The prelude features four kids - half human children of the Greek gods being pursued by some evil monsters. The kids escape into a forested island, "where the half-bloods camp" is, till Thalia Grace, daughter of Zeus, confronts the pursuer so that the other three may reach to safety. Thalia is killed and her father uses her body to erect an invisible barrier that will shield "Camp Half-Blood' and its inhabitants from further invasion.
Years later, the kids are now young adults and 'Camp Half Blood'
is reminiscent of an American style University Campus with
competitive games et al. One fine day, the barrier that protects
the camp is breached by a fire-breathing monster that resembles a
devilishly looking destructive mechanical bull. Now the lives of
all its inhabitants at 'Camp-Half Blood' are at peril. The only
thing that can save them is the famed 'Golden Fleece', which is
adorned by a Cyclops who lives on an island in the Sea of Monsters,
known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle.
The aggressive, Clarisse (Leven Rambin), the daughter of Ares, the god of War, is assigned by the camp director, to retrieve the 'Golden Fleece'. But according to legend and a dream that Percy, son of Poseidon had - the oracle hints that one of the two cousins could retrieve the fleece. But Percy is not too confident. Continue to read Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters - Movie Review in the slideshow.
Coaxed by his friends; fellow demi-god Annabeth and satyr Grover
and encouraged by, "If you are worried of your destiny then you
write a new one", Percy takes the lead. Albeit, unofficially. He is
accompanied by Tyson, a Cyclops, who happens to be his
half-brother. Also chasing the fleece is Luke, son of Hermes and
his coterie. So, the three teams venture to outsmart and excel
rivals and enemies as they go.
Lead Actors' Performance In PJSOM
All the young actors deliver. Logan Lerman as Percy is charming,
but he lacks the charisma or the screen presence of a hero. And the
fault does not lie in him, but in the script as he does not have
any awe-striking moments.
Technical Stuff In PJSOM
The film has high production value. Also, the cinematography by
Shelly Johnson and editing by Mark Goldblatt are worth a mention.
Director Thor Fredenthal steers the action sequences competently
enough. But unfortunately, the script, which is a fusion of ancient
myth and modern teen fantasy, seems ham-fisted and forced. The use
and reference of a camera on the mobile phone seems out of place in
the mise-en-scene. So, also the sudden association of Clarisse with
a group zombies, seemed like an obligatory enhancement that was
PJSOM - Verdict
Overall, the monsters in the film are staid and sedate.
Likewise, the conflicts and plot points in the film are not
challenging and awe-inspiring. Nevertheless the film is
PJSOM Cast And Crew
Producer: Michael Barnathan and Karen
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Brandon T. Jackson and Jake Abel
Music: Andrew Lockington
Cinematography: Shelly Johnson
Release date: August 30, 2013