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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

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A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

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Chris Columbus

Writers:

Craig Titley (screenplay), Rick Riordan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Lerman ... Percy Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson ... Grover
Alexandra Daddario ... Annabeth
Jake Abel ... Luke
Sean Bean ... Zeus
Pierce Brosnan ... Mr. Brunner / Chiron
Steve Coogan ... Hades
Rosario Dawson ... Persephone
Melina Kanakaredes ... Athena
Catherine Keener ... Sally Jackson
Kevin McKidd ... Poseidon
Joe Pantoliano ... Gabe Ugliano
Uma Thurman ... Medusa
Julian Richings ... Ferryman
Bonita Friedericy ... Hysterical Woman
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Storyline

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Worlds collide.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language | See all certifications »

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UK | Canada | USA

Release Date:

12 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,502,663 (United Kingdom), 12 February 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,661,634, 12 February 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$88,761,720, 27 June 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$226,497,209, 15 April 2012
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The Lotus Casino sequence was filmed at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. On the exterior, exclusively the entrance was decorated to look like a casino entrance, and the large, beautiful fountain in front of the entrance was built by the filmmakers as well. The rest of the casino's massive exterior bells and whistles were created by the digital effects team on the computer and inserted into the shots after filming wrapped. However, the entire interior was constructed to look an enormous, beautiful casino. The filmmakers designed the interior trimmings and decorations completely from scratch, filled the interior with very convincing casino games and indoor amusement park rides, and used a brand new Maserati to set up the "win this car" stand in the casino lobby. See more »

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Poseidon: Zeus.
Zeus: Poseidon.
Zeus: It's been many years.
Zeus: What do you see?
Poseidon: Thunder clouds.
Zeus: But no lightning. Stolen.
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Actually a really good movie
12 February 2010 | by joshuatrinhnguyenSee all my reviews

I won't spoil the parts that mattered the most (since most were incorrect) but the the movie was pretty good. I understand the people who do not enjoy the movie because of its accuracy to book (like the ages, Clarrise's character, and Annabeth's hair etc.), but remember the movie IS 2 HOURS!!! They probably did not have enough time and money to produce this movie's other important scenes. I will admit the beginning and plot moved way too fast and that even the alternate scenes to replace what the book's chapter has, is kinda unsatisfying. So to the people who read the book, but did not see this movie, give it a shot. And keep this part of my review a thought.

To the people do wanna see it, please do! There's a lot of fast past action scenes, pretty hilarious moments, and satisfying duologue. Though there was not enough character development to understand the background and history of every character, and little information of what is going on. If you watch until the end, the characters develop a little more, and things start to make a lot more sense.

Bottom line: See it. Personally, I wouldn't go and see it again on the theaters, but I will definitely buy this on DVD because there might be a lot of background scenes the DVD can offer (like in the trailers, Percy is standing outside of the "building" "alone")and why they chose "that" scene instead of "this". Oh yeah, remember, they probably didn't give all the chapters from the book play in the movie, because they didn't know if it would become successful, smart move writers...smart move...I'm gonna give this a ten because most of these reviews listed here didn't reflect what I saw, and its poor rating.

Senses: The sound was absolutely wonderful (probably because I was in the front), it sounded realistic AND matching. The graphics/effects were OK, it could have touched up a bit more (again, probably because I was in the front, so things looked blurry, and I didn't wear my glasses). Still good enough to be put on the big screen. My feelings for this movie was really good, my heart was actually pounding when they did the fight scenes. These types of movies, action/adventure etc, are in my taste. And it definitely goes well with food as your watching.

Just an FYI this is my first review ever, and I'm a huge fan-boy of the series. I hope you enjoyed reading this.


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