When strange things start happening Percy discovers he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon and is mistaken for the thief who stole a lightning bolt from Zeus. Setting out to save his name, and protect his mother, Percy may finally get to meet the father he has never known but the quest will take him past everything he never believed existed.
Logan Lerman (Percy), Brandon Jackson (Grover), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Jake Abel (Luke), Sean Bean (Zeus), Pierce Brosnan (Mr. Brunner/Chiron), Steve Coogan (Hades), Rosario Dawson (Persephone), Melina Kanakaredes (Athena), Catherine Keener (Sally), Kevin McKidd (Poseidon), Uma Thurman (Medusa).
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief starts off nicely with some good background on Greek mythology by explaining some of the gods and defining demigods. From there the film rolls into an action packed adventure with Percy running up against the more popular myths such as Medusa and Furies. At that point the story diverts from being an updated interesting lesson on mythology to a teen focused drama adventure loaded with CGI substituting for sugar. The depth that might have interested adults in the beginning is lost by the end of the film.
Acting was actually interesting with Lerman, Jackson, and Daddario appearing to have good chemistry. Abel felt entirely out of place and did a poor job of concealing his characters ending. Bean, Brosnan, and Dawson all added nice depth to the film and Thurman made an excellent Medusa.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all pretty good with quality components and action. CGI was excessive in this one but at the same time fairly well done. The lightning bolt was so well done you will want one after watching the movie. Dialogue was good but a bit elementary and after all, this one is focused on a younger audience. Sound was good and the soundtrack was very nice with good variety.
Overall Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is an enjoyable film despite lacking the depth hinted at during the first 20 minutes of the film. Younger viewers, or those who have read the book, will likely enjoy this the most.
With plenty of action violence, mildly scary images, suggestive and mild language, this should be fine for preens and above.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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