In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.
In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.
In this retelling of Rick Riordans book, "The Sea of Monsters", Percy Jackson, accompanied by his friends Annabeth Chase, Clarisse La Rue and Tyson, his half brother, goes on a journey to the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood. Written by
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[Mr. D poured some wine into a glass but it turned to water immediately - a punishment from Zeus]
You know, the Christians have a guy who can do this trick in reverse,
[looking up at the sky, as if speaking to Zeus]
now that's a god.
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Like so many other films, especially those made from Young Adult or Children's books, Sea of Monsters doesn't follow the book very closely. The source material was essentially used as a framework or guideline for the film.
The film is even less true to the book than Lightning Thief. However, that being said, the film has adequate SFX, a nice score, and a good bit of humorous dialog and byplay.
Casting was OK, but not as good as it could have been. Recasting Chiron and replacing Pierce Brosnan with Anthony Head wasn't the best idea. Although Head plays the part well, it seems he's simply rehashing his role as Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Also, Dionysus seemed to be written for Bruce Campbell instead of Stanley Tucci. Still, Tucci was OK. But not as good a Bruce would have been IMHO.
The CGI was reasonable but nothing outstanding. At least it wasn't the old-fashioned blue screen with the white line around the effect. Somehow, I think having Ray Harryhausen (were he alive) or one of his students, oversee the creature effects would have only improved it. He had significant experience with that sort of film.
Still, it was an OK film and nothing to get too worked up over. Sort of lazy Saturday Afternoon fare. YMMV.
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