Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel

20th Century Fox | June 29, 2010 | DVD

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is rated 3 out of 5 by 2.

Video Release: June 29, 2010

Runtime: 120

Studio: 20th Century Fox

UPC: 024543668831

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Review (Movie) Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Review (Movie) Official Website: Fan-Made Website: Percy Jackson had a massive fan-base from the beginning of its journey to the big screen. Based on the young adult series by Rick Riordan the production had a lot to live up to. We follow Perseus (Percy) Jackson the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea, on an epic journey to save his mother from the Underworld where she is being held captive by Hades. And, find Zeus's master lightning bolt which he has been accused of stealing to clear his name. But, he is not alone on his quest. He has the help of his two best friends (his only friends who are not trying to kill him) where they help him uncover the mystery behind the ordeal. Annabeth, the demi-god daughter of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and Grover the satyr, are the two companions Percy had chosen. The team of three have to face twists and turns and the wraths of angry gods, but Percy could not have chosen a better team to support him all the way through. To say that the book and the movie are completely different is just scratching the surface. Each introduces us to a whole different world of magic and adventure that can arise the senses. I would have say, like most scenarios, the book has the better view on the story line than the movie. But, I wouldn't be ready to put it into the junk pile yet. The movie offers a variety of items that the book does not include. I absolutely loved the sharp snaps of humour that was thrown in, it kept me entertained and laughing until the very end. I especially had to comment on the choice of actors that was cast. They gave a whole new light to the characters and connect in a way that really made the movie click and enjoyable. How the scenes and detailed features really made the movie to life. It was like everything had leaped off the pages of the book and into reality. Like most novel-to-movie adaptations, a lot of parts were cut and rewritten to fit the 100 minute time constriction. Many of the page turning events were missing and left me somewhat disappointed. I know that it had to be done, but the lack of action was heart crushing. (metaphorically speaking) The one thing that really got me confused is the age of the characters that the actors are suppose to be portraying. Rick Riordan written Percy, Annabeth, and Grover to be about preteen to almost teen age category. The movie had casted the characters at around seventeen-nineteen. Although this does not have a major impact on the story line, I have yet to wonder what will happen to the forthcoming movies. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief gives a new look on Greek mythology that will tantalize everyone's taste buds. The next movie in the series, The Sea of Monsters, will come out in mid 2013 and I'm definitely looking forward to it!
Date published: 2011-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm... I love the books. When I saw that a movie was going to be made, I freaked out. I saw it and then... I got confused whether I liked it or not. The actors were great. Logan Lerman is an extremely charismatic person and I thought he was awesome. Seeing Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan was really... interesting in a good way. Haha. The story was loosely based. Not too loose but a lot of things were dropped. That's to be expected but some scenes were very disappointing. For example, in the scene with Hades, I expected more. And the ending I felt was rushed. I wouldn't have minded if they made the movie longer to fit more or change things. Like the HP movies (sorry to compare) they're at least 2h+ long. A movie can't be too long, I know, but 30 mins. doesn't seem like a lot of time to add yet it would've allowed for a lot more content. All in all, I enjoyed seeing the book as a visual. I practically jumped out of my seat when they announced the sequel was going to be made into a movie too so I hope they can improve. :)
Date published: 2011-06-20

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Logan Lerman, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean

Video Release: June 29, 2010

Runtime: 120

Studio: 20th Century Fox

UPC: 024543668831

Edition Description
  • Color
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
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