This Week In Home Entertainment: Prisoners, Percy Jackson, Justified And More

By Jessica Rawden 2013-12-17 18:09:15discussion comments
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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Blu-ray
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the second film based on a set of popular novels written by childrenís author Rick Riordan. The first movie is a coming of age story about Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), a young man who learns he is the son of a mortal woman and an Olympian god. The new movie in the franchise features a lot of the same characters and follows Percy coming into his own as a leader and quick thinker among his crew.

I wouldnít exactly call Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters an epic adventure tale, but it is a fun one, following Percy, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood from utter destruction. Many of the same names have returned for the film following The Lightning Thief, including Jake Abel, but the film does replace Pierce Brosnan with Anthony Head as Chiron, and introduces a few new names in the Olympus realm. Notably among these is Leven Ramblin as Clarisse, the hard-headed and hard-hearted young daughter of Ares who capably portrays tough while managing to differentiate herself from Annabeth. Nathan Fillion also takes a role as Hermes, a smooth-talking and efficient God who gives the film some much-needed comic relief during his brief but awesome tenure onscreen.

The film as a whole offers a nice enough story and some great performances, but its nothing like Riordanís novels, which hinge on comedy and weirdness. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters offers both, but something is lost in translation when the novels are portrayed onscreen. Still, the kid-friendly flick offers enough eye-popping action for kids to be entertained for a couple of hours.

You can order Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: "Deconstructing a Demigod" takes a look at each of the characters in the Sea of Monsters movie and features interviews from most of the main cast members. The whole point of the segment is that it is tougher than it looks to do action sequences. That might not be the most earth-shattering idea viewers have ever encountered, but the motion comic is weird and the other extras are lackluster. The "Deconstructing a Demigod" featurette is at least watchable.

Other Special Features:
Tyson Motion Comics
"Deconstructing a Demigod"
"Back to Camp Half-Blood"
"Itís All in the Eye"
Theatrical Trailers

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