Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Blu-ray] (2010)

Actors: Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd
Director: Chris Columbus
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 3
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Fox 2000 Pictures
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
Run Time: 118 minutes


Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief is the latest Harry Potter wannabe. However, as far as Harry Potter rip-offs go it ain't bad and is certainly more fun in many ways than the previous overlong and over-serious entry in the Harry Potter franchise, namely Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince.

Even though it clocks in at almost two hours, Percy Jackson feels much breezier and faster paced. It's a fresh-faced adventure that will appeal to underage Harry Potter fans even though the film-makers have made the main characters several years older than they are in the original books. Special effects are okay and the movie zips along nicely.

Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is your typical modern teenager - that is, if your average teen has a passing resemblance to Zac Efron and is in negotiations to play Peter Parker in the planned Spider-man reboot.

Speaking of which, we loved the line about the line about Percy's tough inner school: "It's high school, but without the musical." Har, har.

Like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson will however soon discover that he is "special" and "different" from all the other kids and by that we do not mean that he drools a lot and bumps his head against the walls or anything.

Nope, Percy is in fact a demigod, the son of the sea god Poseidon and an ordinary mortal woman (Catherine Keener) - something which he was unaware of until his English teacher turned into a winged harpy and tried to kill him one day. (We all have days like that.)

Yup, the ancient Greek gods are all in fact real and still exist in our modern day and age.

It seems that someone has stolen Zeus' lightning bolt and Percy is somehow the main suspect. To prevent a war between the gods themselves Percy has two weeks to find the lightning bolt before all Hades breaks loose.

Needless to say he first has to undergo training at Hogwarts, er sorry, Camp Half Blood (ho, ho) before embarking on his quest with some trusty sidekicks . . . (Unlike the Harry Potter movies, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief actually has black folks in it even though they are relegated to sidekick status.)

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief can be described as Clash of Titans for the tween set. The movie is clearly aimed at the underage Harry Potter crowd (it is even directed by Chris Columbus who actually directed the first two Potter movies). But make no mistake: the movie is not suitable for very small kids who no doubt get nightmares from some of the scary creatures featured.

Let's hope this one makes enough money and that we get to see some sequels.

RECOMMENDATION: You might not be too happy forking out the full price for a Blu-ray or DVD, but Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief will make for a pretty decent rental. A passable time-waster to say the least.



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