Thursday, 19 September 2013

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief Review

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief

Release Date: 11th February 2010 - Australia

Production Companies
Fox 2000 Pictures (presents)
1492 Pictures
Big Screen Productions (in association with)
Imprint Entertainment
Phoenix Film Partners (in association with)
Sunswept Productions
Dune Entertainment

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $95,000,000

Box Office Gross: $226,497,209

Plot Summary
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 into his life.
And they're not happy:
Zeus' lighting bolt has been
stolen, and Percy is the
prime subject. Even more
troubling is the disappearance
of Percy's mother. As
Percy adapts to his newly
discovered status as a demi-
god, he finds himself caught
between the battling titans
of Mt. Olympus. He and his
friends embark on a cross-
country adventure to catch
the true lighting thief, save
Percy's mom, and unravel
a mystery more powerful
than the gods himself.

Logan Lerman - Percy Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson - Grover
Alexandra Daddario - Annabeth
Jake Abel - Luke Castellan
Sean Bean - Zeus
Kevin McKidd - Poesidon
Uma Thurman - Medusa
Steve Coogan - Hades
Rosario Dawson - Persephone
Pierce Brosnan - Chiron
Catherine Keener - Sally Jackson
Joe Pantoliano - Gabe Ugliano

Producer/Director - Chris Columbus
Based on Novel - Rick Riordan
Screenplay - Craig Titley
Producers - Michael Barnathan,
Mark Radcliffe and Karen
Production Designer - Howard
Costume Designer - Renee April
Director of Photography -
Stephen Goldblatt
Visual Effects Supervisors -
John Heller, Kevin Scott
Mack, John F.K. Parenteau
and Kelly Port
Film Editor - Peter Honess
Music - Christophe Beck

In the year of 2010, two movies collided together in the challenge of the box office and they were based on Greek Mythology, the first one was PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF which is based on a best seller book. I didn't get a chance to see that feature until it was released on DVD. This film seems to resemble and copy ideas from the Harry Potter series and what's more disappointing is that the filmmaker who used to work in the Potter film trilogy. Chris Columbus directs this film and by god, he is trying to recapture the fantasy story masterpiece that he accomplished with POTTER. In PERCY JACKSON, Chris has simply adapted another tale about a person who discovers of his heritage, but the whole while he just made a spiritual successor.

With the Potter similarities now listed, there's another turkey in cold blood of Steve Coogan who is not the perfect candidate for Hades and the character would better have been portrayed by Jeremy Irons, Alan Rickman or Tim Curry. Now the supporting cast in this feature are Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean and Uma Thurman, I applaud their work in this film and I don't want to mention the connection of Brosnan and Bean working together in the second time since GOLDENEYE (click here).

Time has simply wasted in THE LIGHTNING THIEF and if you're looking a better story of Greek Mythology, I suggest you go for the sequel SEA OF MONSTERS which now came out this year.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

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