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Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Catherine Keener, Sean Bean, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan, Kevin McKidd, Melina Kanakaredes
Director: Chris Columbus
Rating: PG (Some Violence And Frightening Scenes)
Year Made: 2010



- Deleted Scenes
- Secrets of the Gods
- Discover Your Power Quiz


Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Thai/
Korean/Bahasa Indonesia/Vietnamese
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




Modern and mythical worlds collide in this thunderous fantasy-adventure starring Pierce Brosnan, Kevin McKidd and Uma Thurman as you’ve never seen them before! Percy Jackson is no ordinary teenager...he’s just learned he’s the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus’ ­lightning bolt – the most powerful weapon ever created! With storm clouds brewing, Percy embarks on an incredible cross-country journey to prove his innocence, recover the bolt and prevent a war amongst the gods that could destroy our world!


Get yourself acquainted with the Greek mythology before you plunge into the world of "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" as the rapid pacing of this movie will send you spinning. Based on a series of best-selling fantasy books by American author Rick Riordan, this movie adaptation is a hopeful intention by Fox to 'replace' the Harry Potter series once the wizard boy end its long-running adventures by 2011. Thus luring Chris Columbus (who directed the first two Harry Potters) to helm Percy Jackson is definitely not much of a coincidence.

Our protagonist, Percy Jackson (a likeable Logan Lerman) is a normal 17 year old student who found out that he is a demigod, son of Poseidon after being attacked by his substitute English teacher while on a field trip to the museum. He is later believed to have stolen the lightning bolt belonging to Zeus. If he does not return it within 14 days, war will break out. In addition to clearing his name, Percy needs to trade in the bolt to Hades in exchange for her mother whose soul has been captured by the latter.

It’s either Columbus have learnt his lesson while helming Harry Potter or he has mastered the art of understanding young restless teens. "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" flows like a session of computer game without letting much of his three protagonists (Percy, Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena and Grover Underwood, a satyr assigned to protect Percy) catch a breather. Character developments amount to nothing and the magnitude of the great Greek gods are reduced to plain fluffiness even if the promotional materials tried to market it as a major teenage epic adventure.

But not all is lost given the cast list reads like godsend. The ever reliable Sean Bean is Zeus, Kevin McKidd is Poseidon, Steve Coogan is Hades, Rosario Dawson is Persephone, Pierce Bronson is a centaur (part human, part horse) and Uma Thurman turns up as Medusa. Remember I did say get yourself familiar with the Greek mythology.

Most viewers I guessed will be hugely entertained by the copious amount of action sequences to make up for the simplistic plotting. The special effects are fantastic, certainly not cheesy and added a huge sense of realism especially with the constant closeup shots of Medusa’s snakedo and in a pyrotechnics-heavy sequence where a Lernaean Hydra attacked the trio. The movie refuses to let up as our three heroes went from destination to another. It’s indeed a visual spectacle to say the least.

Greek mythology has seen a minor revival with Percy and the remake of "Clash of the Titans". While "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" is considered too juvenile for the adults and has its fair share of weaker points, it’s unquestionably better than Titans in terms of character flow and story exposition. On the other hand comparing with the wizard boy, Percy still need a little more polish before it matches rival’s popularity and magic.


The extra features start with five Deleted Scenes and in the same tradition with the earlier Harry Potter DVDs come with two simple interactive games for the younger fans, the Secrets of the Gods and Discover Your Power Quiz.


Details and textures are crisp and excellent while the Dolby Digital 5.1 is incredibly immersive and impresses with sound effects that will jolt you during the action sequences.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 16 June 2010


. Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (Movie Review)

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