PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
Pagan Worldviews Made Easy For Children
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra
Daddario, Leven Rambin, Nathan
Fillion, Stanley Tucci, Sean
Bean, Jake Abel, Missi Pyle,
Daniel Cudmore, Robert
Maillet, Brandon T. Jackson,
Douglas Smith, Paloma
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox Pictures/News
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Executive Producer: Mark Morgan
Producer: Michael Barnathan, Chris
Columbus, Karen Rosenfelt
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000; Website: www.fox.com
SEA OF MONSTERS takes place right after its predecessor PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS. Even though he saved the world from the destruction of the gods, Percy, half-human son of the Greek god, Poseidon, doesn’t feel very heroic. At Camp Half-Blood (a special training camp for demi-gods), Percy wonders if he has any greatness in him. Percy also learns he has a half-brother, Tyson, who’s not even human, but instead half-cyclops.
Unlike Percy, Tyson is overjoyed with the thought of having a new brother. Percy’s demi-god nemesis, Luke, threatens the safety of the camp by destroying its magical borders. In order to save the camp, Percy, Tyson and his friends, Grover (a satyr) and Annabeth, go on a quest to retrieve the magical Golden Fleece. Only the fleece has the healing powers to fix the camp’s borders.
To retrieve the Golden Fleece, these four teenagers must go through the Sea of Monsters, or, as the humans call it, the Bermuda Triangle. They also must face the giant cyclops who holds on to the fleece. Meanwhile, Luke and other demi-gods bent on destruction are also after the Golden Fleece so they can use it to overthrow the rule of the gods.
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS doesn’t progress the story or the characters that much and is full of plot holes. Many plot elements happen with little to no explanation, and the CGI isn’t good enough to hold the audience’s interest. Percy does begin to learn that his destiny is full of greatness, and his bond with his friends is strengthened through the adventure. There are also some genuinely funny moments, especially revolving around Luke’s father Hermes, played by Nathan Fillion.
The problem with this movie revolves around the pagan and polytheistic worldview. The entire concept of the story borrows from pagan mythology and is set in a world where there is not one God, but many gods. This is the direct opposite from what Scripture tells us and could potentially be very confusing and even damaging to young children seeking to understand the truth.
That said, SEA OF MONSTERS does borrow some Biblical and even Christian virtues. Percy is more concerned with the safety of others, even during trivial competitions with his camp rivals. Percy’s brother Tyson also teaches him to “have faith,” and Tyson seems to exhibit this childlike trust in his father Poseidon. In the end, rivals learn to be friends, friends learn teamwork, and self-sacrifice for the sake of others is exemplified. There’s even a Christian reference when one of the camp leaders says that the Christians have “a guy” who can turn water into wine. “Now, that’s a God!” he exclaims.
Overall, the positive attributes of PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS are overshadowed by pagan worldviews and action violence that warrants a strong or extreme caution for media-wise viewers.
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS doesn’t progress the story or the characters that much and is full of plot holes. There’s also a major problem revolving around the world being set in a polytheistic universe with many gods and demi-gods. This element is confusing for young children. That said, there are many biblical virtues portrayed in SEA OF MONSTERS, including teamwork, self-sacrifice, faith, and even a nod to Jesus, but the pagan worldview overshadows many of those virtues, so Movieguide® advises strong or extreme caution for media-wise viewers.