Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Percy-Jackson-Sea-poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Produced by
Screenplay by Marc Guggenheim
Based on The Sea of Monsters 
by Rick Riordan
Starring
Music by Andrew Lockington
Cinematography Shelly Johnson
Editing by Mark Goldblatt
Studio
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07)
Running time 106 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $90 million[2]
Box office $199,850,315[2]

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Thor Freudenthal. It is the second installment in the Percy Jackson film series and is based on the novel The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan.

The film continues the adventures of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) and his friends, as they search for the Golden Fleece at the Sea of Monsters. Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, and Jake Abel reprise their roles from the previous film, while Nathan Fillion and Anthony Head replace Dylan Neal and Pierce Brosnan. New additions to the cast include Leven Rambin, Douglas Smith, and Stanley Tucci. The film was produced by Michael Barnathan and Karen Rosenfelt. Chris Columbus, who directed Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, serves as executive producer. The plot centers on Percy and his friends as they journey to the eponymous Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece in order to save their safe but dying haven.

The film was released in North America on August 7, 2013 and grossed over $199 million at the box office. The film was released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 17, 2013.[3]

Plot[edit]

Percy recounts the story of Thalia and her great sacrifice in order to protect her friends. A young Annabeth, Luke, Grover and Thalia are running to Camp Half-Blood while being pursued by monsters. Thalia sacrifices herself to get the others into the camp and her father Zeus finds another way for her to live by transforming 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. Back at the camp, Percy has started to feel like a "One Quest Wonder". 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. Following this, Luke Castellan (who had survived) 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 by Luke 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 half-blood 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 half-blood of the eldest gods, so the half-blood 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, in which 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 Annabeth's wishes. Annabeth hails the Chariot of Damnation and Percy threatens the three drivers (the Graeae) to tell him of his prophecy, causing them to 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, as well as 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 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 soon they arrive at Circeland, Polyphemus' 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 bolt 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. Annabeth then encourages Percy to take leadership. 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 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 with Annabeth protecting the tree over night. The group returns the next day to find Thalia alive, as the fleece healed Thalia too much and returned her to human form (although the tree still remains).

Percy realizes 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 glowing, presumably showing that Kronos is still alive somehow.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Reports of a second Percy Jackson film first surfaced in March 2011.[12][13] On October 12, 2011, a sequel was officially confirmed by 20th Century Fox.[14] Filming for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters began on April 16, 2012. The film was originally going to be released on March 15, 2013,[15] but in May 2012, the release date was postponed to August 16, 2013.[16] In April 2013, a final release date was set for August 7, 2013.[17] Filming took place in Robert Burnaby Park in Vancouver, B.C.; however from June 20 to July 22, they filmed in New Orleans for Princess Andromeda scenes,[18] including the former site of Six Flags New Orleans.[19] More filming took place in January 2013. On January 22, 2013, Logan Lerman released a statement on Twitter that read "Last day of shooting on Percy Jackson 2" accompanied by a photo of the shooting.[20]

Development[edit]

Logan Lerman on the last day for the shooting of the film.

In February 2011, it was revealed in the online subscription magazine Production Weekly that the film was in production.[21] In another source, the lead cast members from the first movie were expected to return for their roles. Chris Columbus would not be returning as director, though he would be producing the movie together with Karen Rosenfelt (producer of the Twilight movie Breaking Dawn). Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski were hired as the scriptwriters.[22] On June 16, 2011, it was announced that Thor Freudenthal would be directing the movie.[23] Shooting began in summer 2012.  On October 12, 2011, it was announced that the film would be released on March 26, 2013. On May 31, 2012, it was announced that the movie had been pushed back to August 16, 2013.[24] On April 6, it was announced that the movie was pushed up to August 7, 2013.[25]

Filming[edit]

On January 13, 2012, a brand new production list was released and stated that filming would take place between April 26, 2012 and July 11, 2012.[26][27] It was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and New Orleans, Louisiana with the abandoned set of Six Flags in New Orleans also serving as a filming location . Filming wrapped up in July and then started again in January for reshoots. It wrapped up on January 22, 2013.[28][29]

Marketing[edit]

Five official stills were released on March 21, 2013.[30] On April 2, the trailer for the film was uploaded on YouTube. A teaser poster was released on April 16. A second trailer was released on May 29, 2013. A third international trailer was released on the June 25, 2013, on YouTube. Since July 19, three TV spots have been released known as "Story", "Cast" and "Family". A clip from the film was released on the internet on July 23, where it was later uploaded onto YouTube. Later many more new clips were released.

