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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

by

Jeff Nelson

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an average film that won't be one of your favorite action flicks of 2010, but is worth seeing with a group of friends.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
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The transition from video games to movies can be a tough one. Sure, a story must not be too hard to translate, but to create substance and not just lame video game-esque dialogue could be a tough one.

Prince Dastan pairs with Princess Tamina to keep a mystical dagger that gives its holder control over the flow of time from falling into the wrong hands and putting the world in peril. The screenplay is poor and the dialogue is weak. The twists and turns that occur throughout are all easily predicted by the viewers. The way the film unfolds is the usual Disney formula and isn't anything new.

Jake Gyllenhaal is the lead and performs only alright as Prince Dastan. Gemma Arterton doesn't give enough emotion for her character to be relatable. Neither of these two actors connected on screen and none of their situations felt real or as if the viewer was there along with them on the journey. Gyllenhaal is a terrific actor, as his previous work has shown, but this isn't his role.

When terrible dialogue isn't being recited, there are many fights throughout. which becomes repetitive, but it's entertaining and will keep your attention. It's not tense, but there are some exciting battle sequences. The FX are fantastic and the dagger's power is demonstrated well through this film's good camera work and editing.

Of all the video game movies around, this is one of the better ones. It may not sound like it from me putting the film down on so many accounts, but it's a popcorn flick. Turn your thinking off and watch. The final problem I have with this film is the length as it feels too long and could've been shortened. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an average film that won't be one of your favorite action flicks of 2010, but is worth seeing with a group of friends.

My Rating = Three Stars

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