Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
May 29, 2010
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My improv teacher always told me that a dream as a twist in a story is always a cheat. I’ll take that one step further. If done incorrectly, time travel can be a cheap cover-up. Unfortunately, Prince of Persia didn’t do it right. Despite Jake Gyllenhaal doing some amazing Parkour stunts, the film falls a bit flat.
PoP:TSoT follows Gyllenhaal as Dastan, a beggar turned prince (not unlike another Disney movie). After conquering a holy city, his father is murdered during the celebration. Having obviously been framed, he and the princess of the conquered city escape. Shortly after, he first discovers a magical dagger that can rewind time. Since the dagger is being searched for, he must take the princess (Gemma Arterton of Quantom of Solace) to a temple to destroy it.
The two hours goes back quite simply. It has the feel of a golden age Hollywood movie, but everyone involved fails to elevate it beyond a sub par movie. With a budget of $150 million, I’m skeptical they will make a profit stateside. It isn’t a horrible movie, but isn’t good either. I doubt I’ll watch it again, everything felt forgettable and familiar throughout the film. Lawrence of Arabia as directed by Michael Bay. 2 out of 5 stars.