Rated PG · 119 minutes · 2010

Adventure, Fantasy
Percy is a teenager (Logan Lerman) who thinks he has dyslexia, but it turns out he’s the son of Poseidon, ’cause his mom got it on with the god while he was partying down on Earth. When Zeus’ lightning bolt disappears, and Percy is the suspected thief, he must fly into action, but must first attend a training camp for demigods. If the setup sounds a little like the Harry Potter saga, it is, but it the results aren’t nearly as enchanting. This is directed by Chris Columbus, the man who got the Potter series off to a poor start. Columbus gets a good cast that includes Uma Thurman, Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson—and he manages to make them all look bad. The elements just don’t fit together, and much of the action comes off as bland. It’s unfortunate, because the premise seems fun and might have worked in the hands of a director with a little more depth.
Official Site: www.percyjacksonthemovie.com
Director: Chris Columbus
Producer: Karen Rosenfelt, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, Greg Mooradian, Guy Oseary, Mark Morgan and Thomas M. Hammel
Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Melina Kanakaredes, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Uma Thurman and Julian Richings


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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief; Valentine's Day; The Wolfman and more. 02/11/2010
Charleston City Paper The gods and goddesses of Greek myth get Potterized If the Harry Potter books taught kids about the British class system and the arcane rules of a game called quidditch, then Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is already a cut above for schooling its young audience on Greek mythology and its fiery, contentious gods and goddesses. That's the part of novelist Rick Riordan's best-selling chapter book The Lightning Thief that thrills parents who want their children to learn more Hades, Athena, Zeus, and Mt. Olympus. by Felicia Feaster 02/10/2010
The Coast Halifax Percy Jackson rides the bolt Director Chris Columbus skillfully makes a smooth young-adult adventure. by Hillary Titley 02/18/2010

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