although Pierce Brosnan has retired from the cast, to be replaced by Anthony Head as Chiron, a hairier, four-legged Dumbledore. I suppose you could say heís the filmís moral centaur.

Comparisons with Potter are inevitable, and Percy does not emerge from these with any credit. Greek mythology is crudely dragged into a modern context, without the humour, richness of texture or imagination that J.K.Rowling brought to family-friendly fantasy.

The whole thing is irredeemably third-rate, and the episodic plot seems to be made up as it goes along. The Rick Riordan books on which these are based have sold well, but on the evidence of the films itís hard to see why. Thereís not enough here that is funny, thrilling or even interesting.

Towards the end, one of the sketchiest characters tries to persuade us sheís the daughter of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. I wasnít convinced. And Athena was the Goddess of good craftsmanship, which is what this film most badly needed.

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