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Movie Review: Prince of Persia

Written By: Harold Schossman



Movie adaptations of popular video games have had a difficult childhood; in no small part thanks to “king of trash” director Uwe Boll who has tainted the genre for good as it would seem. Sure there have been valiant efforts Tomb Raider, Resident Evil were all good fun but has there been a truly awesome movie based on a video game? Well there is one now! Leave it to mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) to deliver Prince Of Persia - Sands Of Time at long last a fantastic film based on a game!

The film centers on the adopted Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal)  and his key involvement in the conquest of an Iraqi city suspected of harboring weapons. Ignoring the protests of the city’s Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) Dastan’s brother Prince Tus (Richard Coyle) claims her as his wife. To celebrate their victory Tus hands a gown to Dastan who presents the gift to their father. Within minutes the monarch is killed by a murderous poison laced into the robe and Dastan has no choice but to flee the city with Tamina and a mystical dagger filled with grains of sand that can turn back time.

Prince Of Persia is a fun summer blockbuster that combines adventure, action, romance and some mystery - ingredients that are somewhat reminiscent of Bruckheimer’s hugely successful Pirates Of The Caribbean films. While the characters are not as quirky as Jack Sparrow director Mike Newell made a clear effort to stay true to the game’s jump and run nature as Dastan climbs and jumps across the city in every conceivable way. An incredibly beefed up Jake Gyllenhaal is the spitting image of the game’s title character while Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace) makes a wonderful princess Tamina, a role that will certainly put her on the map as an A list movie star.

Like any Jerry Bruckheimer film the production quality is state-of-the-art, wonderful exotic locations beautifully photographed with a great score by Harry-Gregson Willams set just the right tone for this spectacle which could very well be the beginning of a new series.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Correspondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.