Saturday, December 25, 2010

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Steve Toussaint, Toby Kebbell , Richard Coyle, and Ronald Pickup
Directed by Mike Newell

Release Date: May 28, 2010

Based on the popular video game series, producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings the Prince of Persia to the big screen starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Alfred Molina, and Ben Kingsley.

Many years ago, King Sharaman (Pickup) discovered a young street urchin named Dastan whom he saw much potential and courage in; so much so that the King adopted the young man into his family and made him a brother to princes Tus and Garsiv. Fifteen years later, all three princes have grown and now Dastan (Gyllenhaal), has become well known as a warrior and layabout. The three princes attack the holy city of Alamut, from the word of their uncle (Kingsley)'s spy that weapons are being made for enemies of Persia. Soon, a myserious object falls into Dastan's hands and the princess (Arterton) is tagging along to make sure that Armaggeddon does not befall mankind due to the Sands of Time...

Obviously, the advertisements for the film were aimed at fans of Bruckheimer's last Disney epic, Pirates of the Carribean, and with good reason. The "Pirates" movies were able to adapt a simple premise into a big-budget adventure film with a lot of entertaining action and fun for kids and adults. Prince of Persia is very similar, as the film is able to adapt the popular video game to please fans and be able to tell an entertaining story with plenty of scenes with swash-buckling swordplay and parkour jumping on rooftops. The cast is definitely having fun with the material, particularly Gyllenhaal and Molina. Kingsley is a tad too stoic at times as Uncle Nizam, but still does a commendable job in his part.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a fun adventure for fans of the video game and adventure movie fans.
Rating: * * * * of 5

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [Blu-ray]

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