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Friday, February 19, 2010

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Review)

Before starting this review I have to say I haven't read the book series so I was walking in with very little knowledge and expectations.

The movie starts with Percy Jackson a 12 year boy who believes he has ADHD and Dyslexia. His mother lives with the guy in the first matrix who kills everyone and is a creep in this movie too. He has a paralyzed friend who he and his friend go to the museum for a class field trip and finds out his substitute teacher is a hydra trying to kill him. His friend helps defend him and to find out he is actually not paralyzed but is a saytr. He takes him to a camp made up of Demi Gods and we find that he is the son of Poseidon. The gods believe that he has stolen Zeus lightening bolt and Hades wants the bolt to over through Zeus and Poseidon. Therefore Percy goes on a quest to hell to tell Hades that he doesn't have the bolt by facing Medusa and other challenges and learns that Hermes son is the one who stoled the bolt and wanted to blame Percy so there would be a war.

The movie was directed by Christopher Columbus who did Home Alone 1 &2 as well as the first 2 Harry Potter Movies. The forrest scenes reminded me of the same forrest from Potter and the kid looked like he was trying to have the Zach Efron look from High School Musical and has a product placement for iPod Touch which was interesting. Otherwise the movie was good but there was some long parts however in the end the hero saves the day.

I would recommend the movie if you want a cool Harry Potterish movie and if you have kids. I wanted to see a good story movie and this has it however the CG work is not 100 perfect but it is about gods and greek mythology.


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