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Prince of Persia (2010) Movie Review

May 28, 2010

Lately movie studios decided that, with the popularity of games, making a movie based on a successful game would be profitable.  So far this hasn’t really proven to be true.  The resulting movies have been largely a waste of time.  Of course, before “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”, none of the video game movies was produced by someone as legendary for making popular blockbusters as Jerry Bruckheimer.  “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is based on a video game by the same name.

The movie starts with the siege of a castle fortress.  Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhall) separates from the rest of the force and scales the wall in an area where defenses are weaker.  Dastan’s initiative eventually leads to victory for the Persian army and after a number of twists, Dastan ends up on the run along with Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) who is from the city they just defeated.  Dastan soon realizes that he has a special dagger that can control the sands of time and sets off on a quest in order to destroy it before it falls into the wrong hands.

The story is solid and keeps you interested while including a few twists.  The characters aren’t that well developed but there is some nice romantic chemistry between Tamina and Dastan.  There are a good number of action scenes that are entertaining and frequent.  There are also a few parts that are funny in the same way as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies were.  The soundtrack is fitting even though it doesn’t really stand out.  Harry Gregson-Williams wrote a soundtrack that uses instruments similar to the music from the original games.  If you enjoy summer blockbuster style movies, especially the Pirates trilogy, you should watch “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” for a solid adventure.

4/5

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From → Action, Fantasy

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