Jun 2, 2010
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (2010)
The name of our hero is Prince Dastan (also means hero in Persian). Dastan previously was a street rambler who was adopted by King Sharaman to live among royalty in his kingdom. And now with his mystical dagger and accompanied by enchanted Princess Tamina, he has to clear his name and finds the truth while he is falsely accused as King’s murderer. Since 1989, we have known “Prince of Persia” as a famous video game which is created by Jordan Mechner. In thiz movie, the chemistry between Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) is identical with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley character in the trilogy of “Pirates of the Caribbean” (2003-2007), which is also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney. In summary, they fight and they love each other. The other Cast members, Alfred Molina delivers some funny and comical moments as Sheik Amar. Ben Kingsley provides a firm performance as Dastan’s mysterious uncle named Nizam. All actions (sword fighting, horse racing, arrows war, etc.) are typical action sequences in thiz kind of adventure, except the jumping scene that have become specific characteristic of “Prince of Persia”. With slow motion and precise camera angles, thiz scene seems to work quite well. The film Director is Mike Newell, the man behind “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994), "Donnie Brasco" (1997), “Mona Lisa Smile” (2003) and the fourth Harpot movie "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005). My critics for Newell's directing is the storytelling and editing are too fast in most of the times. For the result, the character development doesn't work well. The ending is meant to be twisted. But on second thought, since he has a magical time-machine dagger, it’s supposed that all problems can be solved easily, so what the conflicts are all about in the first place? All I want to say is the storyline could have been better. The plots still have many holes. With those time travel elements, they should be able to make thiz story becomes more interesting. Just like Prince Dastan once said, ”Difficult, not impossible.”
Stars : 6/10
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