Smart & Final stores in California, Arizona, and Nevada offered Hollywood Movie Money Certificate good for one free movie ticket with the purchase of two First Street Bakery items as part of the movie promotion.[31]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 41% approval rating with an average rating of 5.1/10 based on 111 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "It's pretty and packed with action; unfortunately, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is also waterlogged with characters and plots that can't help but feel derivative."[32] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 39 based on 33 collected reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[33]

Jim Vejvoda of IGN rated the movie as 6.0 out of 10, awarding "There are worse sequels than the CG-heavy Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, but it's just such overly familiar territory."[34] Gary Goldstein from Los Angeles Times gave the film a positive review, saying that "tweens and young teens should be sufficiently distracted by the movie's brisk pace and heroic mayhem — if they're not too unnerved by its at times nightmarish imagery",[35] while James Rocchi from ScreenCrush said "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is hardly the stuff of legend, but by keeping the plot straightforward and the storytelling clean, it's an odyssey the intended young audience will be glad to take."[36] Marsha McCreadie on Roger Ebert's website gave the movie two and a half stars out of four and called it "a gentler-spirited, less flashy enterprise, though it still presents a natural world that can morph at the whim of a god."[37]

New York Times writer Andy Webster states, "Sea of Monsters is diverting enough — the director, Thor Freudenthal is savvy with effects and keeps his young cast on point — but it doesn’t begin to approach the biting adolescent tension of the Harry Potter movies."[38] In a negative review, Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter posted as the bottom line that "Buoyant effects help keep this sequel from being a noisily hit and myth proposition."[39] Bruce Ingram of Chicago Sun-Times thought the movie had a "deficit of thrills" and "faithful fans of the novels will be unhappy with the liberties taken with the adaptation like they were with the first film."[40] Some critics were merciless, like Josh Bell of Las Vegas Weekly who called the series "a thoroughly second-rate franchise" and said "with movies like Sea of Monsters, it can probably continue in acceptable mediocrity for years to come"[41] and Connie Ogle of The Miami Herald who says "In Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, choosing the dumbest character is a colossal task."[42]

Box office[edit]

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters grossed an estimated $68,519,879 in North America and $133,727,872 internationally for a worldwide total of $202,247,751.[43]

The film grossed $5.4 million on its opening day, taking the number No. 2 spot at the domestic box office.[44] During its extended five day opening weekend the film debuted at the No. 4 spot and grossed $23,258,113.[45]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2014 Young Artist Award Best Supporting Young Actress in a Feature Film Katelyn Mager Pending [46]

Soundtrack[edit]

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Soundtrack album by Andrew Lockington
Released August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 68:54
Label Sony Classical
Producer Brian Liesegang
No. Title Length
1. "Thalia’s Story"   3:42
2. "Percy at the Lake"   1:29
3. "Colchis Bull"   4:08
4. "The Shield is Gone"   1:31
5. "The Oracle’s Prophecy"   3:08
6. "Cursed Blade Shall Reap"   1:43
7. "Wild Taxi Ride"   3:25
8. "Hermes"   2:34
9. "Hippocampus"   3:34
10. "Onboard the Yacht"   1:39
11. "Wave Conjuring"   6:49
12. "Sea of Monsters"   2:31
13. "Belly of the Beast"   3:52
14. "New Coordinates"   2:13
15. "Polyphemus"   2:58
16. "Thank You Brother"   6:01
17. "Kronos"   5:08
18. "Annabeth and the Fleece"   2:03
19. "Resurrection"   3:04
20. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Main Titles"   3:15
21. "To Feel Alive" (composed by Andrew Lockington & Tiff Randol and performed by IAMEVE) 4:06

"My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" by Fall Out Boy and "Cameo Lover" by Kimbra were featured in the movie but are unavailable on the soundtrack.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 17, 2013. The film was additionally released for Digital HD download on December 3.[47][48]

Sequel[edit]

In March 25, 2014, Logan Lerman said that a sequel to Sea of Monsters would not be made.[49] However, a report of March 31, 2014 stated "Logan Lerman has said Percy Jackson 3 could still go ahead" and that the previous report "was taken out of context".[50]

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