Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 58 mins

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It's the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson's Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they're not happy: Zeus's lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy's mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.
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Film Type:
Feature Film
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English
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Dolby, Dolby Digital
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
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Goofs:
Character Error
The substitute teacher, Mrs. Dodds, writes, "I understand a fury in your words But not your words" on the blackboard, when the actual line from Othello 4.2 is, "I understand a fury in your words. But not the words".

Continuity
In the Capture the Flag scene, a warrior of the red team shears off the blue horsehair plume on Percy's helmet with his sword. However, in all of the following scenes the plume is complete again.

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After Percy enters the Lotus Casino in Vegas, the designs on his blue shirt are suddenly gone.

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At Auntie Em's Emporium her lip color changes between scenes from red to purple.

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In one scene, when Percy is new to the camp, he & Chiron are talking alone by the lake. When the camera is on Chiron, Chiron's arms are folded. But, when the camera switches to Percy, Chiron's arms are suddenly down.

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After Percy beheads Medusa, her body is on the ground as Percy is wiping the sword clean. On her arm is the green pearl in plain sight, but when Percy bends down to pick up her head the pearl is covered by her sleeve.

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When Percy is in the Demigod infirmary after the fight with the Minotaur, there is a shield seen leaning against the table next to him as he sleeps. He is then woken up by Grover, the camera angle return to Percy sitting up, and the shield is gone.

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Pigeons outside the window of Percy's house disappear and reappear between shots.

Continuity
In the scene where Percy and Annabeth are talking by the pool, Annabeth has a red mark on her arm, which she explains was given by the woman who was turned to stone by Medusa. However, in the scene she is describing, there is no trace of the mark.

Factual Mistake
When Chiron in centaur form walks, he looks strange - but it's not because of bad CGI. It's because a horse, like all four-legged animals, walks with a four-beat gait; whereas whoever animated Chiron clearly didn't know this and tried to force the "walk" into a two-beat, unnatural gait.

Revealing Mistakes
When Percy, Annabeth and Grover come to Luke to ask for help he is playing Call of Duty with a Playstation 3 controller while on screen Xbox 360 buttons are seen.

Revealing Mistakes
In the scene in Auntie Em's. Where Annabeth first runs into Medusa, she is wearing a turban. According to lore, Medusa has a head full of snakes, rather than hair. In that scene there is a small piece of blonde hair visible peeking out of the right side of the turban. Uma Thurman has blonde hair.

Revealing Mistakes
The statue of Athena in the Parthenon in Nashville is not the actual statue. The real statue is gold plated, has a different headpiece and is holding Nike not a spear.

Revealing Mistakes
During the fight with Medusa, she knocks over a row of statues which fall on Percy, trapping him. As he tries to free himself it is clear that he was not stuck; none of the statues was even touching him.

Revealing Mistakes
While the pearl is spinning on the roulette, and the pearl is behind the handle that sticks up, you still see the green pearl reflection as if it never moved.

Revealing Mistakes
Annabeth is not able to release her arm from the hand grip of the woman turned into stone by Medusa but when Grover cuts off the stoned statue's arm with his sword, Annabeth is able to remove the stoned hand grip by simply shaking it off although it is clear that it was not broken.

Revealing Mistakes
In the scene after Percy severs Medusa's head, there is no blood on his sword. After when walking to meet his friends he is seen wiping blood from it.

Revealing Mistakes
The woman who is in Auntie Em's Garden Emporium opens her eyes and turns into stone, her hand is resting on Annabeth's arm, but in the next shot, it is closed tightly around it.

Revealing Mistakes
In the final shot, the leaves on the small trees in front are noticeably being blown by the wind, but the leaves on the taller trees in back are perfectly still.
Trivia:
In the original book, Percy Jackson is 12 years old. He is 17 in the film.

When they drive off from the Casino, they are in a Maserati, which happens to have the trident as emblem.

When Chiron is calling for the campers to gather around to go over the rules for Capture the Flag, he yells for Dylan and Paris to stop "lollygagging". Chiron is played by Pierce Brosnan, whose two younger sons are named Dylan and Paris.

