Let's see if I can do the story in a nutshell. At the start of the film Poseidon (greek god of the sea I believe) walks out of the water in Coney Island Brooklyn. Then he walks (it would appear) to Manhattan to meet Zeus at the top of Mt. Olympus (in the Empire State Building). Yes, I'm also wondering why Poseidon didn't just get out of the water in Manhattan - though I always love seeing the Astroland amusement part onscreen - so no complaints. Maybe he just wanted to stop at Mrs. Stahls for a knish - I'd hate to have been around when he found out they're out of business. Anyway ... Zeus is pissed because someone stole his lightening (you'd think he'd be more careful with something like that). Based on a history of bad blood he blames Poseidon - and assumes he used his son to steal it. Demanding it back he threatens war between the gods (and likely death to humanity) unless it's returned in two weeks. So to start, the Greek gods are real, along with any mythological creater that can be used in service of the story. Enter - Percy Jackson your average American dyslexic teen with a somewhat rough home life. Yep - you got it, son of Poseidon. Before you know it folks are after
liked the film far less than I but is totally correct that it seems ridiculously derivative from the Harry Potter books. Right down to Percy and two friends, one male slightly dorky but willing to do anything for
I could go on - but honestly, you're just going to go or not. If you're a huge fan of the books, or a youngster I have no idea how you're going to react. But I'll roll the dice on the next one - assuming they make enough money to go again.
Oh, and if you are going to see the film, afterward can you take a look at the spoiler related questions past the jump and let me know if you've got any insight there?
Minor spoilers ahead:
And if anyone sees the film and can explain exactly why Grover continues to cart his crutches around once Percy know the deal I would be truly grateful. Seriously...
Bonus points if someone can explain how exactly it was a good idea at the training camp games for them to fight full throttle with swords? At any point in the capture the flag sequence if someone had taken a swipe with the bladed end instead of cracking folks with a sword handle and/or elbow we could have been watching Kill Bill instead of a PG film. That just seemed lame at a level meeting or exceeding The A-Team's ability in the 80's to spray bullets (not to mention grenades) week after week without actually hitting anyone.