Prince of Persia Review

Prince of Persia ReviewJerry Bruckheimer delivers another over-the-top fantasy action film, this time based on a video game. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is very similar to the Pirates of the Carribean series, with otherworldly aesthetics (a Bruckheimer hallmark) and feats of strength and ability that defy the laws of physics. In sixth century Persia, a street urchin named Dastan, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is adopted by the King after outmanouvering his guards following an altercation in a local market. Years later, he and his brothers participate in an attack on the sacred and holy city of Alamut and Dastan comes into the possession of a dagger that has the ability to turn back time. The shapely Princess Tamina, played by Gemma Arterton (Strawberry Fields from Quantum of Solace), makes an attempt to get it back and eventually enlists the help of Dastan in preventing the end of the world. Okay so the story is a little more complex than that but you get the gist. Regardless Dastan and the fair princess are taken prisoner or cornered a half a dosen times but manage to escape unscathed, every time (a dagger that lets you roll by the clock does come in handy). One of the figures always hot on their heels is the ostrich racing and tax hating Sheik Amar, played by Alfred Molina, a lesser known but great actor who provides a lot of much need laughter in this film. Sir Ben Kingsley plays one of the main characters and is ace, as usual. The visuals in this film are stunning, the huge digital cities are the stuff of an Asian Lord of the Rings and the special effects are well done. Fight scenes are inspired by The Matrix and chase scenes by The Bourne Ultimatum, though the video game is famous for it’s rooftop action. Alright, myth and magic play a role in the story, but just once I’d like to see a bloody nose or a chipped tooth from a misstep. Just because fantasy is involved doesn’t mean a film can’t be realistic, but I play that harp too often. It’s not a very serious film but it’s pure entertainment, if you’re looking for character development, or characters with any depth or motivations besides the plainly obvious, look elsewhere.

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