Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Dastan, an orphan boy adopted by the king, becomes a fugitive after being framed for killing the king of Persia. Escaping with the brutish but mysterious princess Tamina, Dastan struggles with the harshness of the badlands and to find the true killer. After some challenging interactions with a band of outlaws, he partners with them to take on the Persian empire and clear his name. Along the way, a mysterious dagger arises as the main interest for the rival groups, leading Dastan to believe there is more to the dagger than just a weapon.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal (Dastan), Gemma Arterton (Tamina), Ben Kingsley (Nizam), Alfred Molina (Sheik Amar), Steve Toussaint (Seso), Toby Kebbell (Garsiv), Richard Coyle (Tus), Ronald Pickup (King Sharaman)

Jake Gyllenhaal was considered an interesting choice for the role of Dastan, but got himself in shape to play the role of an acrobatic fugitive. At times he appears to seem like a deer in the headlights, but this simply was not designed as a film that allowed him to best display his talents. The princess, played by Gemma Arterton, immediately has a rough side and stays fairly angry throughout the whole film. She provides a consistent performance but, similar to Gyllenhaal, the film was not designed to focus as much on acting talent. The strongest of the actors was Ben Kingsley, who develops the role of the villain with both deception and rage.

Disney took on a well known video game franchise and converted it to a feature movie, similar to adaptations of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil. While the special effects and cinematography are excellent and the story is fairly decent, the end result feels incomplete and unsatisfying. Most video game or comic adaptations struggle with the acting portion of the movie and tend to focus more on the public popularity over the true substance. Ignoring the fantasy elements of the movie, the story had the potential for being as strong as others like Gladiator or even closer to at least Kingdom of Heaven.

I found myself only half invested while watching this film. There are some spectacular choreographed action sequences, but the overall film falls a bit flat.

Dan’s Rating: 2.0/5


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