Friday, June 11, 2010

Movie Review: Prince of Persia



An Exciting and Ridiculously Fun Romp through the Sands of Time

Much like Aladdin, Dastan, played by a bronze and buff Jake Gyllenhall, is plucked from the streets at a young age and adopted by the King of Persia. He grows up alongside two brothers, the King's real sons. After a victorious attack on a holy city, claiming to have "Weapons of Mass Destruction" in the form of a golden dagger that allows the wielder to travel back in time, Dastan is framed for his father's murder and flees with a virgin priestess into the desert.

Did his own brother frame him, or does the sinister plot go deeper and farther back in time? I loved the plot twists in this movie. Although a lot of the action and acting is quite ridiculous (I think on purpose), the plot itself surprised me and left me guessing the whole time. The film is gorgeous, with beautiful costumes, and breathtaking scenes of desert dunes, oasis's, and glorious cities.

My favorite character is again played by Gemma Arterton. (Who impressed me in Clash of the Titans)



Her witty banter and heroic feats were fantastic. And it was fun to see Dastan swoon. She has a neat ability to appear older and wiser than her age, and always plays a noble hearted woman willing to put principle above all else.

Too bad no Persians were in this. They could have used at least one.

I recommend this movie to anyone who wants a fun adventure.

30 comments:

M. Gray said...

Oo! I wanna see this movie!

Theresa Milstein said...

My son wants to see this movie.

I can't believe how buff Jake got for this movie. Who knew he had it in him? Imagine what some trainer could do for me.

Cherie Reich said...

It looks like a cool movie. I know I always wanted to play the video game as soon as it came out.

Jaydee Morgan said...

Thanks for the rec - sounds good! We're definitely due for a movie weekend :)

Faith said...

I *love* the games, and it's only the busy-ness of life that's kept me away from seeing this yet! I believe we have plans to see it tonight, though.

Glad it's fun! That's all you can really expect from something like this, haha. :) It is too bad they didn't cast any Persians for the film, though -- that was a poor decision by the producers.

Lydia Kang said...

Ah yes, I heard the movie was "white-washed" like The Last Airbender is.
But it sounds like a fun romp!

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for the review. I might have passed this by, but it sounds good. So I'll definitely give it a look-see at the dvd store.

Melissa said...

I've been wanting to see this movie, too!

Tracy said...

My kids love this video game, and it looks good. Are there any iffy scenes in it? I know it's put out by Disney, but when they did a scene in Pirates where people are looking up Liz Swan's dress, I wasn't too impressed and neither were my kids.

MT said...

I'm catching up on blogs I follow and just saw, "be wery, wery quiet." HA! Good luck with your queries. There could be lots of no's and several maybe's but it only takes one yes!

Elana Johnson said...

I loved this video game and my husband and son saw the movie. They liked it, so I'm sure I will if I ever get to watch it. :)

Angie said...

I'd like to see it!

Keri said...

Interesting. I haven't thought much about this film but now, who knows? Great review.♥

Sheila Deeth said...

Still trying to persuade my sons they want to see it. Otherwise I guess we'll rent it, but it sounds like one seen best on the big screen.

The Words Crafter said...

Hmmmm, I've thought about seeing this one but I wasn't sure...didn't know if JG could pull it off. So, he did, huh? Might have to see it after all...thanks for the info!

Alexandra Shostak said...

Dude, I can't wait to see this! The other movie I really want to see is Splice. :-P

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I definite rent this when it comes out on DVD. I love witty heroines. :)

Melissa said...

I really want to see this movie. I'm glad the plot twists are impressive. That's a seller for me. Really nice movie review.

I had the exact same thought when I saw the preview..... Where are the Persians??

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Good to know. I love going to the movies but haven't gone for a couple of weeks. I'll have to put this one on my list. Thanks!

Sandy Shin said...

Thank you for the rec; I haven't watched this and would love to.

L'Aussie said...

Sounds great. Looking forward to catching this movie! Thanks for the review..:)

Susan Fields said...

I just saw this movie and really enjoyed it, too. What's not to enjoy about a bronze and buff Jake Gyllenhall? But I took three kids with me, and they all gave it a thumbs up, too.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Can't wait to see this movie! I love watching the parcours stunts in the trailers.

Have a fab weekend!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I thought sure you would enter the top title blogfest. I was looking forward to reading yours. Rats.
Roland

Jackee said...

I liked this one! But as you know, I had to ignore some of the plot holes or character flaws in the brothers that bugged me.

Yet it's definitely one I would watch again. Thanks for sharing!

Al said...

at least they can argue "no Persians were harmed in the making of this movie".

Lisa Rusczyk said...

Sounds fun!

Jayne said...

This film must have passed me by, but if it comes on in my vicinity I will have a look-see, if only to gawp at JG's figure! :)

prashant said...

I wanna see this movie!
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luxzakari.com said...

LOL @ "Too bad no Persians were in this. They could have used at least one."

Jake Gyllenhaal is just... GAH. Yes please!