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The second of the Greek myth/Californian teen crossover series finds Percy Jackson (Lerman) tasked with locating the Golden Fleece and preventing his irked rival Luke (Jake Abel) from freeing the Titan Kronos and thus unleashing vast amounts of CG upon the world...

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Having fretted he will amount to no more than a “one quest wonder”, Percy Jackson (Lerman) — offspring of Poseidon, regular teen, heart of gold — discovers from the Oracle of Delphi (found in Stanley Tucci’s attic) that he is yet destined to save Olympus or destroy it. A couple of heart to hearts later, when his summer camp of mythological misfits comes under attack from a teen outcast (apparently, he was in film one), the boy wizard, sorry, boy demi-god must cast off for the Sea of Monsters to steal the Golden Fleece from decently-computerised cyclopean grouch Polyphemus and fulfil his destiny one way or the other (although, it’s hard to muster the concern). He must also learn to bond with his newly arrived half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith) who is also a Cyclops, only more conventionally teen-sized who wears shades for much of the time to take the pressure off the effects budget.

The biggest challenge confronting this second episode in the franchise smoothie, based on the novels of Rick Riordan, which blends the B.C. with the O.C. is to overcome its general aroma of pointlessness. There is nothing inept, nothing garbled about Thor Freudenthal’s storytelling, it’s just so flavourless and derivative there’s nothing much to recommend about it either. Lerman is a bright, likeable presence, but his emotional development is mapped out by the next phalanx of CGI beasties, and he might as well be reading his lines from a chalkboard. All his array of perky teen sidekicks — rosebud cheeks, snow-white teeth, Stepford smiles — can offer to the charge of playful modernity is squeal, “Oh no he DIDUNT ” when Percy rocks some heroics.

Jackson and his fellow “half-bloods” amount to no more than a covers band for other franchises: teen rivals competing for glory (The Hunger Games), a boat crewed by the undead (Pirates Of The Caribbean), a disused theme-park showdown (Scooby-Doo), and a giant ark containing ancient evil (no guesses). It is, at least, better than Wrath Of The Titans, which possesses the identical plot.

Everything else is, quite unashamedly, lifted from Harry Potter. The most daring thing about Percy 2 is how brazen it is about this. Just in the basics, we have Lerman, the reluctant hero; Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth, the clever one; and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover, the funny one (he’s a satyr with attitude). Together destined to save a school of magic. Meanwhile on staff, Tucci is a muddled Dionysus, Anthony Head takes over from Pierce Brosnan in fronting for a horse’s arse as the centaur Chiron, and Nathan Fillion plays Hermes, wittily managing a UPS depot. Everyone else — villains, heroes, muggles — is adolescent, which lends the film a peculiar tension between the characters’ adolescent identity crises (although their godly hormones never run to the stirring of loins) and the inherently child-orientated concept of a Greek hero in sneakers.

The CG does its part of the bargain, but even more than the brighter, breezier original this is a pale imitation of Potter.

Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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Enjoyed it more than I thought I would

'Scooby Jones and the Half-Blood Titans of the Caribbean' is undoubtedly a one for the youngsters, but there movies currently on release with far less conviction than this. If nothing else, you have to admire the nerve of a film that replicates the opening of the Ark of the Covenant in an abandoned fairground, and all with a straight face. Hell, yeah. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 22:31, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post

Percy Jackson and the sea of failure

A film that contained only one monster, the man who thought of it. Directed by a man called Thor and personally if his brother Loki had used his mind powers the film would still be a pile of Satyr dung. The only thing that was like the book was the characters and plot, the rest was obviously thought of when the director and writers where either drunk out of their minds or very high. The amount of things that would never of happened are about a mile long one being the fact that Grover who in the ... More

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Posted by silence1 at 13:51, 10 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hard on for Potter??

Ok not bad nor good average fair ok for the kids just a wee bit...... Meh!thing the girl who sort of plays his girlfriend? has to have the biggest eyes I've ever seen. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:40, 10 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hard on for Potter??

Well my 14 year old daughter has been so excited for this film, SO excited. She loved the first one, so was front of the queue yesterday with all of her friends. And the general consensus was film of the year (and trust me, she's seen them all the target audience thought it was brilliant. It doesn't matter what us old 'uns think really, it succeeded in that sense. She gave it 10 out of 10, so 5 stars it's going to be. ... More

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Posted by jonson at 14:53, 09 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hard on for Potter??

L: whitelighter I think Ian Nathan has a serious hard on for potter! Don't you just hate reading a review where the reviewer just compares the film to all other films??? This is NOTHING like Hairy Plopper! My 9 year old loves this film & the first. Remember the target audience for this film is "kids" leave your brain at home & take your kid to see it on a rainy day & I'm sure you will give it its fair dues 3 stars. air point. JK Rowling wasn't the first person to come up with the bas... More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 13:03, 08 August 2013 | Report This Post

Hard on for Potter??

I think Ian Nathan has a serious hard on for potter! Don't you just hate reading a review where the reviewer just compares the film to all other films??? This is NOTHING like Hairy Plopper! My 9 year old loves this film & the first. Remember the target audience for this film is "kids" leave your brain at home & take your kid to see it on a rainy day & I'm sure you will give it its fair dues 3 stars. ... More

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Posted by whitelighter at 15:55, 07 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

Haven't seen it, genuinely don't like commenting on reviews for films I haven't seen but if anyone has can you answer me this. Will my six year old who loves Harry Potter and loved the first film like it or will he think it's derivative? ... More

Posted by squeezyrider at 15:23, 07 August 2013 | Report This Post

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