Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Adopted from the streets of Nasaf by King Sharaman of Persia, young Dastan grows up amongst royalty and quickly earns his place as a mighty warrior and prince. As his brothers Garsiv and Tus plan battle strategies, a spy sends word that the Holy City of Alamut has been supplying weapons to enemies of Persia. Taking matters into his own hands, Tus orders an attack on the sacred city and upon its fall Dastan encounters the beautiful Princess Tamina. When King Sharaman dies under mysterious circumstances shortly after, and Dastan is accused of his murder, he flees with the princess on a harrowing mission to clear his name. Learning from Tamina the true motives behind Alamut's invasion, Dastan must embark on a perilous quest to stop an evil mastermind's plot for ultimate power with a mystical weapon that can control the very fabric of time.
Okay sword and sandal filck has high production values but standard story that doesn't bear a great deal of scrutiny. The best perfomance comes from Alfred Molina as a humorous entrepreneur everybody else performs competently but unmemorably. I know it's a Disney movie, but it felt like a Disney movie. That's probably why I don't see many Disney movies.
Pretty but very orange. Fun and a solid entry in the post-Memorial Day action film genre. Gyllenhaall doesnt have the talent for physical comedy that Brendon Fraser brought to The Mummy, but it works most of the time. A lot of eye liner died for the film but that always seems to happen when Ben Kingsley is involved. Satisfying ending that avoided the obvious. Liked it.