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Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief: Movie Review

Let us be honest from the get go - "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" screams Harry Potter all over. The similarities cannot be denied and honestly, it has a lot to prove on its belt just to show that it is not trying to cash in on the Potter craze. What scares us most is not actually the story (which is already based on a best-selling novel) but mostly on the overall quality of the film because as most spin-offs go, luring as much money is the king. Is "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" worth your time and money? Can it really bring something new to the table? Read on to find out our verdict.

When Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is attacked by his teacher on a field trip, he soon discovers that he is not a normal kid. In fact, he is a demigod (half human, half god). He is soon sent to Camp Half Blood, a camp for demigods in which they can hone and train their unique gifts. While on the camp, he finds out that he is being accused by Zeus as the one who stole his lightning bolt and if he does not give it back in ten days, the Greek Gods will have to start a war among themselves. If this happens, the world as we know it will end. Percy, with his protector Grover (Brandon Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) who is the daughter of Athena, decides to embark on a journey across America to first, save his mother from the clutches of Hades and second, prove to Zeus that he is not the Lightning Thief and save the world along with it.

"Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" suffers because of the material it is based on but as a film, it was perfect in our opinion. Dare we even say that we enjoyed this film better than the other "Harry Potter" films? Now what makes this different is that it is really, amazingly fast-paced. The film was literally littered with monsters that Percy and his friends have to fight against with. It was not bad that it was humor bounded as well. The film was both gripping and funny at the same time. The cast was perfect as well especially the supporting cast. Props to Brandon Jackson by the way. Without you, the film would really lack a lot of comedy. So what's our say? Everyone should take a second look at "Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief" because it is not your typical fad-riding movie. It is a separate beast of its own kind.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- even though similar to Harry Potter and his cohorts, as a film, it is definitely better than the Potter films
- action-packed from start to finish
- the humor will make you laugh out loud

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- if you hate Harry Potter or really want something new at the table, just avoid this film

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