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.


Chris Columbus


Craig Titley (screenplay), Rick Riordan (novel)
1,161 ( 165)
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur and a master of the healing arts, and passed that knowledge on to the mortal hero Asclepius. See more »


Like in many modern-day depictions, the Underworld is depicted as a hellish place full of fire. However, in Greek mythology, all the dead went to the Underworld, their treatment differing on their behavior on earth. So while there was a place where the sinners were tortured, the Tartaros, the Underworld also had the Elysium, which was more or less a paradise for the good souls, the Mourning Fields for people who died while yearning for unrequited love and the Asphodel Meadows for everyone else. Also, the Tartaros was not simply a place of fire, since this is a depiction of hell which only became popular over the last few centuries. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the credits there is a scene showing Gabe Ugliano's fate on discovering Medusa's severed head. See more »


Referenced in Sadie and Emmie (2015) See more »


I'll Pretend
Written and Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of New West Records
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Entertaining, but doesn't stick to the source material
1 June 2020 | by logeespSee all my reviews

The Percy Jackson books were some of my favorite books growing up, and when a movie came out, I couldn't wait to see it. However, the film stays as far away from the source material as possible, which makes me wonder why the heck this movie was made.

There were certain things the movie just couldn't get right that I didn't think need changing. For example, in the book, Annabeth is blonde, Percy is 12, and when the car crash happens in the beginning, Grover was supposed to be unconscious. While it was true that Luke is evil, Percy doesn't fight him at the end. He fights Ares, the god of war.

The acting is decent, and Logan Lerman is a decent Percy Jackson. The special effects are cool, and the fights are really entertaining. The comedic elements are there, and the chemistry between the three actors are likeable.

In the end, it's just a popcorn flick for the family. It may not be the best movie ever made, but it's decent enough to enjoy. I just wish the movie stuck closer to the source material.

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Release Date:

12 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief See more »


Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,236,067, 14 February 2010

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