Web Exclusive – Percy Jackson isn’t quite an Olympian

The adaptation of the book "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," by Rick Riordan, pops to life on the big screen through the visions of screenwriter Craig Titley and Director Chris Columbus.

Percy Jackson, played by Logan Lerman ("Gamer"), believes himself to be a normal kid with a dyslexia problem. The truth is he is the son of Poseidon and prime suspect for Zeus’ lightning bolt disappearance. This is bad news for not only the gods, but for the mortals as well if the bolt is not returned by midnight on summer solstice.

Percy and his friends must work together to not only retrieve the bolt for Zeus to prevent war, but also to save his mother from Hades. The trio may not be trained well enough for this task, but they have determination and a decent amount of skill. Annabeth played by Alexandra Daddario ("Pitch"), is the daughter of Athena. Her battle strategies and swordsmanship come into play throughout the movie. Grover, played by Brandon T. Jackson ("Tropic Thunder"), doesn’t have any weapons or powers, but he does work well with his fists and will save his friends from any danger (like mythical monsters) thrown their way.

Columbus proved to be a good visionary for this movie. The settings for the different scenes were done quite nicely. Nothing felt set up and the plot progression flowed really well and nothing felt set up. Columbus also does a good job displaying Percy’s personality and feelings; not so much with the other characters. The other two main characters seem to just merely be there, but not be there at the same time. You don’t feel any connection with them as you should, like with Percy.

The overall plot was good, but some of the scene switches were a little choppy. The graphics were also well done, but the acting itself could have been better. It didn’t feel like many of the actors were really becoming "one" with their characters. The acting did not seem as effortless as it should have been. A few key actors did not quite live up to their potential. Pierce Brosnan ("GoldenEye") and Uma Thurman ("Kill Bill") are two big examples. They both did well, but they were nowhere near as captivating as in their other movies.

The movie is worth watching on the big screen. It has a decent amount of action and a well put together plot, but don’t hold too high of hopes.

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