When Rick Riordan says everything old is new again, he really means it. He has taken ancient myth and legend and combined it with post-modern society and brought us the Percy Jackson series of books. This second film from the series is a wonderful take on the second book of the series. I do hope this film franchise keeps running! We are once again brought into the story by the dream team of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), a son of Posiden, Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), and their satyr guide, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson). Annabeth relives her past in a short tale of woe for another child of the most powerful of the Greek Gods, Zeus. As children trying to reach the protective camp, Annabeth, Grover, Luke, and another girl, Talia, were being chased by two cyclops. In the pursuit, Talia tried to stop the cyclops to let the other kids get away, but was defeated. Talia was a child of Zeus, and everyone thought she was killed, but there was a very faint life force left in her, and Zeus used this to create a new life for Talia, as a tree protecting the camp, just as Talia did for her young friends. Also, because of this incident, Annabeth developed a hatred for cyclops.
In our present time, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is living at the camp, safe from monsters and other evil beasts, but he has to deal with a nasty rivalry with Clarisse (Leven Rambin), the daughter of Ares. She is just as arrogant as her father, and looking to put others down. She uses the training war games to show up Percy and the other half-Olympians, and she sees Percy’s willingness to help out people in trouble as a weakness. While Percy is having issues with Clarisse and her arrogance, he is neglecting to see a much bigger problem. Luke (Jake Abel) still has a chip on his shoulder about the Olympians and their treatment of the half-breeds, and wants to let loose Chronos, the titan that the Olympians spawned from to destroy them so the children can take over, just like the Olympians had done to the Titans. Percy is also in for another surprise, when Chiron (Anthony Head) and “Mr. D” aka Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) introduce him to his half-brother, Tyson (Douglas Smith). Tyson is the son of Posiden and a sea nymph, thus a cyclops. Annabeth takes an instant dislike to Tyson, though no one can understand why, since the young cyclops has done nothing wrong.
Percy learns of a prophecy in which he will either save the Olympians or destroy them, and Luke wants to make sure they are destroyed by releasing Chronos. To stop him, they must find the Golden Fleece. Luke finds a way to do this, and the island where Chronos has been sealed is in The Sea of Monsters, which lies in the Bermuda Triangle, and only a satyr can lead them to the Golden Fleece, so Grover’s role is crucial. The trio makes way for Miami via a mystical taxi driven by the Gray Sisters, three crones that share one eye. When it turns out that the kids are short on drachmas for the trip, the crones drop them off in Washington D.C. There they meet with Luke’s father, Hermes (Nathan Fillion) to learn why Luke is the way he his. The chase will take them into the Sea of Monsters, inside the sea monster, Charybdis, where they find that Clarisse is also hunting down Luke to stop him.
This movie is non-stop action, and features a cast of characters already familiar to us through the books of Rick Riordan. If you love seeing the classic myth meet with modern day fun and action, then you cannot miss Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
I give this film a Musing review of