Saturday, October 18, 2014

Percy Jackson (Double Feature)

Based on the young adult novels of Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and its sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters come off as Harry Potter-lite with a Clash of the Titans-level understanding and use of various mythological elements.

Centered around Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) - the son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), and his fellow demi-gods Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), both films feature the threesome embarking on some kind of quest to both learn about themselves and retrieve a powerful mythological weapon which has been stolen.
In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (read the full review) Percy learns of his true parentage and sets with his two new friends to retrieve the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus (Sean Bean). In the second movie (read the full review) the group must retrieve the Golden Fleece and stop the resurrection of Kronos (Robert Knepper) and the Titans.

As with most of these multi-movie sets, the Blu-ray and DVD extras have been stripped away. Those concerned with owning only with the two movies themselves, without any extras, may consider picking up the set. However, it is worth noting that currently you can find both movies on DVD and Blu-ray for a combined price less than what you will spend here. Given my lukewarm reaction to each film they wouldn't be something I would permanently add to my collection as they are neither dramatic nor campy enough to hide their various flaws.

[20th Century Fox, Blu-ray $34.99 / DVD $24.98]

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