For all of those fans of the video game franchise Prince of Persia, you can finally thank Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer for achieving what most have failed to accomplish: Make a good video game based movie!! After disappointments such as Max Payne, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Doom, Bloodrayne, (just to name a FEW), Prince of Persia shows that some video games can be brought to the silver screen and do justice to it’s respective franchise.
Gyllenhaal’s performance as Destan, the adopted son of King Sharaman of Persia, allows you to overlook the fact that he is not of Persian descent. He fills the role as the reluctant hero with enough action for the guys to enjoy and that little bit of love interest tossed in for the girls to love. The story, while mostly predictable, has a few twists and turns….just enough to keep you on your toes. The time-altering dagger that Prince Destan wields throughout the movie is the source of power that he must protect from the enemy in order to save the world from imminent destruction. But in order to do so, he must employ the help of the beautiful guardian of the dagger (the Princess Tamina) and several other characters along the way. Sound familiar? I told you the plot was somewhat predictable.
The film has a “Mummy-esque” feel to it for several reasons. Plot, location, character types, humor. But I did enjoy the film. Prince Destan jumps through the cities and over obstacles just like in the video game…staying true to form- which is what was most impressive to me. I felt as if I was watching someone playing the game, with cinematics in between levels. Take your xbox controller to the theater with you! You may enjoy the movie even more!!!! While this may disappoint some viewers, I believe it to be a strongpoint to this film.
Overall, I enjoyed the film, but, it wasn’t absolutely amazing!! Great videogame based movie, but it lacked more substance to the plot. The cinematics were beautiful. The casting worked well. Even the special effects were not distracting. But, if I never watch this movie again my life won’t fall apart! Go see it! Especially if you are a fan of the game. You won’t feel like you did when you went to watch Dragonball Z: the movie! I promise!
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The Spider’s Score: 7 out of 10 stars “The Prince of Persia”