One of the few untapped resources that Hollywood has failed to capitalize on is the video game. We’ve seen a few video game movies get released like Super Mario Bros. and the two Tomb Raider films, but not much else. Frankly this surprises me as there are tens of millions of gamers out there and some of the games have great characters and stories. Luckily, Disney wised up and released this past weekend “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” that is based on an extremely popular video game of the same name.
I myself love to play video games, but this one is not one that I’ve had the chance to play. So, went into this film not quite knowing what to expect. What I witnessed was a lot of fun and a film that stayed true to its roots by having most of the action feel like it came straight out of the video game. The title character Prince Dastan, played here exceptionally well by Jake Gyllenhaal, does jumps like you’ve never seen before, can handle a sword with incredible speed, power and finesse, and is faster than your eyes can process. At times I truly felt like I was watching a video game in process and wished at time’s that I was the one controlling the characters.
The story itself is about Prince Dastan, who was born in the slums but was adopted by the king when the king witnessed Dastan perform an act of true kindness in protecting a younger boy. So, Dastan became a prince, along with the king’s two other sons. Their kingdom is provided evidence that the neighboring kingdom has been supplying weapons to their enemies. This leads the princes to take up arms with their army to overthrow this neighboring kingdom. Little did they know at that time that this was all a ruse to begin a war and also to capture a sacred dagger that holds the Sands of Time. With this dagger the user can go back in time a full minute and if they locate the source of the Sand, they can then alter history no matter how far back in time. The king is killed and Dastan is thought to be his killer as he provided the king with the gift that killed him. While escaping being captured, Dastan finds the dagger and vows to find out who really killed the king and clear his name as well as protect the dagger.
There are a few holes in the plot as you watch the film however none of these flaws take away from the enjoyment of watching this rousing adventure. This is a film that I believe the whole family will enjoy. At times it reminded me of the Indiana Jones and Mummy films. The story itself is easy to follow, the action scenes are intense and exciting and the acting it better than most action adventure films. This it the definition of a great summer blockbuster popcorn film! Treat yourself to have some fun!
J. Chandler B+