Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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Overview

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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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1 blu-ray:; Percy Jackson & the olympians: the lightning thief in high-definition; 10 Deleted scenes; Secrets of the gods featurette; Inside camp half-blood; Discover your powers quiz; Disc two dvd:; Percy Jackson & the olympians: the lightning thief in standard definition
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • UPC: 024543669111
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 3:56:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,517

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Logan Lerman Percy, Percy Jackson
Alexandra Daddario Annabeth Chase, Annabeth
Brandon T. Jackson Grover, , Grover Underwood
Jake Abel Luke
Sean Bean Zeus
Pierce Brosnan Chiron, Mr. Brunner/Chiron
Steve Coogan Hades,
Rosario Dawson Persephone,
Melina Kanakaredes Athena
Catherine Keener Sally Jackson,
Kevin McKidd Poseidon
Joe Pantoliano Gabe Ugliano,
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,
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 East 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 Poseidon [2:49]
25. Time Has Run Out [1:28]
26. In Your Throughts And Dreams [4:21]
27. Welcome Home [4:03]
28. End Titles (Do Not Open) [4:52]
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Disc #1 -- Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
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            The Museum - Grover Photographs Aphrodite
            Int Pickup Truck - Grover Talks About Zeus' Daughter
            Lotus Land Casino - Grover Dances
            Lotus Land Casino - Percy, Annabeth and Grover Fight the Guards
            Hades' Mansion - Hades Talks to Percy
         Discover Your Powers Quiz
         The Book Comes to Life
         Theatrical Trailer
      Sneak Peek
         Tooth Fairy
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    I can't believe people atually like this movie!!!

    Where to start, where to start?*sighs*.Firrstr off they ruined the book!*cries hysterically*. They changed everything!I'm not bluffing!No Clarisse,No Ares,No Kronos! WTHECK?! I was so excited then I was soooooooo disappointed. WARNING:only watch if you haven't read the books and ignore the cries of confusion asnd disappointment and sheer terror from ACTUAL Percy Jackson fans!!!

    I know officially hate the movie studio who made this crap!
    :( :( :(

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    has nothing to do with the movie!

    I actually watched this movie first than reading the books, but when i finished the books, i was shocked! This movie has nothing to do with anything in the book. Percy is supposed to be 12, not 18/17/16. Grover and Annabeth don't look anything like how they're supposed to look like. And what's up with all the cussing and sexy stuff ? Why is the "lotus hotel", which is supposed to be a game place, a casino full of alcohol and women in mini dresses? That didn't need to be here. My advice: Read the books instead, they are way better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Even though the movie doesn't follow the book, the movie is still a awesome movie to watch at anytime of the day.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    a great movie for everyone to watch!

    When the lightning bulb is stolen Zeus acuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidonn fourteen days to return it. If the lightning bulb is not returned Zeus will start a war with his brother Poseidon. Meanwhile Percy has a normal life. One day while visiting a museum gets attacked by his teacher that turns into a creature. Percy finds out about his professor being a halfhorse halfman and his best firend Groover being his protector.Sally (Percy's mom) and Groover take Percy to camp Haalfblood. Percy's mom gets stolen.percy meets new friends at camp. Percy and his two friends go on a journey to find Percy's mom. They have a really big adventure. It is a really good movie.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

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    I Recommend This Great Movie

    I saw the movie and I loved it! Then I read the books and loved them! I can see a lot of differences between the books and the movie. Even so, I still love the movie. I think it is a great movie even if it doesn't quite follow the books. I recommend this movie to everyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2011

    Awful movie- Don't wsste your money!

    This movie was terrible. The half the characters looked nothing iike they were supposed to and the other half aren't even shown. Annabeth's personality changed completely. The whole entire plot is different, too. They go to most of the same places but for different reasons, "Find the pearls". Give me a break. It was very cheesy and horribly written. In other words I hated this movie. That's why I gave it one star; it sould have been 0 if possible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

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    Good Movie

    This movie was good but the book was so much better because the true villain wasn't the one in this movie. I think this movie, however, is great for ten and up because during fifth grade children begin to learn about Greek myths that they will continue to learn in history class to the point that they might want to have a career associated with myths. Overall, a good movie that couldv'e been a bit better!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    OMG!!!

    I love this movie!!! I read riordan's book ad the movie was a liitle different!!! But i loved it anyways!!! i especially liked that logan lerman was in it!!! He is my fav actor!!! I'd recomend this movie to anybody looking for action, suspense, and humor!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    i llllllllooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvveeeeee this movie althou it is deferent from the book

    i love the book and i couldnt wait to see it in theatres. It is a funny movie and i love the action. my only complaint was how different it was from the book but nevertheless i loveed it. i hope they come out with a sequel (but this time actually keep with the books storyline cause rick riordan is a fantastic writer.),,,,,,,,also logan lerman is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Percy is a dyslexic boy that also has adhd. He has been kicked o

    Percy is a dyslexic boy that also has adhd. He has been kicked out of many schools because of his bad behavior. He soon learns that he is a demigod and the son of Poseidon. Later in the book there is a war between the gods. Poseidon is accused of starting it because Zeus thinks he stole Percy stole something of his.  Then Percy has to go on a quest to find what is lost.  Then the book goes from there.

