Movie Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.
116 min

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Directed By: Mike Newell
Written By: Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro
Staring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Toby Kebbel, Alfred Molina, Richard Coyle
Finally a movie that is actually decent that has been spawned from a video game. There have been many failed attempts and no successes in my opinion. Then again we have Uwe Boll to thank for producing utter crap that makes other movies look good. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time does not need much bolstering from lower grade films in my opinion, it stands firmly on its own merit.
It has everything that makes for a good action-adventure film. From start to finish there was action sequences which is the major reason for this films success. I would never go into this film expecting much more than some witty lines, intense action sequences and a beautiful woman, played by Gemma Arterton.
I must confess I have never played the video games that this film is based on because I just recently got back into playing games. I have seen some of the wonderful graphics and action that a player can do in game. I loved the ability to do death defying leaps and some great sword play from what I have seen from the game. No need to worry, all of those elements are in this film and more.
One of the factors that separates Prince of Persia aside from other failed video game to film attempts is a great cast. I can not think of a strong combination of cast members for a film of this type. I mean come on, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina, they are great actors in my opinion. As usual Kingsley was menacing and powerful on screen. Alfred Molina added the well needed bits of humor to the film. I am looking forward to seeing him as the bad guy in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
I also think that Jake Gyllenhaal was a perfect casting decision as the lead. He was great in the non action sequences and equally strong during the action sequences. You have to give it to the producers as well for their use of a action double that looked very much alike. I loved RockNRolla and enjoyed Toby Kebbel’s role in that film. He was not great in this role but he was decent.
I think Gemma Arterton is falling into place as the beautiful female sidekick in films as of late. I did not like that her hair style in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia were similar. It almost looked as if she left the set of Titans in full makeup and went to her next film. I think that she is a good actress and hope to see more of her in films. I mean who would not, she is beautiful.
Another good part of this film is that Disney was behind it. That is a major reason aside from the cast and the fact that the storyline stuck to that of the video game mostly. Disney has done well with live action films that are period pieces like that of Pirates of the Caribbean. I think the costumes and production value are really good which also sets this film above and beyond its video game based predecessors.
The Bottom Line:
I loved the action, the acting and the pacing of this film. You get everything that you could imagine and more with this film. There is no false advertising and for once I felt that not everything was shown during trailers so there was some great action sequences. I really think this is the perfect film to see right now and is the best action film in theaters right now.

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