Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a 2010 fantasy film that was based on the first novel of the book series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It was directed by Chris Columbus, and the cast includes names such as Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan.
The movie starts with the Greek gods Zeus and Poseidon meeting on top of the Empire State Building in New York. Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson of stealing his lightning bolt and says that war will break out among the gods if it is not returned within two weeks. 16-year-old Percy Jackson, unaware of his true identity, attends a school visit to the museum where he is attacked by a fury trying to steal the lightning bolt. His teacher and his friend help him escape, and Percy ends up in a camp for demigods, where he learns his true identity. While there, Hades appears in front of Percy saying he has kidnapped his mother and will exchange her for the lightning bolt. Percy remains in camp for a while mastering his newly acquired abilities, and gets to know other demigods.
Some time later, he and his demigod friends go into the Underworld to retrieve his mother. They meet Hades and his wife Persephone, and Percy says he does not have the lightning bolt. Hades finds it hidden in the shield of Luke, the demigod son of Hermes, proving that Luke was in fact the thief. Persephone steps in and knocks Hades out because she is angry for being imprisoned in the Underworld and gives the bolt to Percy. The group returns to the surface, where they are attacked by Luke, who wants to destroy Olympus in order for the demigods to have a chance at ruling. After a duel, Percy defeats his rival, and hands the lightning bolt back to Zeus.