Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton.
Story: “Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time,” an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince named Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
Adopted from the streets of Nasaf by King Sharaman of Persia, young Dastan grows up amongst royalty and quickly earns his place as a mighty warrior and prince. As his brothers Garsiv and Tus plan battle strategies, a spy sends word that the Holy City of Alamut has been supplying weapons to enemies of Persia. Taking matters into his own hands, Tus orders an attack on the sacred city and upon its fall Dastan encounters the beautiful Princess Tamina. When King Sharaman dies under mysterious circumstances shortly after, and Dastan is accused of his murder, he flees with the princess on a harrowing mission to clear his name. Learning from Tamina the true motives behind Alamut’s invasion, Dastan must embark on a perilous quest to stop an evil mastermind’s plot for ultimate power with a mystical weapon that can control the very fabric of time.
My Take: It was a shear display of power and hunting, love and lust, loyalty & betrayal.
Jake Gyllenhaal, as I have seen him in earlier movies is a changed man now. The chocolaty boy of October sky and Day after tomorrow is now a grown up “Prince of Persia” who also manages to carry the rugged charm of his street days from where he was picked up. Jake has played his part well.
Sir Ben Kingsley as the Nizam was silent in the first half of the film. But his silence was more like the warning of an upcoming twister which was destined to take the world to its peril. And in second half, his dark side is shown and his treachery towards his own brother and his empire to become the ruler of the world is open to Dastan (Jake). Simply stated he was good, better and the best. The portrayal was so real that you will start hating the character from the moment his motives are open to you. Well done Sir.
Gemma Arterton is new and fresh. Knew nothing about her but she was OK in the film.
In many a scenes, I could see her change in expressions as were not required. She tried hard to hide her smile in front of the camera on more than few moments but I noticed it anyway. (Kudos to me…for my eagle eyes) She needs to learn a lot.
Special FX: Superb, although the setup as per the plot is of 6th century B.C. So many a times you can get the feel of animation and virtuality in and around the sets. But to me it worked in other ways. It got me connected to the game. It was like a movie and game mixed together. The FX were very subtle and rich. The background was heavy as was supposed to be with a number of death defying stunts performed by Prince of Persia.
The chasing sequences were very real and also in every respect resembled the sequences one had to perform while playing the gaming version.
Overall, it’s a great epic film which I would say has done justice with the game. Although the story differs a bit from one in the game but it’s still got the same soul.
I would recommend everyone to watch it for it’s royal feel and grandeur presentation and above all for those who are fan of Prince of Persia, it’s great to see the prince performing stunts on his own instead of you handling him through a joystick and watching him progressing ahead in one attempt will always feel refreshing and will take the burden off your shoulders when you failed to crosss a stage several times and threw the remote in frustration and watching him die in the game every time for your incapability. Lolz…it’s so cool…