Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PG)

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Tue Feb 9 2010

Following a disastrous incursion into bubblegum high-school romance territory (‘I Love You, Beth Cooper’), Chris Columbus, director of the first two ‘Harry Potters’, returns to his comfort zone for this episodic and mirthless fantasy saga based on the first of a series of fantasy books by US writer Rick Riordan.

Mulching together the angsty teen intrigue of ‘Harry Potter’ and the frigid-and-proud flagwaving of ‘Twilight’, the film sees Zac Efron lookalike Logan Lerman (‘Gamer’) playing an underachiever who turns out to be a sword-swinging demigod when he discovers his birth was the result of the god Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) having a quick fling with dowdy New York housewife Catherine Keener. When his mother is kidnapped by Hades (Steve Coogan in full ‘Saxondale’ mode) as a bargaining chip for Zeus’s lost lightning bolt, Percy is charged with finding a number of trinkets dotted across North America in order to avert a crisis on Mount Olympus (located just above the New York cloud cover, who knew?) and save mom from eternal damnation.

That Percy risks life and limb to preserve the family unit is typical Columbus, and the film works best when playing on the idea that no amount of bravado is enough to mask our desire for parental love. Yet it’s not enough to compensate for the computer-game-style plotting, which is largely based on us picking up narrative nuggets that mechanically slot into place later on. Problematic, too, is the product placement: witness the scene in which Percy battles Medusa (Uma Thurman) and avoids her deathly gaze by craftily using the shiny back of his iPod as a mirror.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Feb 12, 2010

Duration:

119 mins

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Jack Swift

The movie was, when compared to the book, unaccurate in a few aspects. The camp was much more dark and did not have the organized camp feeling and for the record, Annabeth Chase had blond hair. Along with that a few scenes where missing, I thought they where pretty important, and a few other less important things, that was it. The monsters where very well done, expecially in the muesum place where they had obtained the jem from the Athena statue. I can't wait to see the Sea if monsters in a movie!

Christian

The movie was O.K, IF you didn't read the books. the movie took away a lot of good parts and added a lot of bull*&%#

janie

I thought the film was AMAZING!! Logan Lerman is SOOOOOO CUTE!!!!! :-) But I do think that they missed a lot of exciting bits from the book, I mean I would have loved to see the ares fight and the toilet scene. I would have loved to see who would have played Clarisse, Ares(god of war) Mr D(Dionysus-god of wine) I also would love to see the tunnel of love scene with the cupid cams and the awkweirdness between Percy and Annabeth(that would av been entertaining. Anyway brilliant film, perfectly timed yet I do think they should have added ares and Dionysus, I would loved to see who played them. Anyway I do think that this film has the makings of being the next Harry Potter, can't wait to see the sequel! Percy battles giant cannibals! and has a friend whos a cyclopes(well a half brother) anyway can't wait!

sam

good film, good story line, great actors overall good film for all the family

Annabeth

I love these books. The movie was aswome but they changed it alot from the Book

Annabeth

I love these books. The movie was aswome but they changed it alot from the Book

jordan_b123

i thought the film was amazing. although im surprised its a pg. i am still wandering what the toilet scene is

jordan_b123

i thought the film was amazing. although im surprised its a pg. i am still wandering what the toilet scene is

Caitlin M

Logan Lerman is sooo fit! I love him! I think the film is ace and even though they missed out some bits it would've made it too long, I have read the books and love them. I especially love the scene in vegas its soo cool. Grover shaking some booty, and Logan. SO FIT!!!and he has no boyfriend. Luv u

Caitlin M

Logan Lerman is sooo fit! I love him! I think the film is ace and even though they missed out some bits it would've made it too long, I have read the books and love them. I especially love the scene in vegas its soo cool. Grover shaking some booty, and Logan. SO FIT!!!and he has no boyfriend. Luv u

HAS

I'm reading the books and iI'm on the 4th book.I thought the movie was great but you can't compare it to the book.No Clarisse.No Toilet.Left out too much but still an awesome movie

HAS

I'm reading the books and iI'm on the 4th book.I thought the movie was great but you can't compare it to the book.No Clarisse.No Toilet.Left out too much but still an awesome movie

loretta

i waqtched the film not so long ago and i havent read the books but i thought the film was good. in some of the other comments i have noticted that some people have mentioned about how much they have left out of the books bu8t this may be because they might make a couple more.

loretta

i waqtched the film not so long ago and i havent read the books but i thought the film was good. in some of the other comments i have noticted that some people have mentioned about how much they have left out of the books bu8t this may be because they might make a couple more.

Claire

I am a fan of the books and the film does remove some unnessisary aspects of the book. The idea of Percy Jackson has been altered in obvious ways for the readers of the books to make the film better in some ways than the book. It's not been turned into some pointless romance like Twlight was.

Claire

I am a fan of the books and the film does remove some unnessisary aspects of the book. The idea of Percy Jackson has been altered in obvious ways for the readers of the books to make the film better in some ways than the book. It's not been turned into some pointless romance like Twlight was.

Ben

RUBBISH! Don't get me wrong, I'm a Percy Jackson fan and have read all the books but the reason I hate the film is because it has missed around 50 items from the book. Some of these include not including ares or Classire, Kronos isn't mentioned, no big ares fight, helm of darkness not mentioned, doesn't fight ares cabin, no Mr. D! no tunnel of love sequence, no arch fight, doesn't explain reason why everyone thinks he's the lightning thief, no oracle, no world war 2 big three explenation and no toilet scene. I hope that this is changed in the second film (Released in 2012)

Evie

The idea of this film is fun, the special effects are pretty good and the film was the right length. I would probably go see the next one in the series