Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Chris Columbus, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson


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This adaptation of Rick Riordan's remarkably popular fantasy book series tells the tale of accident-prone teenager Percy (Logan Lerman), who discovers that he's actually a demigod, the son of Poseidon, and he is needed when Zeus' lightning is stolen. Percy must master his newfound skills in order to prevent a war between the gods thatSee more details below


This adaptation of Rick Riordan's remarkably popular fantasy book series tells the tale of accident-prone teenager Percy (Logan Lerman), who discovers that he's actually a demigod, the son of Poseidon, and he is needed when Zeus' lightning is stolen. Percy must master his newfound skills in order to prevent a war between the gods that could devastate the entire world. The film is directed by Chris Columbus, and co-stars Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, and Sean Bean.

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It's difficult to find a children's fantasy novel without "For fans of Harry Potter" (or the more threatening "Step aside, Potter") among the critic's notes on the back cover. Living in a post-Rowling generation is a double-edged sword for authors whose talent lies in spinning heroic tales with a heavy dose of mythology. The market for this particular genre is certainly larger than before, but the bar is set high at Harry Potter, and he killed Voldemort. Standing out from the pack is a monumental achievement (insert your own "Herculean" pun), and author Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson novels, which follow the lives of the sons and daughters of ancient Greek gods, stood out enough to merit a film adaptation. And so, Chris Columbus, who helmed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets directs Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief -- a natural, albeit ironic choice. The plot offers a soapy, present-day twist on a very old mythos: Ancient Greek gods descend to earth on occasion, where they inevitably find a pretty young woman to distract them from the demands of god-hood, and whom they just as inevitably impregnate. Their progeny -- half-god, half-human hybrids known as demigods -- must fend for themselves on earth, and hone their more godlike qualities at a secure (from monsters) location known as Camp Half-Blood. The demigods we care about are Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), son of Poseidon, God of the Sea; Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario), daughter of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom; and wisecracking satyr Grover Underwood (Brandon T. Jackson). Their quest takes them across the United States, through the Underworld, all the way up to Mt. Olympus, where they must either return Zeus' stolen lightning bolt, or convince him that Percy is not the thief. The film has its share of flaws, most of them typical for children's fantasy movies. The first half is quite clumsy, and with no internal dialogue the characters' feelings are difficult to gauge. The one-liners (virtually all delivered by Brandon T. Jackson) have a forced quality about them -- setup, pause, punch line, rim shot -- and the action scenes have a tendency to start too abruptly and last a little too long. There are, however, a lot of good things to say about Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The elder characters are a lot of fun to watch, particularly Pierce Brosnan, who plays the role of a centaur so naturally it's hard to remember that he's not half-horse in real life, and Uma Thurman as a modernized Medusa with a perfectly coiffed head of snakes (sadly, not black mambas) and a corseted leather jacket that adds to the sense that the young heroes have accidentally stumbled upon the unholy union of a dominatrix and Renaissance festival. Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson (king and queen of the Underworld, respectively) act exactly the way you'd expect an old married couple to act after spending an eternity with only each other for company, in Hell. The younger actors are also very good -- certainly better than the Potter kids were in Sorcerer's Stone -- but their dialogue is almost slavishly dedicated to setting up the attraction between Percy and Annabeth for future movies, which is too bad, because when they get to act in this movie, they shine -- particularly Brandon T. Jackson, who is capable of so much more than comic relief. The film also looks as fantastical as its story, each set topping the last until the Underworld, with its fiery lakes and slowly traveling airborne debris ("the discarded scraps of humanity"), takes the prize. Overall, while not spectacular, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief has the magic, the energy, and the heart to become a really fun standalone fantasy adventure series for 'tweens.

