Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

2010 | Chris Columbus

A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

Average rating   5 out of 10

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Niels Risgaard Hansen     2010-05-25 5 out of 10

Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, but is unaware of this until one day where someone has stolen Zeus' lightning. He lives in the 21th century, but as he is taken to camp-Half Blood, he is trained in fighting with sword and shield in classic Greek style to defend himself in "the battle".
The idea for the plot is brilliant and has an enormous potential for a fantastic movie. Do not get your hopes up too soon though! It is far from fulfilled and does not deliver.
You might wonder, how it could be possible to mess up a movie, that includes Greek gods, demigods, mythic monsters and internal battles. If you spice it up with too large a dose of teenage lameness and remove almost any connection to the gods and background history of the monsters, you are halfway there.
Anything worth interest for someone beyond the teenage years has been removed from the plot and replaced with simplicity and lameness. Sigh! (Please note teenage irony in my sigh)

The movie features a wide range of famous actors in supporting roles. Unfortunately they a neglected in favor for the young teenagers playing the main parts. This is understandable, but still a bit of a shame, in my opinion.
These young kids are acceptable actors, but their roles are not that demanding - in a way they are just playing themselves.

Most of the effects in the movie are fairly good done. I am not utterly impressed, but considering the rest of the movie, I think it pushes my rating up a single notch. The animation of centaurs and satyrs are particularly poor done, but on the other hand Hades is quite cool.

In general a movie below average for me. I were told not to expect much of it, but I think it delivered even less. I would recommend it for a younger audience.

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