When in the Parthenon Museum, Annabeth begins telling Percy a story about her mother, Athena. The story she tells is the Greek myth about how the capital city Athens got its name. The citizens of the city were arguing over which god to name the city after. The two choices were Athena and Poseidon, Percy's father. Both agreed that they would bestow a gift onto the town, and whichever gift was deemed more useful, that giver would have the town named after them. Poseidon stuck his trident into the ground, and created a spring, which the townspeople could use the water from. Unfortunately, the water turned out to be too salty and therefore useless. Athena presented a single olive tree. The people realized the tree had many uses: Its fruit for eating, its wood for building and burning, the oil from its fruit for cooking and for bathing, and the pits of the olives could be planted, therefore bringing up more olive trees. The people agreed the olive tree was more useful, and therefore named the city "Athens", in honor of Athena.

In Greek Mythology Medusa was turned into a Gorgon because her great beauty lead to her being raped by Poseidon, Percy's father, in the temple of Athena, Annabeth's mother, who took offense and cursed her. Hence Medusa's hatred for them, and her reference to unfinished business.

The substitute teacher, Mrs. Dodds, writes, "I understand a fury in your words But not your words" from Othello 4.2 on the blackboard. Shortly thereafter, she turns into a Fury.

In Greek mythology (at least in the classical version), Athena is a daughter of Zeus, which makes Annabeth Percy's first cousins once removed.

Percy was named, by his mother, after Perseus, Zeus' demigod son, and therefore Percy's cousin, who battled against Medusa, cutting off and collecting her head, which Percy also does. Perseus then gives the head to Athena, Annabeth's mother, who places it on her shield, the Aegis.

In Greek mythology, the goddess Athena is a symbol of virginity. She never had any children. But in the books, it is said that Athena would create the children using her mind, being the goddess of wisdom. Adding in the traits of the father of the child and adding in some of her own.

Chiron was also known for training several heroes: Asclepius, Aristaeus, Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Achilles, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, Perseus, and Heracles.

The hydra Percy faces in the Parthenon Museum in Nashville was a creature in Greek mythology. It was the offspring of Echidna and Typhon. The Greek hero Heracles (known more commonly by his Roman name, "Hercules") defeated the hydra by cutting off most of the heads, save for the one immortal head, having his nephew cauterize the wounds with a burning torch, and burying the remaining head with a large boulder.

In the book, Annabeth is a blonde and has grey eyes. But in the movies, Alexandra Daddario who plays Annabeth is a brunette with blue eyes.

The statue of Athena at the Parthenon in Tennessee has a carving of Medusa on her chest plate.

'Ray Winstone' can be briefly seen as Ares at Olympus. In some shots, you can see him sitting on his throne in between Demeter and Athena, whereas others, he has gone.

Luke is seen playing the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009). Kevin McKidd is a voice actor for that videogame.

In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur and a master of the healing arts, and passed that knowledge on to the mortal hero Asclepius.

Athena was a maiden goddess (she could never marry) yet she had children such as Annabeth because like herself her children are born from pure thought and given as a gift to the men she truly admires therefore she is able to have demigod children and still be a maden goddess.

When Luke is seen playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009), he is playing for the Militia, on the Favela level.

In the Greek Myths, Persephone was abducted by Hades into the Underworld, but Zeus demanded her return on earth. However Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds and was forced to stay in the Underworld during the winter months and returning to earth the rest of the year. However in the film, Percy Jackson had 10 more days until the summer solstice to return Zeus' master bolt and during the time Persephone was seen in the Underworld at summertime.

This film marked the second collaboration between Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean, following GoldenEye (1995), though their characters in this film never interact with each other.

In the lighting theif you can hear Annabeth say that the Parthenon in Nashville looks like the one in Nashville but means it looks like the one in Athens.
Movie Connection(s):
References: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (English)
References: Citizen Kane (English)
References: The Wizard of Oz (English)
Referenced in: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (English)