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Movie robs 'Lightning Thief' of its middling magic

If motion pictures that astound you or break new artistic ground are the reason you go to the movies, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is not for you. But then you already knew that, didn't you?

As directed by the risk-averse and reliably commercial Chris Columbus, "Percy Jackson" has standard Hollywood product so written all over it that the fact that it is unadventurous and uninteresting can be figured out from the film's advertising and promotion material alone.

What can't be known without seeing the film, however, is the only-in-Hollywood risk the producers, director Columbus and writer Craig Titley have taken. They started...