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:: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Before I delve into this review I must first out myself as a rare member of Gen Y who does not like Harry Potter, Twilight or the bandwagon of vampires, the supernatural and magical mysteries that followed them. It appears that I am the minority and, because of this, am destined to watch films like Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief until the next fad comes along.

As films go, PJATLT (as it is to be called henceforth) is a harmless, if uninspiring, modern-day romp through ancient Greek Mythology complete with centaur, hydra and iPod. Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is a teenager struggling with what he believes is an identity crisis, dyslexia and ADHD. Unbeknownst to him he is actually the demigod son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea.

The king of the gods Zeus believes his nephew Percy has stolen his powerful lightening bolt, and threatens to declare war against his brothers, Poseidon and Hades, unless it is returned to him. It is up to Percy, his Sayter (half man, half goat) protector Grover and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, to clear his name, rescue his human mother from the underworld and prevent a war of Olympic proportions.

It is a very Harry Potter-like affair from the man who directed the first two Potter films Chris Columbus, as he adapts the first book in the series by Rick Riordan to the screen. The creepy monsters in PJATLT are mythical instead of magical, and are found from New York to Hollywood instead of Hogwarts.

Uma Thurman popped up as a perfectly casted Medusa, while Pierce Brosnan attached to a horse’s body looked as though he was just there for the sake of it. Steve Coogan and Sean Bean pop up as Hades and Zeus, while the Scottish Kevin McKidd (Dr Owen Hunt from Grey’s Anatomy) looked the part of Poseidon.

The story is predictable, and the script misses the mark slightly with its dramatic speeches and attempted wit, but it does the job and will probably earn itself a sequel. This film has its moments, and I’m sure there will be plenty of fantasy fanatics who thoroughly enjoy it because it does its job.