By Lily Lee, Special to The China Post“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” debuts in theaters this month in 3D, following the first movie in the series,“Percy Jackson and the Olympians”from three years ago. Logan Lerman plays Percy Jackson, who in the first movie discovers his true identity as a demigod and the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea.
August 16, 2013, 1:38 pm TWN
Director Thor Freudenthal develops the story with a flashback of four young demigods running toward Camp Half-Blood haven to seek refuge from the monsters after them. The film continues with a teenage Percy residing in the camp when the magical barrier has been breached, and the camp falls into constant chaos. Percy and his friends, along with his new half cyclops brother, begin their journey in the hopes that they will save their home.
Just like the first film, Sea of Monsters is also filled with many mythological elements like cyclops and satyrs, but adding an array of modern elements seems a bit out of touch. The Graeae sisters driving taxis and zombies fighting on a modern battle ship are not the best mixture of Greek and contemporary concepts.
No need to worry if you do not understand any mythological terms, the movie itself does a pretty good job in making sure that you understand who is related to which god and who hates who. However, this can take a toll on the average pace as the dialogue is not the most concise or artistic, leaving you craving more drama and action. The characters lack development in general, but they do portray their mythological attributes, like Dionysus' love of wine and Hermes' swift changes.
The special effects definitely help to move the story forward, coupled with some nicely done CGI characters, leaving a pretty good impression. The Giant Cyclops and Kronos definitely come to life on the big screen, and the director tells mythological stories beautifully with lots of colors and shades, both entertaining and moving.
Even though this film is directed at young teens, the plot is disappointing and flat. You don't have to read the book to know what is going to happen next and most likely you can mouth the cliché lines with the characters. However, the film does cover a variety of themes like bravery and loyalty that sends a good message to young audiences.
The fantasy element is definitely there, but there needs to be more emphasis on the mythological dimension and not the modern world. This film falls short in plot and character development, and scenes do not flow smoothly from time to time, but Logan Lerman barely pulls the story together with his charm and charisma. ■