Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

rating: Kudos

I’m wondering if there will be any controversy over Chris Columbus’ new fantasy film “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

With the exception of “Lord of the Rings,” every major cinematic family epic in the last decade has been met with religious protest of some kind. “Chronicles of Narnia,” “Harry Potter” and “The Golden Compass” have all suffered from religious groups trying to ban the movie. Heck, with “The Golden Compass” they almost succeeded! Now we have “Percy Jackson,” the new film from “Harry Potter” director Chris Columbus. It’s good to have Columbus at the helm. His experience with the “Potter” series pays off. But should the film be considered blasphemous or offensive? The idea of marketing Polytheism to children could aggravate some… I wonder then what their reactions would be to the upcoming “older people” film “Clash of the Titans.”

Let’s look at the plot… Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is just your average teenage boy… who can hold his breath underwater for up to seven minutes at a time. His best friend is a cripple named Grover (Brandon T. Jackson). One day at the museum, his substitute teacher turns into a flying fanged hell beast and attacks him (as substitute teachers tend to do). The FFHB asks him to return Zeus’ lightning bolt or something bad, probably involving death, will happen. Of course, Jackson has no idea what the creature is talking about.

Finally Grover saves him, but not before revealing that he’s not a cripple after all, but really a satyr, a half-man half-goat who has been assigned to protect the son of Greek god Poseidon. That would be Percy, who has been framed for stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt. Now Hades has taken Percy’s mother and is holding her in the Underworld. He will release his mother if Percy hands over the bolt… but he doesn’t have it.

Does “Percy Jackson” promote Polytheism? I really don’t think so. None of the “gods” in the movie are ever seen in a religious light. There is no worshipping of these gods at all in the film. Like “Potter,” “Narnia,” and “Golden Compass” before it, “Percy Jackson” doesn’t contain a single ounce of religious procelytizing. The fact that Zeus and Poseidon and Hades are all “god” figures bears little effect on anyone watching the movie. This is a kids film for crying out loud! The preachy stuff, like “Left Behind,” “The Omega Code” and even “Passion of the Christ” are all rated PG-13 or R. And note that “Percy Jackson” is made by Fox. You know, as in “Fox News,” the central hub for the religious right-wingers. This isn’t some kind of satanic devil-worshipping witchcraft brainwashing film. It’s a fun fantasy story, Rupert Murdoch approved.

That said, the film is pretty cool. It’s no “Potter,” but its visual effects and fun humor, along with the inventive story, should be great for any kid or even adult. There are battles with Hydra, tangles with Medusa, and finally hell itself! It makes for a good adventure. I was pleased!


One Response to “Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”

  1. commentor Says:

    i think there an satanic symbol at there film.. when Jackson want to give the lighting bolt. in the lift there an omega symbol

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