Perhaps some people are thinking: Percy Jackson is just a lousier version of Harry Potter. Both are based on novels targeted at a young crowd, both have the same boy-boy-girl team, both feature fictional schools, and the similarities do not stop. Interestingly, the director of Percy Jackson, Chris Columbus, was also the director of the first two Harry Potter films. I actually found Percy Jackson to be more compelling than Harry Potter.
The journey that Percy (Logan Lerman) embarks on is epic. He discovers he is the son of a god, and thus possess godly powers. He enrolls in Camp Half Blood (their version of Hogwarts), and that’s where he meets Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), the girl of his dreams. The plot thickens when Percy is framed for a heavenly crime, and now Percy and his friends have to literally go through hell to clear his name.
Along the way, Percy meets many characters based on Greek mythology. Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman inject some credibility into this film with their cheesy yet impressive performances. If you don’t know what roles they play, you might want to skip the plot summary on Wikipedia and just be surprised like I was. The quest is littered with objects to find and monsters to defeat. Percy and his friends not only use their special powers to overcome each obstacle, but also their wits and detective skills.
The only glaring problem I had with this film was that there were too many pop culture references. There’s a scene which takes place in a casino, and that whole segment dragged on for way too long. Nevertheless, Percy Jackson is a family-friendly action flick with likable characters, and gets a thumbs up from me.