Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010) review

Synopsis: Based on the video game, which follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world.

I went into Prince of Persia: SoT with mixed feelings. Seeing the trailer didn't impress me very much, some of the scenes seemed to resemble Pirates of The Caribbean to me- Another reminder not to base your opinions on the trailer.

Anyway, this was certainly nothing like my preconceived notions led me to believe.

Prince of Persia was one of the few films lucky enough to actually pull off a decent video game-film adaptation. With Gyllenhaal playing rags-to-riches hero 'Prince Dastan'(Who by the way, pulled off a near-perfect English accent, just not sure why Persians had English accents...), he overshadowed co-star, 'Princess Tamina' played by Gemma Arterton(Clash of The Titans, Quantum of Solace). Arterton was satisfactory,  nothing that stood out to me, really just a repeat of her role as 'IO' in Clash.

The visuals in Prince of Persia were, for the most part, impressive, other than the moments when the Dagger was present; the CGI version of The Prince looked quite 'Polar Express-y', that's not to say it wasn't well done, it just didn't feel as real.

The score is another factor which always seems important to me in film, and in PoP, it shined(Can music shine?). Perfect combination of power and action in all the right places.

There wasn't really anything in this film that made me want to smile and say- "That's effing badass". Just a few scenes which were visually stunning, and there were a few occasions where I thought the dialogue was quite humorous.

Overall, a good attempt at a video game-to-film adaptation.




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