Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a 2013 American fantasy-adventure film based on the Rick Riordan novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and is the second installment in the Percy Jackson film series. It continues the adventures of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and his friends, as they search for the Golden Fleece at the eponymous Sea of Monsters, better known to the humans as the Bermuda Triangle in order to save an ailing magical tree that protects their home from foes. In the film, Percy is filled with self-doubt and doubts himself just to be a “one-quest wonder”. The film was produced by Karen Rosenfelt, Mark Radcliffe and Chris Columbus (who served as the director for the first film) under Fox 2000 and directed by Thor Freudenthal. Originally planned for a release in March 2013, the film was pushed to August 16 but was eventually released on August 7 of the same year. and was converted to 3D in post-production. The film was released to mixed reviews from critics upon release with praise for its action sequences and the special effects. The critics also praised the performances of the young leads as well as Nathan Fillion’s performance as Hermes. It was made on a budget of $90 million. The film, expanded to over just 30 territories outside of North America. It has, as of November 6, 2013, made more than twice its budget, raking in almost $200 million at the worldwide box office.
It stars Lerman as the titular hero with Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, and Jake Abel reprising their roles from the previous film. Also Nathan Fillion and Anthony Head replace Dylan Neal and Pierce Brosnan as Hermes and Chiron respectively from the previous film. New additions to the cast include Leven Rambin as Clarisse La Rue, Douglas Smith as Percy’s cyclops half-brother Tyson, Stanley Tucci as Dionysus, the director of Camp Half-Blood. Filming began in late April 2012 and concluded in July of the same year with reshoots taking place in January 2013. It was shot in Vancouver and New Orleans.
The movie begins with Percy recounting the story of Thalia and her great sacrifice in order to protect her friends. A young Annabeth, Luke, Grover and Thalia running to Camp Half-Blood while being pursued by monsters. Thalia sacrifices herself to get the others into the camp, and her father Zeus takes pity on her and transforms her into a pine tree, creating a magical border around the camp so that no other half-blood would suffer from a fate as she did. The scene then shifts to Percy during a camp competition against Clarisse La Rue. Percy loses the competition after he assists another camper, and is badgered by Clarisse. Soon after, Chiron and Mr. D investigate a Cyclops that has somehow passed through the border, and the cyclops is revealed to be Tyson, Percy’s half-brother. After the campers pick on Percy and Tyson, the camp is suddenly attacked by a Colchis Bull, who breaks through the border and ravages Camp Half-Blood. Percy finally defeats it with the help of Tyson, Annabeth, and Clarisse, and Luke Castellan suddenly appears and confronts Percy, trying to convert the son of Poseidon to his cause. When Percy refuses, Luke disappears.
The campers soon realize that Thalia’s tree has been poisoned and that they have been left vulnerable to attacks. Percy asks Chiron about a prophecy he is involved in (for Luke had tried to bait him with the knowledge earlier), and subsequently visits the Oracle, who tells him of a prophecy of a child of the eldest gods either saving or destroying Olympus. Percy tells Chiron about the prophecy and the latter then tells him that he is the only living child of the eldest gods, so the child in the Prophecy may refer to Percy himself. Annabeth and Grover then find a way to save the tree as they learn about the Golden Fleece which has the power to heal almost anything and they then propose a quest to Mr. D, where they retrieve the Fleece from Polyphemus’ Lair in CirceLand in the Sea of Monsters and use it to heal Thalia’s tree. Mr. D then announces the quest, but chooses Clarisse to lead the quest instead, much to Annabeth’s and Percy’s dismay. Percy then convinces Grover and Annabeth to accompany him on the quest, and Tyson joins them against the groups’ wishes. Annabeth hails the Taxi of Damnation, and Percy threatens the three drivers to tell him of his prophecy, and they give him a set of coordinates in the Sea of Monsters before ejecting the group from the cab in Washington D.C. While walking down the street, Grover is kidnapped by Chris Rodriguez and taken to Luke. Meanwhile, Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson meet with Hermes and he gives them a thermos that releases the winds from the four corners of the earth, and a magical box sealer that, when taped around as a border, can make anything disappear. The three ride a Hippocampus to Luke’s yacht, The Princess Andromeda, where they are captured and locked in the brig. Percy frees them with the box sealer and they escape after fighting through Luke’s men and a Manticore, using the thermos to escape on the ship.
The group is consumed by Charybdis after Tyson loses the thermos, and they discover Clarisse in the monster’s stomach. Percy and Clarisse work together to escape Charybdis’s gut, and they arrive at CirceLand, Polyphemus’s lair. Percy finds Grover and the five escape Polyphemus, retrieving the fleece and trapping him in his cave. Afterwards, Luke arrives and demands the fleece from Percy, who refuses. Luke shoots a crossbow at Percy, but Tyson takes the bolt in the chest before falling to the water below, much to Percy’s shock.
Luke begins reviving Kronos as Percy laments over the loss of Tyson. The team then escapes captivity and a fight ensues. Percy grapples with Luke over the Fleece, but Luke easily gains the upper hand. Luke is suddenly thrown away by Tyson, revealed to have survived his wound, due to the water healing it, as he is Poseidon’s son. The group however watches in horror as Kronos rises from the sarcophagus. Kronos consumes Luke and Grover, before battling Percy. Percy realizes that Riptide is the “cursed blade” of the prophecy, and slays Kronos with it, who regurgitates Grover and Luke, the latter landing in Polyphemus’ Lair. Their victory is short lived as Annabeth is stabbed from behind by the Manticore, who is killed in turn by Clarisse and Grover. Annabeth dies in Percy’s arms, but is resurrected by the Fleece. Percy then gives the fleece to Clarisse and they return to Camp Half-Blood. Clarisse places the fleece on Thalia’s tree. The group returns later to find Thalia alive, as the fleece healed Thalia too and returned her to human form. The film ends with Percy realizing that Thalia is a child of Zeus, and therefore is another possible child of the prophecy about either preserving or destroying Olympus. The last scene shows the sarcophagus with Kronos’ remains in it.