My son and I just finished reading The Sea of Monsters and picked up the movie from the library. This movie contains a ton of action and tells a great story. Just don't expect it to be the same story Rick Riordan told. From the very first scene to the final battle there were noticeable differences between the book and movie that even my nine year old quickly picked up on.
The special effects were great!! Here is Percy fighting the bull:
Tyson with the hippocampus:
We also enjoyed the addition of Tyson's character - Percy's cyclops half-brother. He added some comedic relief which was not present in the first book or movie.
Here is Tyson with "the mist"
Without the mist:
The first two movies in this series were very successful at the box office, so I am surprised they haven't already moved ahead with production of the next film. I tried to find a release date, but the project appears to be on hold. With the success of both of the Percy Jackson book series I can't imagine why they wouldn't race to complete as many of the movies as they can before the actors are too old to play the characters.
It wouldn't have been the same if someone other than Daniel Radcliffe finished out the Harry Potter series and the same would be true in this case.
Regardless...Preston wants to pick up The Titans Curse the next time we are at the library.