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Based on the novel by Rick Riordan.
DVD release of the 2010 motion picture.
Special features: 5 deleted scenes; Discover your powers quiz; "The book comes to life" featurette.
Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Melina Kanakaredes, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Uma Thurman.
Percy Jackson is no ordinary teenager, 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 among the gods that could destroy our world!
DVD; region 1; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; dual layer.
At the beginning, I thought it had the potential to be better than the book. Even though I liked both Grover and Percy more in the movie than in the book, it still wasn't enough to make this movie great. A lot of stuff was changed, but they weren't positive improvements in my opinion. Not good.
The movie isn't bad, but the best thing about it was it got me reading the books. The books are much better. The movie does change quite a bit. Rick Riordan is amazing at working greek mythology into very entertaining fiction.
A thrilling kid's movie, this is a fun flick to watch. Sadly, I was disapointed with the final result.
I am a big Percy Jackson fan, and the movie didn't follow the book as well as was expected.
However, it is pretty good on it's own, so give it a try!
The movie for the second book (Percy jackson and the Sea of Monsters)is coming soon!
This movie is absolutely downright horrible! I read the book before I watched the movie and I found it hard to believe that it was the same story. Absolutely horrible! They didn't follow the story at all! Scenery and pictures suck! :(
Having read the book first and been thoroughly enthralled, and being a fan of Kevin McKidd (Poseidon) and Sean Bean (Zeus), I was looking forward to this movie. However, I spent most of the film yelling at the screen. The effects are excellent. The performances are equally wonderful. However, the script writers, producers, and/or meddling studio execs absolutely butchered the story and many of its details. I am not hopeful that the further adventures of Percy Jackson will be filmed, and I'm not even sure how they would reconcile the differences in the story arc if they attempted to make a series of it.
I therefore only recommended this for the completist, or possibly the movie fan wanting to see the performances of the particular actors involved, which are actually quite nice.
Updated to add: the second book, Sea of Monsters, is being made into a movie. I will watch it if only to see Nathan Fillion (Castle, Dr. Horrible's Siing-Along Blog, Firefly) as Hermes, but my expectations for the story itself are very low.
I need to stop reading books before seeing the movies. It never works out well, and this is no exception. They didn't even mention a few major characters (Dionysus, Thalia, Clarisse, Ares, etc.) and the characters they DID have weren't right (Percy is supposed to be 12, not able to drive; Annabeth should be blond; Posideon should be a beachbum, not a warrior; etc.). The story was different, too. In fact, I don't think they got any part of the movie exactly right.
That being said, it was a pretty good movie. The acting wasn't bad, and the special effects were great. In short, I'd rate it better if it hadn't been "ruined" by the book! ;)