Running time: 116 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 12A
UK Release date: 21st May 2010
Watched at the cinema Saturday 22nd May 2010.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
As a player of the original video game, back when computers were clunky and slow, I was quite interested to see how the Prince has evolved. I wasn’t disappointed; a lot of the moves and mythology from the original game survives in this film. Obviously the graphics are much better, and the film isn’t too bad either.
Dastan is an orphaned street urchin when he is taken in and adopted by King Sharaman, who has seen something he likes in the boy. He grows up alongside the kings’ two natural sons, Tus and Garsiv who treat him as an equal even though he will never inherit the throne. The king’s brother, Nizam is with the three brothers when they approach a city that the king has told them not to take. Nizam tells the brothers that a spy has found evidence that the city is making weapons for the Persia’s enemies. They take the city and Dastan comes into possession of a mysterious dagger that everyone seems interested in. Princess Tamina, who rules the city, also wants the dagger, but to protect it. The king comes to the city and is murdered, seemingly by Dastan. Fleeing for his life, he takes Tamina with him. That night, he discovers the dagger’s secret, it can turn back time, but only the person holding the dagger is aware of it. This makes the dagger a very powerful weapon. It will only work for one minute though before the sand is all used up. The magical sand is hidden below the city and if it is released, it will destroy the world. Can Dastan discover who really murdered the king, and can he and Tamina keep it safe from those who would use it for evil? Well, since I don’t want to spoil the ending, I’m not going to tell you right now.
As with previous Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer productions, I’m thinking of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, there plenty of swashbuckling action. It’s a very well made film, as you’d expect with some very good special effects. Decent performances from all of the main cast, Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Tamina, Ben Kingsley as Nizam, Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar, Steve Toussaint as Seso, Toby Kebbell as Garsiv, Richard Coyle as Tus and Ronald Pickup as King Sharaman.
A special mention for Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar, his comic role reminded slightly me of Robert Newton as Long John Silver. There was plenty of action, although I felt the ploy of running and jumping over rooftops was a little over used. Over all a very entertaining film with some great action and a pretty reasonable story, a great one to take the kids to! Recommended.
My score: 7.0/10
IMDb Site: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0473075/
Official Site: http://adisney.go.com/disneypictures/princeofpersia/