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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters makes a great case for second chances. I haven't read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson novels, but the 2010 adaptation of the first book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was abysmal. There wasn't one good thing about the film, and it felt like the series would go the way of other stillborn fantasy franchises. But in the demigod's second adventure, director Thor Freudenthal find a place for the young hero by tapping into a solid PG adventure movie that takes the maturity of its cast and pairs it with fun action pieces, charming humor, and an enthusiasm that gives Percy Jackson a rare second chance at a first impression. The opening narration quickly explains that Greek gods sometimes have children with humans, and those children, "half-bloods", have special powers. Poseidon's son, Percy (Logan Lerman), lives with friends Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and satyr Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) at Camp Half-Blood along with other demigods. The camp is protected from monsters by a tree grown from a young half-blood who died protecting her friends, which included a young Annabeth. After skillfully speeding through this introduction, and establishing Percy's emotional distance from his absent father, we see that our hero's nemesis Luke (Jake Abel), has returned and poisoned the tree, which leaves the camp vulnerable. Percy, Annabeth, and Percy's cyclops half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), must then race Luke to the Golden Fleece, which can restore the barrier, but can also achieve Luke's goal, which is to resurrect ...
Three new posters and a nifty banner have been released for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, In Time) upcoming sci-fi film The Host. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and takes place in a future where a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie Stryder’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. Two trailers in, I’m still not entirely sure what the film is about, but I’m interested to see Niccol’s take on a teen sci-fi romance film even if these new posters look like perfume advertisements. Hit the jump to check out the new posters. The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Boyd Holbrook. The Host opens on March 29th. Here’s the official synopsis for The Host: THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed. Via Yahoo!. Click to enlarge.
The first trailer for the adaptation of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host has gone online. This is the very definition of a teaser trailer, but the lack of footage isn't exactly unexpected given that the movie's still filming and doesn't come out for over a year. I'm not sure what all this glowing eye stuff is about, but I'm sure those who have read the book can fill me in. In the world of the film, a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. I'm a big fan of writer-director Andrew Niccol's work and Ronan is a killer actress, so I'm quite intrigued by the project as a whole. I'm not exactly sure what the point of releasing a trailer this early was, but I'm sure we'll get a better look at the film later this year (in front of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, perhaps?). If you missed them, check out the first images from the film here. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Frances Fisher. The Host opens on March 29th, 2013. Click over to Yahoo! to watch in HD. Here’s a synopsis for The Host: THE HOST is a riveting story about the survival ...