After a terrific turn in last year's fine indie drama
The new installment finds a self-doubting Percy, son of sea god Poseidon, off on another Olympus-saving escapade, now with a trio of lively cohorts: Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), a skittish satyr (half man-half goat); Annabeth (
The quartet is on a quest to the Sea of Monsters (a.k.a. the Bermuda Triangle) to capture the legendary Golden Fleece from yet another Cyclops — this one of the colossal, deadly and ravenous variety. The point: so that the fleece's magical powers can help restore the invisible shield that critically protects Camp Half-Blood — a kind of Hogwarts for god-spawns — that was destroyed by a raging mechanical bull (and not the type you see in country-western bars, either).
There's a host of other treacherous, myth-centric obstacles in the way of Percy's posse, most of which make for fairly diverting, visual effects-heavy set pieces. These include a breakneck ride in a taxi driven by three blind witches, a fantastic voyage through the stomach of a vast sea monster and a climactic battle with the vengeful, child-swallowing Titan god Kronos, the series' ongoing antagonist.
Also intersecting with Percy and company are the hyper-competitive Clarisse (
The film, directed by Thor Freudenthal (
'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters'
MPAA rating: PG for fantasy action violence, some scary images and mild language
Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Playing: In general release