Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG) **

(Back to camera) Garrett Hedlund as Jamie McAllan. (Front of cart) Mary J. Blige as Florence Jackson (also inset)  and Rob Morgan as Hap Jackson.

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Demi-gods embark on a perilous quest to locate the mythical Golden Fleece in the action-packed sequel to the 2010 fantasy adventure.

Thor Freudenthal may have replaced Chris Columbus in the director’s chair but this second chapter in the series, based on the book by Rick Riordan, doesn’t stray too far from the template of the original, re-imagining Greek mythology through the eyes of gung-ho teenage protagonists.

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters. Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth.  Picture: PA Photo/Fox UK

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters. Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth. Picture: PA Photo/Fox UK

Percy Jackson must journey across the treacherous sea of monsters with best friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), daughter of Athena, sassy satyr Grover (Brandon T Jackson) and his clumsy cyclops half-brother, Tyson (Douglas Smith) to find the fleece which is the only hope they have to protect their home from the forces of evil.

All of the original cast return and effortlessly slip back into their roles.

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters will appeal to young adults, striking a pleasing balance between action and comedy, with hints of a burgeoning romance.

Action sequences are competently executed and director Freudenthal gives the special effects team full reign in the final showdown, that clearly nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark.