Directed by CHRIS COLUMBUS
Starring LOGAN LERMAN, KEVIN MCKIDD, and ALEXANDRA DADDARIO
As Percy learns his identity, he and Grover are attacked by furies who demand the lightning bolt. Percy defeats a minotaur on the way to a camp for half blood kids (demigods). While at the camp, Percy develops his gifts and makes new friends, including, Annabeth, the daughter of Athena (Alexandra Daddario) and Luke Castellan, son of Hermes (Jake Abel).
Percy, Grover, and Annabeth go on a series of adventures in order to retrieve three of Persephone's pearls to enter the Underworld. The first pearl is at an old garden shop, which houses none other than Medusa (beautiful scenery here), the second pearl is in the Parthenon in Nashville (a real location), and the third pearl is located in Las Vegas in the Lotus Casino, where the patrons eat lotus flowers and forget their reason for being there. Similar to Odysseus, whose men were trapped on an island with the lotus-eaters, the kids end up trapped in the casino for what feels like minutes, but turns out to be for several days. Coming to their senses, they discover that the casino is run by the lotus-eaters. Although this was originally part of the Odysseus' myth, this was a nice modern twist to Percy Jackson. Once they escape with all three pearls in their possession, Percy, Grover, and Annabeth head into the Underworld, which is located (where else) under the Hollywood sign. Another nice touch because if there was a hell on earth, it would be in Los Angeles.
THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS