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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Columbus

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Chris Columbus takes the bold outlines of Greek Mythology and turns it on it's heels......

  • Mar 11, 2010
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For teenagers they all think that life is going to be simple and easy, some of them find out the hard way that is not so while others lazily go by doing what they do everyday. For High Schooler Percy Jackson this is   so, Percy thinks his only purpose in life is to just survive High School, barely, while dealing with his slob of a step-father. Battling his troubles with dyslexia, ADHD and all the while trying to make his mother proud of him. For a teenager this is no easy feat especially when you’re trying your hardest but   while on a school trip to The Museum of Metropolitan art he discovers   that he is destined for something more than a normal hum drum human existence, he is destined to become something more than he could have ever imagined.

 

 

Chris Columbus' "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” is not a teeny bopper exploitation flick like Catherine Hardwicke's "Twilight” or Chris Weitz's "New Moon". "The Lightning Thief" is  a fairly well scripted, well acted and well thought  out fantasy adventure film, it's kind of like "Lord of the Rings" for teenagers it doesn't  go over your head  and it doesn't leave you cringing  while watching, making you wish you had gone to see something else instead.  It's an interesting film as  it takes liberties with  Greek Mythology  turning  on it's heel everything we know about and creating a whole new and enthralling world for fantasy lovers, film lovers and history lovers alike to enjoy. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"   may not be exactly like the novel it is based upon, it's  not fantastic or phenomenal but it is very, very, very enjoyable  and is one of the best  fantasy films of  the new year.  "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” will deliver the   action, humor and mysticism you are looking for.

 

 

 

Logan Lerman I have always had faith he would become a great actor and I still do, while this film is not one of his better performances it is one of his good ones. It shows that Lerman is skilled in both being a regular teen and still maintaining the appearance and skill of a seasoned actor.  Lerman doesn't try to be the next Al Pacino or the next Robert DeNiro   he tries his best and succeeds at just being a true rising star amongst other unworthy competitors. Brandon T.  Jackson  is fantastic as the  satyr Grover Underwood; he's funny, witty  and just gives an all around great performance as Logan Lerman's number 2 man, Jackson is natural and doesn't try to be serious as he doesn't need to be, he playing a mythical creature mind you  being serious is not needed for the part. And he's playing a satyr no less they have a reputation for being a little more impetuous than serious and Jackson plays the part well. Alexandra Daddario is neither great nor good she is in between, sometimes she is very serious and also very convincing as the tough girl amongst the guys and for that I commend her for being believable. But There were also times I just didn't think she was the right choice for this picture, but then again she is better than most of the other 20 something actresses out there. Daddario is not the best of the best but she has potential to be great and for this I tip my hat to her. The  rest of the cast including  Catherine Keener, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean,  Steve Coogan, Melina Kanakaredes, Joe Pantoliano, Rosario Dawson, Kevin McKidd and Uma Thurman  all turn  in stellar  supporting performances  in one of the best fantasy films  of the new decade.

 

 

 

 

"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"   is not the greatest of it's genre but it certainly is better than most of its kind that have come out in the last few years. "The Lightning Thief"  won't let you down  it gives you what you want an outrageously cool and hip thrill ride with a little bit of a history lesson tossed up in there for good measure, it doesn't patronize you like most fantasy/adventure films, it doesn't make you feel like a three year old while your watching it. It meets you at it's own level  weather you be an adult, a tween, a teenager whichever it  looks you in the eye and tells you  not to expect anything great but to expect something enjoyable and worthy of calling good  old fashioned entertainment  "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is just that and maybe  a little more.

Chris Columbus takes the bold outlines of Greek Mythology and turns it on it's heels......

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March 13, 2010
a friend of mine liked this movie and too bad I passed on it to see the abysmal THE WOLFMAN. nice review.
 
