at the movies: prince of persia

Tonight a group of us went along to a preview of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I’d seen the trailer (remember, it was the best thing about When in Rome). I was even familiar with the Ubisoft game the movie is based on from a previous life working with the gaming industry. I had high hopes and I didn’t want to believe the nay-sayers. Sadly, this wasn’t one of the times those nay-sayers were wrong.

Our hero is the wild and street smart Prince Dastan of Persia (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was an orphan boy adopted by the king after a spectacular act of bravery in the street. Dastan and his brothers lead an attack on a holy city, where they meet the beautiful and fiesty Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton), who is fiercely protective of a dagger that has the ability to turn back time.

The plot had potential and I thought, as I’m sure Disney also did, that there was a chance this could end up a replacement for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Unfortunately Prince of Persia just doesn’t have the same punch its predecessor did – the script is overly cheesy and the action is overly choreographed. There are a few good one liners and Tamina’s costumes are exquisite but I’d wait until this one hits DVD. As my boyfriend said as we left the cinema, “I wish I had a dagger to turn back time”.

Rating: *1/2

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