Thursday, September 16, 2010

Prince of Persia - DVD Review


Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell.
Directed by Mike Newell.

The marketers for this movie had a challenge, and they whiffed it. Sure, it's still the empty-headed wizz-bang adventure I figured it would be, but they could have disguised that a little more, made it seem like they were recapturing the Indiana Jones spirit. For one thing, the trailers reveal who the main villain is even though that's a twist that doesn't come for a full hour into the actual film. I hate it when they do that.

They could have taken the same cast and budget and set pieces and made a cool live-action Aladdin movie. Instead it's based on a video game I've never played and it centers on a dagger that can turn back time. This movie suffers from what most time-travel movies suffer from. If a protagonist has the power to undo any action by turning back the clock, then no action on screen has any consequence.

In fact it's only been hours since I saw it and I already can't remember most of it. There was an ostrich race. Alfred Molina paying homage to Hugh Griffith as a sheik...

Did someone use the dagger on me?

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