Whenever watching a movie that is based on a video game, you have to expect a disappointment, right? Disney’s Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010) definitely falls into the category of disappointing, and even borders on ridiculous. The only saving grace is that underneath all of the computer graphics, the ludicrous plot, and the absurd action scenes, Prince Of Persia is kind of fun.
Under the watchful eye of his brother Nazam (Ben Kingsley), King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup) has sent his three sons into battle for the Persian Empire. The oldest brother, Tus (Richard Coyle), has been put in charge of the Persian Army, and his younger brother, Garsiv (Toby Kebbell), and Uncle Nazam try to convince him that they should attack the sacred city of Alamut. Tus and Garsiv also have an adopted brother, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), who thinks that the city of Alamut should be left alone. Tus follows with the majority, and the attack is planned.
During the battle, Dastan acquires an unusual dagger that the Alamut princess, Tamina (Gemma Arterton), was trying to sneak out of the city. After the fighting is complete, Tamina sees that Dastan has the weapon and agrees to marry Tus in order to stay near the dagger.
King Sharaman arrives at Alamut and Dastan presents him with a prayer robe that has been poisoned without Dastan’s knowledge. Dastan is accused of being a murderer and a traitor, and with the help of Tamina, escapes Alamut. Dastan soon discovers that the dagger has the ability to go back in time up to one minute. Along with Tamina, Dastan embarks on an adventure to discover who killed his father and is ultimately trying to take over the empire.
Although the plot seems quite complicated, it is easy to follow and predictable with its direction. Really the plot just gets in the way of the action anyway. The entire movie is one action scene after another. I think computer effects were used in every scene, and many scenes seemed to be filled completely with effects. If you are looking for a movie where Jake Gyllenhaal runs, jumps, leaps, falls and tumbles for just short of two hours, then you have come to the right place. The one thing he didn’t do enough, was fight. Most scenes involve him running instead of engaging his enemy in combat, and when you have a movie based on an action video game, one would think there would be more…you know, fighting.
It was a much different role for Gyllenhaal. I don’t think of him as this kind of an action star, but he pulled it off relatively well. As I have already said, he isn’t given the opportunity to do much fighting (or acting), but he still possesses the ability to combine the action scenes with a touch of comic relief. The beautiful Gemma Arterton is an up and comer that hasn’t quite made it to the upper echelon status that Disney expected of her. She is an interesting casting decision because she is relatively unknown to most of the world, but she has made a name for herself as a talented young actress. She appeared in the Bond film Quantum Of Solace (2008), and Clash Of The Titans (2010), but still hasn’t achieved the recognition that I think is in her future. Look for her in this winter’s Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) starring opposite Jeremy Renner. Perhaps that will be the movie to push her fully into the spotlight.
Disney was attempting to make another franchise that could follow the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, but I don’t think this worked out the way they were hoping. It still made money, but it doesn’t have the same following as Pirates. (Does that surprise anyone?) With all of that said, it was still fun to watch, and was filled with the light-hearted fun that I have come to expect from most Disney movies. I doubt they were trying to make a critically acclaimed film, but rather were in the business of entertaining with this one. Prince Of Persia was fun to watch, but not something to be remembered.Back to Home for More Reviews