    I liked the book because it has a bunch of action and it is kind of freaky like the time when they cut medusas head off. 

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

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    Okay

    This was okay. Interesting and good in some moments but other than that this was okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

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    This movie is about a 12 year old named Percy Jackson. NOT! The

    This movie is about a 12 year old named Percy Jackson. NOT! The movie has no source of connection to the book! Believe me read the book, don't watch the movie! Reviewer Julia, Age 11  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    There's a reason they didn't immediately make the next book into

    There's a reason they didn't immediately make the next book into a movie. The lead is a decent actor as he's shown in perks of being a wallflower, but hardly hero material and a terrible script. You're better off just getting a second copy of harry potter

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

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    I was not impressed at all with this movie. I read the books fir

    I was not impressed at all with this movie. I read the books first. Of course I had fallen in love with the books and was so upset when I saw the movie. It was nothing like the books. The age of kids where different and they went to different places than they had in the books.

    If you haven't read the books and don't plan to (which i don't recomend because the books are so good) then I guess the movie would be alright.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    watch the hunger games movie

    the percy jackson books are my favorite and the movie is even better. it is the best movie ever so if you like the movie you should read the collection.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

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    Biggest disappointment in my life.

    Now, Im all for a little change when it comes to adapting books to the big screen, but this was ridiculous. I dont have as big of a problem with the casting, thats not my problem at all, my problem lies with whoever wrote the script for this movie. It was horrible! They left behind all the wonderful things about this book and ruined it. From Percy's age change, to characters being cut out, to the sloppy storyline. The worst thing about this is that this movie could have been wonderful, there could have been sequels, the franchise for this could have been amazing, but now we'll never have the chance for any of that. I hope authors take this movie as an example when Hollywood is interested in making books into a movie, because this could have been as big as the Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

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    where is everybody?! ps the rating is on how well it matched the book

    THERE IS NO KRONOS, NO ARES, NO CLARRISE, NO DIONYSUS! I was dissapointed in the movie for a lot of reasons but what reallly ticked me off was the main villian is gone. WHERE IS KRONOS!? KRONOS IS IMPORTANT NOT ONLY TO THE LIGHTNING THEIF BUT TO THE ENTIRE SERIES! Oh and another message LUKE IS NOT THE MAIN BAD GUY YOU FOOLS HE IS ONLY A TOOL OF KRONOS! And where is kronos!? AND WHERE IS HIS OTHER PUPPET ARES AND HIS DAUGHTER!? Ares and his dughter clarrise also contribute a lot to this series! PERCY'S FIGHT WITH ARES WAS THE CLIMAX OF THE STORY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!! um and i have another question...WHERE IS DIONYSES!? DIONYSES IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO THE SERIES AND ALSO HE I PERCY'S OTHER RIVAL! well that's about it except for the fact that there were a million and one changes. But we'd be here all day if i were to name all of them. I wont lie the movie was pretty good with the special effects and action but as percy jacksons #1 fan it would go against everything i stand for to rate this more than 3 stars. and ps if they make another movie for the sea of monsters i expect to see better!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! THE BOOK IS TEN THOUSAND TIMES BETTER!

    I ONLY RATED THIS MOVIE A 0NE STAR BECAUSE I CAN'T MAKE IT BE A ZERO STAR. THIS MOVIE DOES NOT FOLLOW THE BOOK AT ALL AND IS SOO00 BORING I NEARLY FELL ASLEEP WATCHING IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

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    Not that bad but it's still not that good

    Well I prefer for all people to just read the book rather than watch the movie . Look the movie is way off the way the book is. They left out a lot of parts and for people who are lazy .......... Read the book it's really good and better than the movie.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    Highly Recommended!

    When Zeus's Master Bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses none other then Poseidon's son Percy Jackson. Zeus gives Poseidon 14 days to return the Bolt to him. If it is not returned by the deadline, he would begin a war.

    Now, Percy doesn't know he's a demigod, a son of a Greek God. So he's surprised to figure out he is none other then the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Not to mention, two of the teachers in his 'normal' life happen to be mythical creatures.
    So much for 'mythical' Oh, and Grover? His best friend? He's a satyr. He's half goat and his protector.

    So, Sally, Percy's Mom and Grover have no choice now that Percy knows his true bloodline. They take him to Camp Halfblood, a camp for Demigods. On the way, a Centar comes and ends up taking Sally. That's were the adventure begins.

    I love this movie. The first week I got it I watched it multiple times in a day.

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