The thrill of looking at superheroes, or in this case a demi-god, never seems to leave us puny mortals without a sense of awe. Percy Jackson does not exactly live up to the thrill but still remains a good watch.
The movie starts off with an amazing sequence of a huge Poseidon, the Lord of the Oceans, getting out from the water with his trademark trident in his hand. After he steps on to the freeway, he changes from a monstrous God, to the size of a mortal man off to meet Zeus. Zeus accuses Poseidon’s son of stealing his ‘Lightning Bolt’, the most powerful weapon wielded by any God, and threatens war if it isn’t returned in 14 days.
Percy is unaware of his demi-god status, and awkwardly, in a bizarre state of events, including a battle with a ‘fury’ and the presence of a centaur in his school, he finds out that he is being hunted down for possession of the lightning bolt. Percy considers it as a mere joke as he is dyslexic and can make no sense out of half the words that are written out before him. From his “friend” Grover, he figures that this is mostly because he is attuned to Greek alphabets and not normal English.
On the way to a camp where the children of Gods are trained, Percy, his mother, and Grover are attacked by a minotaur and Percy’s mother is sent to the depths of Hell. After Hades offers him the life of his mother in lieu of the ‘Lightning Bolt’, Percy starts off on a journey to bring his mother back.
The sound effects have been done in a really good manner, however, the graphics still leave you with a feeling of unfinished business. The transitions are not exactly smooth and even the scenes feel as if they were not given those much needed finishing touches. The movie can be watched for a few scenes which really leave you gaping at the screen wide-eyed, but nothing to thrill you or give you goose bumps.
Contributed by Rakesh Nair