After some delays in schedule, I was finally able to see the movie installment of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Now, I’ve never played the game (I actually did, but I got bored after five minutes into it), so I don’t have a clear idea of the protagonist’s story. So mainly, I watched Prince of Persia with a clean slate—free of any knowledge derived from the video games.
I actually enjoyed it! It was good—not really a huge, talked-about blockbuster—but still, a good blockbuster. The story was there, although it could have used more elements/outlets that the audience could relate to.
The Sands of Time did a very good job of deceiving me as to who really killed King Sharaman. At first, I was convinced that the elder brother, Prince Tus, was the one who fooled Prince Dastan into presenting the poisoned robe to the king. The intentions were obvious: A shot at ruling over the Persian empire by eliminating the present ruler without being accused of the crime. And, it could have been assumed that Prince Tus didn’t regard Prince Dastan as a true brother since the latter was actually an orphan street rat taken in by the king.
It turns that these assumptions are wrong.
At the movie’s midpoint, it is revealed that the king’s brother, Nizam was the actual antagonist all throughout. He was the one who poisoned the robe and desired for the throne to the Persian empire. He also wanted to get hold of the Dagger of Time to pierce it to the Sandglass (a huge sandglass) so he could alter his and his brother’s childhood to a point where his brother would have had been killed by a lion. This way, he alone would be the king of Persia. And to be sure of his intentions, he also plotted to pit the brothers against each other—killing one another—that no heir to the throne stood in his way.
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I appreciated this type of storytelling: Presenting a twist that radically alters the audience’s viewpoint in the middle of the story. It makes me reminisce of the old action-adventure movies that I’ve seen as a kid. It’s so nice to get to experience this type of Hollywood movie surprise once again.
As always, this movie was packed with the most stunning in set displays, costumes, details, etc. These are expected from the film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer. I just noticed, all the movies that he produces (Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure) have vivid colors that make them real eye-candies. Most of the colors involve gold, brown, and glowing white/yellow lights. Also, he is mostly inclined towards action-adventure movies reminiscent of the Indiana Jones series.
Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton)
When I first saw the trailer for Prince of Persia, I thought that the female lead was Keira Knightly. And then, I saw that there were some differences that then made my assumption false. For me, Gemma Arterton definitely bears some resemblance to Knightly. The impressive jawline? The eyes? The lips? Whatever it is, she still stands out as a beauty, giving the film a pleasant figure to ogle at.
All in all
…the film is good. Very entertaining. And it actually makes you want to study some history about the Persian empire. If the way the Persians fight was correctly illustrated in this film, then they sure as hell are brutal killers. There are fight scenes, although not fully executed on-screen, that make your imagination run bloody. I’m talking about fight scenes that suggest decapitation, midsection slicing, and projectile weapons thrown in-face. (Whatever happened to the wholesomeness of Disney?) So yeah, it’s also gory but not really.
I specially liked the representation of Hassansins (Assassins). Lurking behind the shadows, deadly weapons that cannot be escaped from, ninja-like abilities—killers for hire. Very interesting profession.
- Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton): Prince of Persia: Sands of Time [http://adisney.go.com/disneypictures/princeofpersia/]