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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Columbus

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

  • Feb 14, 2010
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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 of Harry Potter under a new name.

I can safely say that I was surprised ith this movie. It's demographic is definitely aimed at a younger generation than myself but I stil enjoyed it. Most of the world is probably seeing The Wolfman tonight, so to avoid the crowds I went with the underdog release. From the trailers we know Percy is the son of Poseidon and someone stole Lightning.

That really is all you need to know before you going in. They cover how he's different and his family life sucks(which will remind some of the Dursleys from Harry Potter), his Dad left his mother and himsef,  when an event out of his control forces him to be aware of that the Greek myths are true. Any familiar with Greek mthology knows the gods came down and, ahem, mated with mortals and had children. The most famous of these children is probably Hercules, but this sets up Percy in finding out who his father really is.

Percy(Logan Lerman) gets in danger when the vengeful gods find out about the missing Bolt and think he has it. With Zeus without the most powerful weapon ever created Olympus can fall to new leadership if a powerful god gets their hands on Zeus' Bolt. In escaping his mother is taken to the Underworld by a Minotaur. Knowing he didn't steal it and is pinned as a scapegoat for a reason he can't figure out he decides he's going to go to the Underworld, tell Hades that he doesn't have the Bolt, and hopefully that will make himset his mother free. The adventure kicks off from here as Percy leaves with some new friends he met at a special camp for children born from gods. They are Grover(Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth(Alexandra Daddario).

The way the movie interweaves Greek mythology into a modern setting make it enjoyable as the adventure progresses. You'll notice quite an impressive cast attached to this movie as well. Sean Bean(Zeus), Pierce Brosnan(Mr. Brunner / Chiron), Uma Thurman(Medusa), and Rosario Dawson(Persephone) round out an extremely talented supporting cast. There are spoilers just in the cast list showing who Percy and his company run into along the way.

I thought this was a great adventure story, held hints of an underlying love story, and is very well written to put in the right gods and mythical creatures at just the right places. If there is a sequel to movie I will likely see it.
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March 13, 2010
Good review, I liked this movie, it worked for me and I liked the goofy premise. The outrageous characters especially Steve Coogan as Hades(Who oddly looked like Mick Jagger.) and Pierce Brosnan as Chiron. The film was fun, fanatical and unflinchingly cool. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is one of the best fantasy films to come out in a long time that I really enjoyed.
 
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review by . August 06, 2010
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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
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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.   …
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 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.
review by . March 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Chris Columbus takes the bold outlines of Greek Mythology and turns it on it's heels......
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 …
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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