Movie Review: Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time


My Rating: 4Stars

This evening I saw the movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time at UA Cinema, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The video game Prince of Persia was created by Jordan Mechner for Brøderbund in 1989, and ever since it has been refined and republished by different game companies over the years, with Ubisoft being the last to do so. Now in 2010 a movie had been released staring Jake Gyllenhaal of Brokeback Mountain fame. Aside from Ben Kingsley the rest of the casts are mostly unknowns.

Being an action movie, it contains many fighting sequences between with the hero, Dastan (Prince of Persia played by Gyllenhaal) and his enemies, executing parkour and mix martial arts (MMA) techniques to overcome his enemies, this use of parkour gives the movie an acrobatic dance and light hearted feel.

Adding to the light hearted feel are humorous scenes between the hero and heroine, Tamina (played by Gemma Arterton). Underneath all these is a sound and fairly believable plot with the usual twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, but simple enough to allow the audience to enjoy the action and sceneries of the movie.

Although it has been a while (2005) since Gyllenhaal has a hit he did a good job here. If you’re looking for an entertaining evening out, this movie should be top on your list.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

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