Summary: If you liked the Pirates and National Treasure films, you will know what to expect here. It’s absolutely intended as a thrill ride and not something to be taken too seriously. It was intended as a franchise, but I’m not sure there will be more.
Excerpt: The physicality of Prince of Persia is where the connection between film and game lies. The original 1989 video game had the Prince traversing a spike-filled castle, jumping over ledges and grabbing onto their edges.
Summary: The 'Prince of Persia' is silly, I mean what do you expect coming from a video game turned movie, but it takes itself far too seriously. The introduction of the dagger and its sands o' time give the story a far too convenient deus ex machina.
Conclusion: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a decent adaptation of the videogame franchise, but style trumps substance at every turn. Ah well, as big, dumb summer adventures go, it's an entertaining diversion in the vein of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels.
Movie Review - 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'
30 May 2010
Summary: A rogue prince reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time, which can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
Excerpt: Desert movies should be as sprawling and epic as the never ending sand dunes on which they take place. But Prince of Persia , despite epic aspirations, feels slight, small, empty, and worst of all forgettable. It’s the kind of movie that just doesn’t leave an impression.
Excerpt: Say this for producer Jerry Bruckheimer: He seems to recognize that an assemblage of cutscenes and gameplay simulation from the popular Prince Of Persia videogame series wouldn’t make a good movie, any more than a theme-park ride like Pirates Of The Caribbean could be the stuff of a...
Excerpt: The summer blockbuster season of 2010 has so far given us three historically-themed adventures: Clash of the Titans Robin Hood and now Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - clearly the first in a hoped-for franchise. It has been my (dubious?