I have been meaning to see Prince of Persia for a while now. But for some reason, I always ended up seeing something else. Well, I finally saw it, and I'm glad I did.
This one is from the producer who brought us Pirates of the Caribbean. It stars a very hot and buff Jake Gyllenhaal, as a free spirited Persian prince who finds himself battling an evil conspiracy to unleash the sands of time. The prince must join forces with a mysterious princess from a mystical empire to protect an ancient dagger - the key to releasing the magical sands. If the dagger gets into the wrong hands, it can be used to turn back time and rule the world.
Prince of Persia is one of those fairy tale type adventure movies that takes us to different times and distant lands. When this type of movie is done well, we can immerse ourselves in the magical story and enjoy the ride, without trying to tease apart the possible from the impossible. And Prince was done well. The special effects are excellent, the many action scenes are well choreographed and smooth, and the actors have good chemistry. Sure there are some cheesy lines, and some corny scenes, and a certain degree of predictability. But isn't that why we love fairy tales in the first place? Because while times may be tough, and there are certain lessons we must learn the hard way, good always triumphs over evil, and there is a happily ever after.
This would be a good one for the whole family. Even though there are a good number of fight scenes, there is very little gore. Great for a matinee on a day that is just too darn hot and humid and sticky to be outside without dehydrating and burning to a crisp.