Percy JacksonThe first film in a series of adventure and fantasy books authored by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief tells the story of  Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman, Gamer), a twelve year old boy diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) who finds out that he is the son of the Greek god of the seas, Poseidon.  After being attacked in a museum, he is sent to Camp Half-Blood, a camp for children with a Greek god as a parent.  Percy is accused of stealing Zeus’ thunderbolt.  He is given ten days to return the thunderbolt to Mount Olympus in order to stop a war between the gods from starting, and save his mother, who has been held hostage in the Underworld.

Vic’s Review:

I personally love films that deal with mythology and enjoy seeing different takes on it.  In this case, being that this is based off of a young adult’s book, there was the obvious feeling that this was a kid’s movie.

If you have a child that has read these books, I’m sure you’ve already seen this movie or they’ve bugged you enough times to go see the movie.  For those with children over 10 years old, this is a fairly solid recommendation.  If they are at all into mythology like I was at that age, they’ll eat this up easily.  For adults, I believe you’ll find this mildly enjoyable and have a fun time spotting all the actors as this movie lists a veritable who’s who throughout the film, including: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Joe Pantoliano,  Kevin McKidd and Steve Coogan as a rockstar Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

For the more serious film-goer though, this movie lacks depth.  Even though the movie was 2 hours long, the movie seemed to go by very quickly and it was obvious that they were trying to cram in as much as they could within that time frame.

If this film reminds you of Harry Potter, it should; it was helmed by Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets’ producer and director, Chris Columbus. Much like those films, we are possibly seeing the beginning of a grand franchise, but unlike those movies, it was missing the sense of wonder.  I left wanting more, which, for the producers, may be a really good thing.  And if it does well in the box office, we might get a continuation of the series.

My Rating: 6.5 out of 10