Nick Schager Reviews Percy Jackson & the Etc. Etc. Etc.

Harry Potter knockoffs don’t come more transparent and slapdash than Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, a wannabe-franchise jumpstarter directed by Chris Columbus with the same flat, crane-shot-obsessed aesthetic blandness that he brought to his first two Potter movie adaptations. Aping J.K. Rowling’s saga every step of the way to Mount Olympus, the film (based on Rick Riordan’s popular kids-lit series) concerns high-schooler Percy (Logan Lerman), who suddenly discovers not only that he’s the demigod son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), but that he’s been accused by Zeus (Sean Bean) of stealing his lightning bolt. Why Zeus suspects Percy rather than the child of any other god is never explained, but such an early, gaping plot hole is in keeping with the subsequent incoherent action.

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