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Percy Jackson rides the bolt

Director Chris Columbus skillfully makes a smooth young-adult adventure.


Young Percy Jackson discovers his father is Poseidon and is enlisted to recover Zeus' lightning bolt. Writer Craig Titley adapted the script from the first book of Rick Riordan's Greek myth-inspired series for younger readers. (No relation that I'm aware of, but I mention it to counter speculation once levelled at me by a commenter on What TWO people would make up a name like Titley?) The film does sacrifice character depth---Percy's learning disability is mentioned only because it serves the plot later---and faithfulness to Greek mythology, but director Chris Columbus has skillfully made a smooth young-adult adventure.

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Director: Chris Columbus

Writer: Joe Stillman and Rick Riordan

Producer: Greg Mooradian, Guy Oseary, Chris Columbus and Karen Rosenfelt

Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Catherine Keener, Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson

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