Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

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Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

Chris Columbus (2010)

113min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

A teenager is shocked to discover he is the son of Greek god Poseidon and has been accused of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt. The youngster is given 14 days to find the culprit and return the missing item before the furious deity instigates an apocalyptic war. Fantasy adventure, starring Logan Lerman, Pierce Brosnan, Brandon T Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean and Steve Coogan. Edited for violence.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Chris Columbus
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Edited for violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 12 Feb 2010

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