Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

2010-02-19 14:35
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

What it's about:

It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology texts and into his life, and they’re not happy: Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.

Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy’s mother. As Percy finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy’s mom, and unravel a mystery even more powerful than the gods.

What the critics thought:

"Kids will love it, and adults may relish Pierce Brosnan’s Centaur, and Steve Coogan as Hades — in his personal hell just under Hollywood."
- Kate Muir, Times [UK]

"I thought it was mischievous and witty and amusing and I was just sort of drawn into it."
- A.O. Scott, At the Movies

"Maybe if you're aged between eight and 12, or exceptionally dim-witted, you may not notice that this is a tenth-rate rip-off of Harry Potter, with Greek mythology taking the place of magic."
- Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail

"If they'd played it for laughs it might just have worked, but in fact its earnest tone and digimation effects stick pretty close to the Potter model. We could be in for a very long haul."
- Anthony Quinn, Independent

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.

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