Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

  • PG
  • Chris Columbus (2010)
  • Can / US
  • 113 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A teenage boy learns he's the son of the Greek god Poseidon, has powers he never knew about and must embark on a quest to stop war breaking out on Mount Olympus in this fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of Rick Riordan's popular novels. Having tackled the first two Harry Potter instalments, director Chris Columbus again sets a franchise in motion, but this time it's hardly an unqualified recommendation for a family treat. The idea of the Greek gods co-existing with the modern world is delightful, of course, but the film gets bogged down in explaining all the legends. Still, with superior effects work bringing the many headed Hydra and Uma Thurman's snake-haired Medusa to vivid life, there's enough thrilling spectacle to keep the clunky storytelling moving along. An entertaining grown-up cast (Kevin McKidd's brooding Poseidon, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron the centaur and Steve Coogan's lord of the underworld) also helps offset Logan Lerman's synthetic performance as the troubled adolescent. Yes, it's evidently Potter-ish, but unashamedly aimed at younger viewers - which makes the emphasis on the junior hero's fighting skills and a clearly misguided Las Vegas casino sequence all the more dismaying.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Logan Lerman, Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean. A school trip to a museum takes an unexpected turn for teenager Percy Jackson when he is revealed to be the son of Greek god Poseidon. He is immediately plunged into a quest to retrieve a lightning bolt belonging to Zeus and prevent a divine war.

Cast and crew

Cast

Percy Jackson
Logan Lerman
Grover
Brandon T Jackson
Annabeth
Alexandra Daddario
Zeus
Sean Bean
Chiron / Mr Brunner
Pierce Brosnan
Hades, God of the Underworld
Steve Coogan
Persephone
Rosario Dawson
Sally Jackson
Catherine Keener
Poseidon
Kevin McKidd
Gabe Ugliano
Joe Pantoliano
Medusa
Uma Thurman
Luke
Jake Abel
Athena
Melina Kanakaredes
Aphrodite
Serinda Swan
Hera
Erica Cerra
Dionysus
Luke Camilleri
Demeter
Stefanie von Pfetten
Hermes
Dylan Neal
Apollo
Dimitri Lekkos
Artemis
Ona Grauer
Hephaestus
Conrad Coates

Crew

Director
Chris Columbus

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Edited for violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Feb 2010
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Drama

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