Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton,
Directed By: Mike Newell
Written By: Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard
Action Adventure mixed with legends and myths is one of my favorite genre and with adaptations of popular computer games for big screen its moving up my list. Tomb Raider-Lara Croft, Resident Evil, Max-Payne etc to this long list of computer game adaptations another name was added this may "Prince Of Persia : The Sands Of Time". A large scale project from house of Jerry Buckheimer which should have been and should be seen on big screen for sure.
Dastan ( Jake Gyllenhaal ) is the youngest son of King Sharaman the ruler of the Persian empire but an adopted son. Dastan stands shoulder to shoulder with his two brothers Tus(Richard Coyle) and Garsiv (Toby Kebbell) and their uncle Nizam ( Ben Kingsley) brother of King Sharaman and the adviser to the kingdom along with Persian army led by Tus at the gates of the holy city of Alamut. King Sharaman had ordered that the city of Alamut should not be touched, so Tus summons his war council. In the war council Nizam pushes for attack on the city by presenting evidence of Alamut supplying the Persian enemies with deadly weapons and is able to get his way. Garsiv is given the honor of first attack at dawn. Dastan knows that an attack on the walled city of Alamut would be a massacre of the Persian troops, so he decides to break in with his band of solders.. Dastan and his men are able to break open the side doors of the walled city which makes it easier for the Persian troops to enter Alamut and taste victory. The princess of Alamut, Tamina(Gemma Arterton) is famous for her beauty and she is also a guardian of a secret dagger. As soon as she is informed about a Persian attack she asks one of her commanders to take the dagger to a safer location but the commander is intercepted by Dastan who is able to get hold of the Dagger. The King of Persia arrives at Alamut and questions the attack on Alamut, to which Tus promises his father to return with evidence of Alamut's treachery against Persia and leaves. Before leaving Tus gives Dastan a cape to be presnted to the King by him. King accepts Dastan's gift and wears it but soon his body starts to burn and he dies. Since Dastan presented the cape to the King everyone believes he is the one who poisoned it and Dastan has to run for his life in which he is assisted by princess Tamina who knows the city too well. How Dastan is able to prove his innocence, find the real culprit and able to uncover the secret and powers of the dagger is what the full on action adventure odyssey is all about.
In an action adventure movies like Prince of Persia the main attraction are the special effects and Prince of Persia has a lot. But yes the best view would be in the theater near you, not like me in bed on the laptop. The movie is highly entertaining , there is nothing new story wise for those who have played the game but yes there are few things picked up from the other two releases of the game. Few of the effects are fantastic specially the climax where whole of the city is pulled downwards. Parkour seems to be the in thing now days in action adventure movies and Prince of Persia has few highly entertaining sequences based on the sport. Though who can forget the Parkour sequence in Casino Royal but the sequences here are more entertaining because of narrow lanes and the amount of props in the way.
Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan looks just fine but I could see the hard-work he must have put into getting ready for this character. The lanky boy from October Sky to the beefed up street smart , flying Persian prince Jake has definitely come a long way. There was no sincere attempt by any of the characters to adopt an accent , which i thought might have looked better. The fight sequences are fine specially the ones where the dreaded specialist killers Hassansins were involved. I feel it must have be the origin of our times dread killers assassins. Ben Kingsley is ok, not a note worthy performance from a seasoned actor. He just sleep walks through his role, since its an action adevnture movie anyone hardly cares and the actors don't have much to show for. But out of the whole cast only Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar a local ostrich racing-organizer and tax-averse entrepreneur standsout. He is funny and gives a lively performance. Gemma Arterton looked really beautiful. She lived up to her characters fame, as the real beauty. She is fine as Tamina, the princess of Alamut and the guardian of the dagger.
The highlights are definitely the special effects but I felt what kept the interest was the pace with which the movie plays through. Its a long movie with 115 minute running time but never once i felt bored. It keeps going and never slows down, so u don't need to put in any mind , just sit back n enjoy. A lot of credit goes to Mike Newell, someone with experience and such awesome movies like The Awakening, Donnie Brasco, Mona Lisa Smile tucked under his belt , he brings the game extremely well to the big canvas. Prince of Persia was a very big project and I feel the way Mike has done it , he might have out done the expectations of many, at least mine he did. I wasn't expecting the movie to be so much fun.
Prince of Persia is definitely a one time watch , its very energetic and 2 hours well spent.
Plus : Very entertaining
Rating : 7/10
P.S : watch it on the big screen.