Finally, a summer kid’s movie that delivers the goods! This is the second movie based on the popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series, and it towers over 2010’s The Lightning Thief. After Camp Half-Blood, a home for the half-breed children of Greek Gods and mere mortals, is invaded by a ferocious robotic bull, Jackson and his band of demigod buddies set out on a quest to find the Golden Fleece to save a magical tree that acts as the camp’s protective shield. Also along on the journey is Percy’s half-brother Tyson, a Cyclops. I do believe this is the first Cyclops in a major role since 1983’s Krull. On the quest they take a hellish taxi ride driven by the decrepit Graeae, fight a Manticore and ride a Hippocampus. Kids will love the manic energy and the excellent special effects, adults will groove on the not-so-subtle Indiana Jones vibe.
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Producer: Karen Rosenfelt, Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Mark Morgan, Guy Oseary and Greg Mooradian
Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Stanley Tucci, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Brown, Missi Pyle, Connor Dunn, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Christopher Redman, Robert Knepper, Richard Yearwood, Ron Perlman, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Octavia Spencer and Craig Robinson