Bibliography: Rosenfelt, Karen. (Producer). Columbus, Chris. (Director). (2010). Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [DVD]. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. 118 minutes. Tr. $20.03.
Plot: Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen and he is accusing Percy Jackson, Poseidon’s son, as the thief. Poseidon tries to tell Zeus that Percy is unaware that he is his father, but Zeus tells him that Percy has until the next summer solstice to return the lightning bolt to Mount Olympus, or war will wage. Seventeen year old Percy has the ability to stay under water for a very long time, but he appears to be dyslexic. While on a field trip to the museum, Percy is attacked by substitute teacher, a fury in disguise, demand the lightning bolt, but is rescued by his best friend Grover and Latin teacher Mr. Brunner. Percy and his mom, Sally, are sent to Camp Half-Breed, but on the way Sally appears to be killed by a minotaur. Percy is now ready for revenge.
Review: This is an action packed adventure that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Percy Jackson is accused of stealing the powerful lightning bolt of Zeus leading a bunch of evil creatures to him demanding for the lightning bolt. Percy soon learns that he is a half-breed, and his father is the great god of the sea. Poseidon. Loosely based off of the book by The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, this film takes on a theme all its own. We get to meet all sorts of mythological creatures and Greek gods: minotaurs, satyrs, centaurs, and even a Hydra. Hades is a laughable character and Medusa is not all that smart, but when demigods band together to find the lightning bolt, they are a force to be met.
Interest Level: 5-8 graders
Similar Materials: The Sorcerers Apprentice, Harry Potter, Thor, X-Men, Clash of the Titans
Reader’s Advisory: I love Greek mythology and tend to read a lot of books that have Greek characters and gods in them, so I though this would be a good movie to see. It was definitely entertaining even if only loosely based on Greek mythology. I think children will love seeing it with all of its action and adventure. Although I heard that the book was far better, but I have not read it yet so I could not say. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to tweens.