Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 106 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 10+. Many scenes of fantasy violence, including a fire-breathing bull that attacks teens at camp, the transformation of a young girl into a tree after her death, teenager getting eaten by a Cyclops and another monster, some hand-to-hand combat between teens, and some bullying and implied romantic interest between characters. The film stars teenagers, but the movie is really for children, and is better appropriate for that younger audience.
Who asked for this sequel? ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief’ ended on a definitive note, but ‘Sea of Monsters’ is not only boring and underwhelming, but it opens up the door for even more films in this franchise. You would be so, so much better off just reading the books.
By Roxana Hadadi
The one thing “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” has going for it is that the film’s name is not nearly as much of a mouthful as its predecessor, 2010’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” So many clunky words together in one place! But its comparatively svelte name is all “Sea of Monsters” has going for it. Otherwise it’s an overly long, simplistic mess.