There’s a couple of things you need to know about the new PG-13 action movie “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
First, it’s is based on the 2003 videogame of the same name, which makes it the best movie adaptation based on a videogame ever.
Secondly, that bar has already been set impossibly low.
Produced by Jerry Bruckhemier and Disney—the same team that brought you the “Pirates of the Carribean” and “National Treasure” series, “Prince of Persia” is right along those same lines. It’s dumb and it’s fun.
There’s no real depth to any of it, but if you’re going to make a brainless action movie, why not make it as fast-paced and full of conflict as possible? That’s exactly what this Mike Newell-directed film accomplishes and nothing more. It may be a small feat, but it’s enough.
This movie is at its best when Gyllenhaal is jumping on rooftops and swinging from ropes to avoid charging hordes of swordsmen, just like the hero of the videogame.
It’s at its worst when it slows down for too long and gives you an opportunity to think about the plot.
Luckily, that doesn’t happen too often.