First combine Aladdin with Indiana Jones, but only the semi-interesting parts. Then add Pirates Of The Caribbean minus the Captain Jack Sparrow. Thatâ€™s Prince Of Persia.
This is Hollywood â€˜s grab for your entertainment dollars, but not providing a decent return on investment. At least this isnâ€™t the worst of the worst video game adaptations ever made.
Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time follows pauper turned Prince Dastan(Jake Gyllenhaal,) who with his prince brothers, lead an attack on a rival city. Based on bad information, they believe the city has been supplying weaponry to enemies of Persia. After learning the true nature of the attack, Dastan is considered a traitor. Heâ€™s then off reveal the real bad guy and save himself and his kingdom with a magical knife that has the powers of turning back time. (How Cher!)
Jake Gyllenhall offers up his typical boyish charm, but I felt that this effort was a waste of his talents. Iâ€™ve seen him do better. Letâ€™s hope the paycheck from Prince will allow him to pick a better role next time. The same goes for Ben Kingsley.
The exception is scene stealer Alfred Molina, who plays a tax dodging, street hustling Sheik entrepreneur with a lot of eyeliner. If there were a Captain Jack Sparrow in this movie, heâ€™s it.
Is it odd that there seemingly is no one in the main cast that is of Persian descent? Not really. This is just another Hollywood adaptation of a video game, designed to make a killing on merchandising and cross marketing. Thankfully they opted for a little more character development than most movie-video game adaptations, which made the time spent watching tolerable.