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.