5/29/2010

Movie Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)


I played the very first Prince of Persia game in my old PC in the 1990's and it was a slick game. So when I saw the trailer for the the very first Prince of Persia movie (although it was based on a later version of the game), I was pretty amped up. I figured this could be a good franchise.

But after watching the movie, I hope they won't make a sequel.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has the signature of Jerry Bruckheimer film, but it falls flat on generating excitement and memorable action sequences. The chemistry between the titular prince (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) and the princess (played by Gemma Arterton), one of the key parts of the making the movie go forward, is as generic as they come.

The sense of adventure seems to be lost in the whole movie's preoccupation with sand, time travel, and politics. There's no major threat to give folks a big reason to root for the Prince. The supporting characters, save of Alfred Molina's, are forgettable. If you're a fan of big twists though, you'll like how the film wraps up.

For me, the ultimate flaw of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is doesn't have enough character the great ones have. All you have is just... sand.


Rating: 1.5/5


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