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June 1, 2010 > Movie Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Movie Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

By Jennifer Gau

Get ready for an epic tale of a Persian prince, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), and a princess, Tamina (Gemma Arterton), joining forces to protect an ancient dagger that holds great and dangerous power. Together, they discover how far someone will go to have that power. This Disney picture directed by Mike Newell is an export of video games. The movie also has similar characteristics as Disney's "Aladdin" (1992) and "Indiana Jones" (1981-1989) with typical adventures through the desert, meeting new people, learning new life lessons... and romance.

The movie begins and ends like a story book, but it plays too much like a video game... one event after another without explanation. There is little flow to the story until the end. On the other hand, random events make the movie unpredictable.

Poor acting distracts from the story, but it may also be due to an inadequate script. Strange British accents are confusing. Although costumes appear to be well thought out, they lack historic accuracy. However, action scenes save the movie; Prince Dastan jumping from building to building, Jackie Chan style. Jennifer Garner fans may like Gemma Arterton because she bears a resemblance.

This may be a movie full of awesome adventures for a young audience, but for older viewers who have has seen "The Mummy" (1999), this film does not stack up. It lacks mind-blowing entertainment, only a stream of impossible miracles. Something is missing... maybe that void will be answered in a sequel.

Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes
Rated: PG-13

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