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review by . August 06, 2010
A Decent Kid-Friendly Action Film That Has More Ambition Than Solid Execution...
After the mega-success of the “Harry Potter” adaptations, Hollywood is in the hunt to find the next family-friendly fantasy franchise that can generate huge profits. They gave it a shot with an adaptation of the “Vampire Assistant” and now, director Chris Columbus makes a shot at box-office success with an adaptation of the books by author Rick Riordan with “Percy Jackson and Olympians: The Lightning Thief”. The film is a kid-friendly fantasy series that uses …
review by . August 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
My first impression on seeing Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is that it's basically a Harry Potter ripoff. Almost literally, except for the fact that it draws from Greek mythology rather than Medieval legends. Otherwise, it's the same movie, with two guys and a girl on a quest; the main hero never really knows his father; there's a school/camp for young magicians/demi-gods; and the first quest in this movie even involves searching for something (lightning) that …
review by . February 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief may be the worst movie title ever, but it is far from being the worst movie ever.  There is something quite fun about the film in and of itself.  It will require a LOT of suspension of disbelief to enjoy, but once you settle in for the ride it becomes a movie that's fun in spite of some of it's more daunting moments that actually come out from me just having to nitpick and ask questions.        The Lightning …
review by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The first film based on the successful series of books makes the character of Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), parentage true that a normal high school is much stranger than anything he could wait. His best friend Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) claims to be a student with physical disabilities in the school of Percy, but the fact of hiding their true nature. It's really a satyr: half man, half goat. He was responsible for the custody of the gods of Olympus Percy, which should never find its location.   …
review by . February 14, 2010
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief sounds a lot like Harry Potter in it's title. I think everyone will go in expecting something akin to Harry Potter Lite if they choose to see this at all. The title immediately suggests Greek gods and goddesses and the traier hints at lot at what you're going into to see. We've been trained for many years on the Potter franchise though, and unless you've read the books this movie is based on, I expect most will  go in expecting some version …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Got a chance to watch this movie this past weekend and found it to be a good movie. Children could watch this and be enchanted by the Greek Mythological creatures, learn a bit about Greek Mythology and a couple of "bad words". If you don't mind the word a$$, then they can watch it as that's about as bad as it gets. The movie was nice, flowed decent, but we could tell who was the Lightning Thief right away. Decent if you want something different to watch!
review by . August 23, 2010
My first impression on seeing Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is that it's basically a Harry Potter ripoff. Almost literally, except for the fact that it draws from Greek mythology rather than Medieval legends. Otherwise, it's the same movie, with two guys and a girl on a quest; the main hero never really knows his father; there's a school/camp for young magicians/demi-gods; and the first quest in this movie even involves searching for something (lightning) that ends up in a suspiciously …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Good movie good special effects, enjoyable story line good cast.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A good adaption from the book. I suggest disassociating it from the book and watching it solely as a movie.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
not even close to the book in any way, but an entertaining film.
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Mythology and the modern world collide in this epic quest for justice by Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), your basic below-average, misfit student whose family life is a mess and who's misunderstood by everyone except his best friend, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson). A voice warns that everything is about to change as Percy enters the New Roman and Greek Art Gallery on a school field trip, and, indeed, it does. Percy's substitute teacher morphs into a mythical beast and tries to attack him, and it's revealed that Percy is the son of Poseidon, and a true demigod. Percy also discovers that Grover is really a satyr--half-human, half-goat--and his sworn protector, and that one of his teachers is a centaur--half-horse, half-man--who's more committed to Percy's education than he could ever have imagined. On top of it all, Percy is the prime suspect in the recent theft of Zeus's lightning bolt and is being hunted by the gods. Following these shocking revelations, Percy is taken to a special training camp to learn to control and use his exceptional powers, and in the process, his mother is imprisoned by Hades. Against all advice, Percy, his protector Grover, and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), daughter of Athena, leave camp to rescue Percy's mother from the underworld. Their quest is extremely dangerous and puts them squarely in the path of Medusa (Uma Thurman), with her venomous hair and gaze that turns people to stone. The three also battle a five-headed, ...
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Director: Chris Columbus
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: February 12, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Craig Titley, Joe Stillman
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
Runtime: 120 minutes
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