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Release Date:
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20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 5 Deleted scenes; Discover your powers quiz ; The book comes to life featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Logan Lerman Percy,Percy Jackson
Alexandra Daddario Annabeth Chase
Brandon T. Jackson Grover,Actor,Grover Underwood
Jake Abel Luke
Sean Bean Zeus
Pierce Brosnan Chiron,Mr. Brunner/Chiron
Steve Coogan Hades,Actor
Rosario Dawson Persephone,Actor
Melina Kanakaredes Athena
Catherine Keener Sally Jackson,Actor
Kevin McKidd Poseidon
Joe Pantoliano Gabe Ugliano,Actor
Uma Thurman Medusa
Julian Richings Ferryman
Bonita Friedericy Hysterical Woman
Annie Ilonzeh Aphrodite Girl
Tania Saulnier Aphrodite Girl
Marie Avgeropoulos Aphrodite Girl
Luisa d'Oliveira Aphrodite Girl
Christie Laing Aphrodite Girl
Marielle Jaffe Aphrodite Girl
Elisa King Aphrodite Girl
Charlie Gallant Lotus Land Bellhop
Chelan Simmons Lotus Land Waitress
Andrea Brooks Lotus Land Waitress
Natassia Malthe Lotus Land Waitress
Jocelyn Ott Lotus Land Waitress
Max Van Ville Seventies Kid - Casino
Serinda Swan Aphrodite
Dimitri Lekkos Apollo
Ona Grauer Artemis
Stefanie von Pfetten Demeter
Conrad Coates Hephaestus
Ray Winstone Ares,Actor
Erica Cerra Hera
Dylan Neal Hermes
Luke Camilleri Dionysus
Holly Hougham Grover Girl
Ina Geraldine Grover Girl
Raquel Riskin Grover Girl
Yusleidis Oquendo Grover Girl
Janine Edwards Grover Girl
Valerie Tian Cute Girl
Violet Columbus Nymph Warrior
Sarah Smyth Pretty Girl #1
Merritt Patterson Pretty Girl #2
Julie Luck WGHP News Anchor (Video)
Andrea Day Field News Reporter
Stan Carp Old Fisherman
Suzanne Ristic Maid at Motel
Richard Harmon Smart Ass Kid
Doyle Devereux Museum Employee
Maria Olsen Mrs. Dodds/Fury
Robin Lemon Museum Tour Guide
Tom Pickett Parthenon Janitor
VJ Delos-Reyes Parthenon Janitor
Tim Aas Parthenon Janitor
Keith Blackman Dallas Parthenon Janitor
Spencer Atkinson Parthenon Janitor
Maya Washington Percy's Classmate
Victor Ayala Percy's Classmate
Zane Holtz '50s Tough
Eli Zagoudakis Son of Ares
Rob Hayter Son of Ares
Loyd Bateman Son of Ares
Shawn Beaton Son of Ares
Jarod Joseph College Buddy
Reilly Dolman College Buddy
Julie Brar Cute Girlfriend
Dejan Loyola Boyfriend
Mario Casoria Cook
Dorla Bell Waitress
Carolyn Adair Watiress With Cleaver
Jade Pawluk Screaming Diner
Patrick Currie Stuffy Croupier
Damian Arman Warrior
Mariela Zapata Warrior
David L. Smith Poet

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Barnathan Producer
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Moe Brody Choreography
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Ross Dempster Art Director
Will E. Files Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas A. Girling Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Thomas M. Hammel Executive Producer
Dan Hermansen Art Director
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Peter Honess Editor
Joe May Set Decoration/Design
Jay Mitchell Set Decoration/Design
Greg Mooradian Executive Producer
Mark Morgan Executive Producer
Guy Oseary Executive Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Jim Ramsay Set Decoration/Design
Karen Rosenfelt Producer
Aaron Sims Art Director
Karen Swallow Associate Producer
Bill Terezakis Makeup Special Effects
Maureen Terezakis Makeup Special Effects
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Titley Screenwriter
Wendy S. Williams Production Manager
Lars P. Winther Asst. Director
Joe Wolkosky Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
1. The Fight of His Life [:47]
2. Seven Minutes (Main Titles) [3:51]
3. Show Some Respect [2:48]
4. Half God, Half Human [2:18]
5. Your Father Loves You [:29]
6. Camp Half Blood [4:39]
7. The Surprises Mount Up [5:32]
8. Let the Battle Begin [4:10]
9. Go to the Water [6:29]
10. Straight From Hell [:18]
11. An Actual Quest [2:57]
12. Guide to the Underworld [4:24]
13. Auntie Em's Garden Emporium [2:32]
14. Don't Look! [1:52]
15. Forbidden [3:34]
16. Annabeth's Mom [3:16]
17. Twice as Bad [6:43]
18. Going to Vegas! [4:45]
19. Don't Eat the Flower [3:13]
20. Climb Aboard [5:08]
21. Give Me the Bolt [:22]
22. Only Three Pearls [3:12]
23. To Bring Olympus Down [7:25]
24. Son of Poscidon [2:49]
25. Time Has Run Out [1:28]
26. In Your Thoughts and Dreams [4:21]
27. Welcome Home [4:03]
28. End Titles (Do Not Open) [4:52]

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