On-camera review of "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time"

by Eric Melin on May 27, 2010

in Video Reviews

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.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 ashipper June 7, 2010 at 1:58 am

Moi like it a lot! Not bad for a vid game adaptation and it delivers on all the action, a budding romance and some tongue in the cheek humour and to even out all the CGI is quite excellent to watch! …….and it does help that ormally straight-laced Jake Gyllenhaal`s looking particularly yummy and buffed in the lead role! Not stuff for the Oscars, just an enjoyable simple fast paced romp like you would expect from Jerry B production! Hope they thinking no 2!

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2 ashipper June 7, 2010 at 1:58 am

Moi like it a lot! Not bad for a vid game adaptation and it delivers on all the action, a budding romance and some tongue in the cheek humour and to even out all the CGI is quite excellent to watch! …….and it does help that ormally straight-laced Jake Gyllenhaal`s looking particularly yummy and buffed in the lead role! Not stuff for the Oscars, just an enjoyable simple fast paced romp like you would expect from Jerry B production! Hope they thinking no 2!

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