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Not surprisingly, obtaining the Fleece isn't the easiest of tasks since it's located in the scary Sea of Monsters, and this quest is what consumes most of the film's running time. There are a few flashes of brilliance in the finer details—for instance, the scene where the quick-witted Fillion plays the modern-day Hermes as a UPS delivery guy; or the teenagers' zany taxi ride to Florida where the drivers are three scary women who've got one working eyeball between them—but most of what's happening feels pretty inconsequential and dull.

Because the lead actors aren't given much (besides green screen) to work with, especially in terms of meaningful dialogue, it's not surprising when none of them, including Lerman, light up the screen. Worse yet, any attempts at comic relief, particularly the running joke of Percy's recently discovered half-brother being a Cyclops, fall spectacularly flat. That's right: in nearly two hours there's nary a laugh, and when a storyline for the younger set is this serious, there'd better be a compelling reason.

Sadly with Sea of Monsters, there's just not. As fascinating as the idea of Greek mythology making its way into the modern world is, the lack of execution in a story that's worth telling is what makes Sea of Monsters such a drag. It's safe to say that all comparisons between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will come to a screeching halt...

CAUTIONS (may contain spoilers):

  • Violence: One of Percy's friends dies early on when Camp Half-Blood is invaded. While mostly bloodless violence in the fantasy genre vein, there are some intense sequences that involve choking, stabbing, a rather menacing, fire-breathing bull and explosions. Some of the monsters are pretty frightening, especially from a younger child's perspective. There's also some bullying depicted.
  • Language/Profanity: A couple of exclamations of God's name. Da--, he--, as- are used on occasion. Sometimes the characters will stop just short of a profanity, i.e. what the —.
  • Sex/Nudity: No sex or nudity. A monster thinks Percy's friend Grover is a girl, so Grover keeps up the charade to ensure his survival by wearing a dress and flirting with him in a girlish voice.
  • Drugs/Alcohol: None

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the MeddlersBased in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.

Publication date: August 6, 2013