The Sands of Time and the dagger that controls them are in peril of being acquired by those who don’t understand their power and could change the world. Prince Dastan accidentally acquires the dagger and learns of its abilities from Princess Tamina. Together they race to save the world from almost certain destruction.
Jake Gyllenhaal (Dastan), Gemma Arterton (Tamina), Ben Kingsley (Nizam), Alfred Molina (Amar), Steve Toussaint (Seso), Toby Kebbell (Garsiv), Richard Coyle (Tus), Ronald Pickup (King Sharaman), Gisli Gardarsson (Hassansin Leader), Claudio Pacifico (Hassansin Porcupine).
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time begins with a bit of character history before moving to the storyline where the action and drama kicks into gear. The plot was solid enough but the amount and type of action coupled with extensive CGI and a bit of comedy makes this feel like a lot of other films that have come out over the past few years. Despite the action the film stayed with the plot to the end at which point the entire film felt like a setup for a sequel though closure was good enough this film can stand alone. What it seemed to be lacking was depth with somewhat superficial characters and insufficient meaningful dialogue.
Gyllenhaal was a strange choice for the lead and didn’t quite pull off the part with his goofy grin and shy boy look that was overused making the switch to hardcore warrior tough to swallow. Arterton was a joy and delivered very well with good emotion. Kingsley did nicely as always, as did Molina. Supporting work by the remainder of the cast was pretty good with the exception of Kebbell who also just didn’t feel like he fit the part.
Camera work was okay but the up close fight scenes were a bit disappointing as it was hard to see the action. Sets and backgrounds were exceptionally well done and enjoyable. CGI was extensive throughout the film and most was well done except toward the end of the film when it was obviously overdone. Dialogue was okay but as mentioned didn’t have the depth possible which would have added to the overall film quality. Sound and soundtrack were nicely done.
Overall Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a nicely done summer blockbuster action adventure film that is an excellent choice for family movie night. The movie is fairly fast paced and includes many elements yet is light enough to entertain most everyone. Not a Must See but definitely worth watching if you get the chance and enjoy the genre.
With plenty of action and violence this is another Disney flick that should be fine for teens and above.
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As of 10.16.10 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is not showing in any Littleton Colorado theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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