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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Prince of Persia : Movie Review

Movie Review, Story Description and Exclusive Trailer of Prince of Persia.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley
Director: Mike Newell
Genre: Adventure/ Action
Rating: ****

India Release Date: 28th May 2010

Prince of Persia is a popcorn film which can be enjoyed if not taken too seriously. The film seems to have made especially for the teen audience in mind as it boasts of an ample amount of mindless action, magical escapades, running, jumping, hiding & chasing around. Two hours of timepass is guaranteed if you don’t give much thought to where the film is heading.

Based on a video game, the film pretty much looks like one as Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), the adopted son of King of Persia and thus a rogue prince battles it out with pretty much everyone in Persia to save the magic dagger and his lost honour. Giving the prince company is Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) who knows a lot more about the mystical power of the dagger and how it has to be guarded for the safety of the universe.
It all begins when Dastan is falsely accused of murdering his father by the king’s real sons. Dastan believes only the king’s brother (Ben Kingsley) trusts him. He thus absconds in order to prove himself innocent to the uncle, suspecting his own brothers to be culprits.

Meanwhile, the magic dagger is capable of turning back time. Will Dastan and Tamina be able to safeguard the dagger and can the dagger turn around Dastan’s fate is what forms the story.

The film has a strong Arabian flavour to it, thanks to its colourful exotic outfits, bronzed star cast and the beautiful picturisation of the sandstorm and deserts. The action scenes comprising of the sword fighting, snake fighting, horse riding and Ostrich riding is entertaining too. The special effects are not ground breaking but are decent enough to keep you hooked.

Sir Ben Kinglsey has nothing much to do, Gemma Arterton will remind you a lot of Bollywood actress Lara Dutta. Jake Gyllenhaal makes for a decent epic film action hero. He showcases his athleticism perfectly as he keeps jumping and bouncing around swiftly in the deserts of Persia, giving his enemies a tough time. Though, he still needs to work on his body language to get into the league of Russell Crowe (Gladiator) or Brad Pitt (Troy). He has worked on his body just fine.

What badly stands out is pretty much every actor in the film looks Persian but speaks in a British accent. No Middle Eastern actor has been given a pivotal role in the film which would have been an ideal thing to do.
The film doesn’t lead on to anything unlike the video game which leads on to the next level.

Although as said earlier, two hours of high octane action with magic and mythology thrown is not too bad either. Grab the popcorn and take the family along to Persia for a blithesome treasure hunt...

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