Rating Explanation: for intense sequences of violence and action.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: An action-packed adventure with death-defying stunts, breathless chases and an Arabian Nights setting.
DVD Features: An unseen world: making Prince of Persia.
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Dastan
Gemma Arterton ... Tamina
Ben Kingsley ... Nizam
Alfred Molina ... Sheik Amar
Steve Toussaint ... Seso
Toby Kebbell ... Garsiv
Richard Coyle ... Tus
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
This action-packed Arabian nights adventure is based on a computer game set in medieval Persia. It tells the story of Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal "Brokeback Mountain"), the
youngest son of King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup "The Mission"). The dashing Prince teams up
with a rival Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton "Pirate Radio"), to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm
that could destroy the world. The prince was tricked
by a dying Vizier to unleash the Sands of Time that turns out to
destroy a kingdom and transform its people into ferocious demons. In
his effort to save his own kingdom and redeem his fatal mistake, it's up
to the prince and the princess to return the sands to the hourglass by
using the Dagger of Time, which allows anyone who controls it to rule the world.
With his two brothers
(Toby Kebbell "Chéri" and Richard Coyle "A Good Year") and their ambitious uncle (Ben Kingsley "Ghandi") Dastan invades the
holy city of Alamut. But things go badly, and he ends up on
the run with lots of bickering over the
ceremonial dagger. With
the help of a slippery sheik (Alfred Molina "An Education") who runs ostrich races and an African knife thrower (Steve Toussant "Beyond The Gates"), they return to the city and attempt to
thwart a conspiracy to take over the kingdom.
Director Mike Newell ("Four Weddings and a Funeral") beautifully captures the era using sweeping cinematography, intricate sets and impressive effects without dwelling on the nastiness. And the actors with their clever dialog add just the right attitude to their portrayals. It's all such a freewheeling adventure that you never quite take it seriously.
Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton are perfectly cast and generate some real emotion and suspense even
in some rather corny situations. There's some comical dialog from the wacky characters punctuated every now and
then by elaborate action sequences. If you're looking for a bit of mindless
escapism during this blockbuster season, this could be a perfect choice for the whole family.