Archive for May 28th, 2010

28th May
2010
written by Adam

After a warring family of Persians invades a holy city suspected of producing arms for another country, Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is framed for the murder of his father, King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup). Now an outcast, Dastan must try to convince his brothers of his innocence all the while trying to figure out what the ulterior motives are for the mysterious princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton). How will Dastan get into the good graces of his brothers and what of his Uncle Nizam (Sir Ben Kingsley)? Granted, anytime you take a video game and try to come up with a story for the big screen you’re already playing with some degree of fire; and, while the writers for this flick didn’t completely fail, they could have done better. The film has this bizarre pacing thing going on, a lot happens in a very short amount of time, and the film is just under two hours long, yet somehow you feel like you’ve been sitting in the theatre for three hours… or more, weird. Decent enough acting from all involved helps the film maintain some balance. But I gotta say, the action scenes left me wanting more. In short, a number of the actors are supposed to be masters of Parkour, the art of leaping and bounding over staircases, buildings and obstacles. This would be cool, except director Mike Newell decided to shoot everything up close with a handheld camera which robs the viewer of the real awe and spectacle of what’s happening. Bottom line this is the matinee film for Dads and kids while mom is at Sex and the City 2 this weekend.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is rated PG-13.

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28th May
2010
written by Adam

The beloved foursome, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) are back together again. Last we saw the ladies their lives were all getting back on track and off to great adventures. Now two years later the four regroup to share the woes of motherhood, job stresses, relationship gripes, and the hurdles of menopause, all while placed in picturesque Abu Dhabi. But how will the gang handle themselves in a different and considerably more conservative culture? Now years since the first show ever aired on HBO, there seems to be little left for the actors to explore as fresh character development, a pattern that carries over to the rest of the screenplay as well. The end result is a storyline that just kind of sits there like a lump, we get an exotic location and that’s cool, but nothing really seems to happen. The jokes are there, the fashion is there, the girls are there, but the overall magic, well, it’s just not there. Does this make for a bad film, not necessarily, but it doesn’t make for a great film either. A few kitchey moments also stick out like sore thumbs and should have perhaps been left on the cutting room floor, I’m thinking a karaoke scene and a final showdown with a mob of angry Arabs in particular; that might have brought the runtime to something a little less stinging than the already long 2 hours and 26 minutes. Maybe a matinee for the ladies, Sex and the City 2 is rated R.

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