Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (2010, Greek Mythology Fantasy Adventure) – 5/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Chris Columbus
Logan Lerman: Percy Jackson
Brandon T. 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 Jackson
Kevin McKidd: Poseidon
Joe Pantoliano: Gabe Ugliano
Uma Thurman: Medusa
Producer: Karen Rosenfelt
Producer: Chris Columbus
Producer: Michael Barnathan
Producer: Mark A. Radcliffe
Writer (Original Novel): Rick Riordan
Writer (Screenplay): Craig Titley
Second Unit Director: Peter MacDonald

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (2010)

Percy Jackson thinks he’s an ordinary college kid but when Zeus’s master lightning bolt is nicked (yes, that Zeus), he learns the truth about himself: that he is a demi-god, the son of Poseidon. Oh, and Zeus thinks he’s the lightning thief. And Zeus wants it back.

5/10

Underwhelming fantasy adventure with a bland lead which totally wastes the monsters and potential for imaginative battle tactics (Jackson’s travelling companion is the daughter of the goddess of wisdom) behind off-the-shelf dialogue and flat direction. Additionally, the age of the performers seems wrong. They don’t look old enough to be having sex and driving and the story feels like they should be definitely children; not the weird sexually-confusing 25-year-old teenagers we get lumped with. Of the cast, Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson score and Brandon T. Jackson does well despite playing The Black Guy (written by a white guy)®. Oddly, the strongest sequence is one without a monster: the Lotus Casino. Why? It is intriguing (we immediately sense there’s something a bit off), features an adversary not seen much in this genre and has strong audience recognition because of the materialistic nature of our society. Probably the most interesting thing is that the film ends with Percy Jackson killing his stepfather. It’s supposed to be funny…

This movie contains adult dialogue and fictional substance abuse and graphic sword violence, fantasy violence and scary and unpleasant fantasy scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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