Prince of Persia The Sands of Time Movie Review

Prince of Persia The Sands of Time Movie Review

Fun, but will you remember it?

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a PG13 film, is based on the video game by Ubisoft, is too tame for even a PG13 rating and probably too tame for some of its intended audience of children and their families. It’s fluffy, light, attractive, snappy, harmless, and still doesn’t leave an aftertaste. The acting is okay and the effects are expert. The story is reminiscent of old Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks movies. Set in Ancient Persia, there are lots of deserts with the prerequisite sand and wind, daring horseback riding and sword play and a family chockfull of colorful princes, not to mention one beautiful princess. It is expected that the film’s gross will be, like the acting, just “okay.”

Jerry Bruckheimer, Producer, has created a slick product by choosing some of the best talent in the industry. Jake Gyllenhaal is Dastan, a warrior with acrobatic moves who is the adopted son of King Sharaman, the caring King, played by Ronald Pickup. Dastan’s two “brothers”, Prince Tus and Prince Garsiv, are played by Richard Coyle and Toby Kebbell, respectively. Gyllenhall has obviously been hitting the gym and speaks with a terrific British accent but still seems a bit low key. Dastan, Tus and Garsiv, lead by creepy Uncle Nizam (played by Ben Kingsley), attack the mythical city of Alamut to rid it of its secret weapons stash. The most special, of all of the wonderful special effects, is a dagger that spews sand that can reverse time and could destroy the earth, should it fall into the bad guy’s hands.

Gemma Arterton, plays Princess Tamina. Atherton and Gyllenhaal are directed adequately by Mike Newell but the romance falls a bit flat and the sex is not so sexy. This movie seems a bit too light for the talented and beautiful Atherton, known for her role in “Quantum of Solace.”

Alfred Molina, who is in the business of ostrich racing, is alternately menacing and funny. Steve Toussaint, another Englishman, plays an African knife thrower.

Kudos go to the film’s editors, Michael Kahn, Mick Audsley and Martin Walsh for keeping the film quick and sharp and to John Seale, cinematographer, for making the film so beautiful.

The adventure in the film is matched by Harry Gregson-Williams sweeping score

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