Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

A new review from The Movie Snob

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief  (C-). Just the title of this lame kids’ action movie wears me out. Percy Jackson is an ordinary high school kid who’s bummed because his dad walked out when he was a baby and his mom married a lazy lout who smells bad. (Joe Pantoliano, The Matrix, plays the lout–does he ever get to play someone who isn’t a loser?) Then Percy discovers that the Greeks gods are real, and he’s the son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd, TV’s Rome), and someone has stolen Zeus’ thunderbolt. He’s whisked off to a training camp for young demigods, where in true Harry Potter fashion he immediately becomes the best at everything without a lick of experience. Against the advice of the wise centaur Chiron (Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!), Percy and two sidekicks go off on a quest to–no, not find the thunderbolt, but instead to rescue Percy’s mother from Hades, who has kidnapped her. The plot doesn’t make a lot of sense, and the battle scenes are yawners. Alexandra Daddario, who plays Percy’s pal Annabeth, daughter of Athena, is pretty cute, although she looks a little too old for Percy. Anyhoo, I imagine even kids would find this one kind of boring.


7 comments on “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

  1. Anonymous says:

    >I found this movie quite boring, and I usually like the mindless, high-tech action flick. The movie just didn't make any sense.The Borg Queen

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