A few weeks back I was invited to a super sneaky sneak preview of Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time at the London Headquarters of Disney. They tortured me by treating me to a once in a lifetime experience in their screening room and then swearing me to secrecy until after the premiere, so I have been bursting with excitement and frustration ever since. I should warn you, I'm not a film critic or a particularly good writer, just a Prince of Persia enthusiast!! Anyhow here goes...
The makers of Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney Pictures and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, join forces with award-winning director Mike Newell (Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire) for the blockbuster movie event of the summer, PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME – an epic action-packed adventure set across the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess and together they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time – a gift from the gods that can turn back time and allow its possessor to rule the world. Source: Disney Pictures
Review of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time:
Prince of Persia strikes the perfect balance between action, adventure, humour and romance, and is reminiscent of the much loved classic adventure movies we grew up with, like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Romancing the Stone. The film is set amid rolling sand dunes and the combination of impressive cinematography and the sweeping orchestral music had me completely hooked from the first minute of the film.
I can't say that I was overly impressed with the "mysterious princess" (Gemma Arterton) - there was something about her that seemed a bit wooden and out of place, though perhaps that was intentional given her situation. I was similarly a little disappointed with Sir Ben Kingsley's character - he is a superb actor, but the script doesn't give him much room and as a result his character was somewhat lacking in intensity. Good, yes, but I was hoping for a powerful character along the lines of Saruman from The Lord of the Rings.
Jake Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, makes the film his own. Much like our swashbuckling hero Indiana Jones or even Captain Jack Sparrow, his character will win over any audience with its charm, cheekiness and dry humour. It's safe to say his incredibly sexy unkempt look certainly doesn't hurt. He was a perfect choice for the role of Dastan, and I think we'll be seeing him cast as the lead in many more of these fun adventure and action movies.
The film is packed with exhilarating and beautifully choreographed action sequences. Fans of the Prince of Persia game will appreciate the fluidity of some of Jake Gyllenhaal's moves - the style and tone are true to the game, but executed in a much more subtle way than most game-inspired films.
I won't give any more away... All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and am really looking forward to its official release in UK cinemas so I can see it again!
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