Release Date
May 28, 2010
Director
Mike Newell
Screenplay
Boaz Yakin
Doug Miro
Carlo Bernard
Distributed By
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Budget
$150-200 million
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
116 minutes

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

Prince of Persia-The Sands Of Time takes all the major plot points from several of its Disney predecessors and combines them into a live action Arabian family feud film, with a hint of the metaphysical and mythological. Though well cast, the film falls short of a film such as 300 and rides the fine line between child’s film and adult action adventure.

Prince of Persia is a product of Disney, and you can tell. Just like Pirates of the Caribbean was a Walt Disney production, taking the obscene lives of pirates and making them PG-13 so that kids can still enjoy the drunken and vulgar sea-dwelling swashbucklers is something only this company can conceive. Themes from several classic animated films present themselves. The most obvious is Aladdin, with the desert setting and the similar character of the street urchin turned prince (of Persia). The other film that the storyline follows is The Lion King, with the idea of backstabbing siblings and sinister relatives looking to take the throne. Disney has proved for years that these formulas work, but drastically takes away from any originality that film might have possessed.

The metaphysical element of the film took the basic, bottom line story to a completely different level. As long as an audience member is expecting this twist, which I (and most movie trailers) suggest heavily, there should be little to no hatred for a sword that wields the power to travel back in time as long as there is sand in the hilt. If one had not caught a trailer for the film, you are hopefully aware that the film was based on a video game of the same storyline and title, thus, passing on many of the game’s unique action sequence maneuvers to that of which Jake Gyllenhaal enacts throughout the film.

The biggest hinderance in my immediate viewing of the film was Jake Gyllenhaal playing a Persian, with an accent and a muscular build, a part he has rarely played. In all honesty, and as sad as it appears, Gyllenhaal will always stick out to me as the kid from Bubble Boy, the odd boy from Donnie Darko, and the homosexual cowboy from Brokeback Mountain, none of which resemble this particular role, (although he does show little interest in Gemma Arterton and spends a lot of time rolling around the dirt with other men). However, within the first few minutes of the film, Gyllenhaal proves himself and garners my respect for the rest of the film, rarely loosing that respect and fitting his role with an ease he has not yet displayed in most of his well known features.

Gemma Arterton has proved her worth as an actress many times over in the few roles she has appeared in. Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace, and Rock’N’Rolla proved to be great endeavors for her and she continues her niche in Prince of Persia-The Sands of Time as the fast talking princess. Her voice is just as soothing as her graceful looks and she definitely solidifies her future, especially in the action adventure genre.

Toss Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina into any film, and expect results. These men were born to act and they prove this by rounding out the young cast of the film.

Though I expect the film would have been much better in the hands of a different production company, the fact that I was not turned off by Prince of Persia-The Sands of Time was a feat upon itself. I did enjoy the adventure the film embarked its audience on, but felt the magical fairy wings poking through the ever present Disney insignia. Perhaps one day, Disney will learn to stick to its animation and refrain from live action adventures like Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Pirates of the Caribbean, but until then I will continue to be just mildly amused by their products rather than completely dazzled.

 

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