First combine Aladdin with Indiana Jones, but only the semi-interesting parts. Then add Pirates Of The Caribbean minus the Captain Jack Sparrow. That’s Prince Of Persia.
This is Hollywood ‘s grab for your entertainment dollars, but not providing a decent return on investment. At least this isn’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. He’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. I’ve seen him do better. Let’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, he’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.