Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief [DVD]
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Chris Columbus directs this fantasy adventure based on the bestselling children's books by Rick Riordan. When 12-year-old New Yorker Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) discovers he is the descendant of a Greek god, he sets out on a cross-country adventure to settle an ongoing feud between the 'Big Three' - Zeus (Sean Bean), Hades (Steve Coogan) and Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) - and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves. Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson and Pierce Brosnan co-star.
Mythology and the modern world collide in this epic quest for justice by Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), your basic below-average, misfit student whose family life is a mess and who's misunderstood by everyone except his best friend, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson). A voice warns that everything is about to change as Percy enters the New Roman and Greek Art Gallery on a school field trip, and, indeed, it does. Percy's substitute teacher morphs into a mythical beast and tries to attack him, and it's revealed that Percy is the son of Poseidon, and a true demigod. Percy also discovers that Grover is really a satyr--half-human, half-goat--and his sworn protector, and that one of his teachers is a centaur--half-horse, half-man--who's more committed to Percy's education than he could ever have imagined. On top of it all, Percy is the prime suspect in the recent theft of Zeus's lightning bolt and is being hunted by the gods. Following these shocking revelations, Percy is taken to a special training camp to learn to control and use his exceptional powers, and in the process, his mother is imprisoned by Hades. Against all advice, Percy, his protector Grover, and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), daughter of Athena, leave camp to rescue Percy's mother from the underworld. Their quest is extremely dangerous and puts them squarely in the path of Medusa (Uma Thurman), with her venomous hair and gaze that turns people to stone. The three also battle a five-headed, fire-breathing beast and visit a Las Vegas casino patrons never leave, and finally they find themselves deep in the underworld, at the mercy of the unpredictable Persephone, wife of Hades. Somehow, Percy must both convince the gods he did not steal Zeus's lightning and prevent a war of the gods that could potentially destroy the entire world. Based on the books by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is an exciting action film rich with ancient mythology, yet set squarely in the 21st century. Enriched by strong special effects and some potently disturbing images, it is a powerful story about family, trust, determination and love. --Tami Horiuchi
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The ideas and concepts introduced are quite interesting and original. I really appreciate the way and the manner in which Greek Mythology blends with the modern world. It provides a real educational and amazing experience. In the mythology arena, each god and goodness represents various themes. In the movie, the focus is directed to a few gods, as it would not be possible cover every gods and goddesses. The area of Greek mythology is quite complex and covers a broad spectrum. It is a fascinating area to learn about.
The plot is about a lad known as Percy Jackson. He suffers from dyslexia, low in confidence and has a few friends : protector Grover and beauty Annabeth. Percy might not be academically bright, but is blessed with a gift and shows real guts and courage to prove a point to everyone. No one is perfect in the world. It is the key message movie conveyed to me, but you have to make the best out of life opportunities. Percy is about to embark on a mission with the aid of two friends. The journey reveals shocking truths dating million years ago, as Percy is about to find out. His real father is Poseidon, a god of sea, who abandoned Percy at a young age. Can Percy be forgiving? Percy is on a verge of a dangerous mission to discover who stole Zeus's lighting rod and return it righteously to the owner, otherwise a war will break out between the gods and the present world would meltdown. He remains the prime suspect and must clear his name.Read more ›
how much I enjoyed it.
But, the film i have to say was a let down. There were lots of things in it that went against what the book said. Even the storyline was a bit frayed. I thought the movie was a good family movie... if you haven't read the book. I found myself correcting the movie in my head when i was watching it, criticising it and thinking, 'that isn;t right? It should be like this!?'
So, get it if you haven't read the book. But if you have read the book a_n_d_ your critical, then don't bother.
I've read the books which I recommend highly so I was anxious to see the movie and I really hope that all 5 books are turned into movies!!!
Unfortunately I can't say that the movie reflects the book brilliantly here is a list of the problems:
Annabeth doesn't have blonde hair or grey eyes
Percy starts at camp as Poseidons child he is in fact meant to find out that Poseidon is his dad when capture the flag is played.
Neither Clarisse, Ares, Silena, Beckendorf or Dionysus are mentioned at all
There is not an oracle included
The ending is so different from the original
They don't include burning an American monument or blowing up a bus
And just to add Clarisse must be mentioned she plays a big role in the second book
this is why my review is called Hmmmmm..... I really can't make up my mind but it really is a great family movie and I'm going to buy the DVD! and all the others if they create movies out of them!
I have been reading the Percy Jackson series for some time so when I decided to try the film I was quite excited. I was to be disappointed.
Bad Points: I'm guessing that this list is going to be longer than the good points list (most bad points are just things that I thought were needlessly changed from the original book).
So first is the age of the actors, Chris Columbus was the director of the first in the Harry Potter series, the Philosophers/Sorcerer's stone. I like this film and despite many critics saying that he did not make enough changes from the books it was generally well scored. The actors in Harry Potter were perfect; they grew up as the films grew up. Why is this anything to do with Percy Jackson? In the books Percy is 12, the actor, Logan Lerman, is 17 (at the time of filming). Big problems already, Chris Columbus obviously thought...something. It was probably to do with acting ability. If the Percy Jackson & the Olympians were to become popular enough to have lots of films in the series then there would be huge problems. The actors would get too old and they would need to find new ones. Percy isn't even the worst! Grover (12-13 in the book) is 25 in the film!
Next is the school, Yancy Academy, the first school in the series that Percy goes to. I was pleased that the author of the book, Rick Riordon, didn't go with the classic look of making American Schools look horrible, sure, he puts in the occasional Bully but not all that over the top stuff that lots of people add into books or films. Watching the film however is different. You are immediately greeted as Percy and Grover walk into the school by two boys attacking each other.Read more ›
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A lot better than the sequel.
Some great gods & mythical creatures.
A really enjoyable family movie.!
About 30 + minutes of bonus features. Read more
I have read the books and I prefer the books but this film was still really enjoyable. Uma Thurman as Medusa was brilliant and there were quite a few funny moments mostly from... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roseanne