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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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