SINGAPORE - Movie Review. Fantasy-adventure.
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (PG)
106 minutes/In Cinemas/ 2.5 Stars
The story: Monsters attack Camp Half-Blood, the only safe place for demi-gods like Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), son of the Greek god Poseidon. To save the camp, Percy and his friends Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) must head to the treacherous Sea Of Monsters and find the magical Golden Fleece.
This sequel to the 2010 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief sets sail promisingly, but eventually leaves fans with a sinking feeling.
The opening voice-over and high-octane action sequences quickly re-introduce the zany world created by novelist Rick Riordan, a space where Greek myths meet modern-day fantasy and pocket pens unfold into unbreakable swords.
At a summer camp like no other, the offspring of Greek gods and human men and women run crushing obstacle courses under the watchful eyes of centaur teachers.
At first, it seems that director Thor Freudenthal has found the magic formula that propelled similar teen adventures such as the Harry Potter franchise to multi-million-dollar takings at the box office.
Unfortunately, he turns out to be inspired more by his 2010 hit for pre-teens, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. Percy too is now transformed from budding epic hero into wimpy geek worrying about whether he has lost his mojo.
Lacklustre dialogue and a low-energy performance lead viewers to root instead for his arch-rival, Clarisse, played with enchantingly perky meanness by Leven Rambin.