REVIEW: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The plot follows Dastan (Gyllenhaal), a street urchin in the Persian Empire. After showing courage in the market place, he is adopted by the king as his heir, so the king’s two sons will not fight over the throne. Later on, he teams up with Princess Tamina (Arterton) to stop a common enemy – the villainous Kings uncle Nizam (Kingsley) – and to take from him an ancient dagger known as “The Dagger of Time” (a valuable dagger which gives to its owner the ability to go back in time for short periods and change the past) and keep him from generating a sandstorm which could destroy the world.

There is something so eloquent about handling a sword, and in this film there is no shortage of it. This film is a welcome change to the normal Disney flicks and will appeal to the wide audience. Originally a video game, Prince of Persia does not stray too far from its roots, there are clearly aspects which have been taken from the game. For example, the way the camera pans around the scene, showing the route the characters have to take. Also, the way the camera switches between normal speed and slow motion is seamless and creates a brilliant effect.
The story gripped me and held my attention for the entire thing. It included all the elements of a good film such as a good story, action, comedy and romance (not the slushy kind). Jake Gyllenhaal, although I always considered him being an unlikely lead, really impressed me. His attitude and looks suited the character perfectly and looks just like the character from the original game. His acting is brilliant and his accent is perfect. I don’t know how much of the stunts were his own, but to be honest I don’t really care, the stunts were perfectly constructed and make Gyllenhaal too amazing.
As a new British star, Arterton was a brilliant choice for Princess Tamina. Her banter with Gyllenhaal seemed so natural that she was an amazing co-star to the big American name.
Alfred Molina stole the screen every time he was on – the Sheik was the main comedy character and his lines accompanied with expert timing, created laugh out loud moments. He could’ve done with more screen time, however, his input to the story was invaluable and he simply brightened the story.
I cannot wait for the DVD, it is definitely worth a watch and is the perfect fantasy film for all ages.

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