"Bigger story, bigger monsters, bigger effects."
That's the promise Logan Lerman made to us about "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," the follow-up to 2010's YA riff on Greek mythology. One look at the trailer we debuted last spring made clear Logan wasn't messing around.
A brand-new exclusive clip, however, shows off the quieter side of "Sea of Monsters" though it's a side with stakes just as big. In the fresh footage, Camp Half-Blood the training area where Lerman's Percy and his friends are holed up after the events of the first film is under attack, and the demigod Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario) and her half-human, half-goat satyr pal Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) have a plan to keep everyone safe. But the camp's head honcho, Dionysus, (a scene-stealing Stanley Tucci) isn't so keen on the idea.
"If you could just listen to me for one moment," Annabeth says.
"I am listening you want to go on a quest," Dionysus replies. "Oh, it must be Thursday."
The quest she wants to go on is the one that propels "Sea of Monsters" forward and the one that brings Percy and his friends face-to-face with those enormous monsters: they need to find the mythical Golden Fleece, which can heal anything, including the barrier that protects Half-Blood from attack.
Sipping his wine (as gods of wine are wont to do), Dionysus explains why this is not a smart plan namely because of the prospect of near-certain death as one enters the Sea of Monsters, known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle.
"[I]t's a risk I'm willing to take for the good of the camp," Grover says.
Dionysus responds, "It's a terrible idea."
Perhaps. But that doesn't mean they won't give it a try.
"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" hits theaters on August 7.
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