by Cherszy (@cherszy)
From the producer of the phenomenal Pirates of the Caribbean series, Jerry Bruckheimer, comes another spectacular film that is filled with so much action and suspense. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is truly one of the most amazing films released this year, so I have no idea why it is only 41% on the tomatometer in RottenTomatoes.
There is much to rave about in this movie. From the way that the plot was weaved to the choice of cast for the characters, a sense of brilliance is present. The plot may seem pretty simple, but the way it keeps the audience excited for the next scenes gives the word ordinary a new twist. The thing is, you know the gist of the movie and while you’re watching it, you’re probably thinking ‘I know where this is going to lead me’ or ‘I know what’s behind this scene or conflict’, but then you also have this feeling that you can’t quite grasp the certainty of your guess. The film lets you have a hint of what the whole story might be about, but at the same time leaves something for you to look forward to as it rolls on because you don’t know the details of the full story until it unfolds before your eyes. Now, I think that is really something.
But what is extremely commendable about the movie is its special effects. Really, it blew me away. It was just excellent! Brilliant! Amazing! Breathtaking! Especially the last few scenes and those shot on the desert… those were fabulous! It made me appreciate the movie so much. Good job on the person who made all the editing!
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one that is very intense, that’s why you’ll find not a minute of boredom when watching it. There’s sword-fighting here, then there’s roof jumping there, and there’s just so much action going on. You can’t afford to take your eyes off the screen even for just a second. No wonder Jake Gyllenhaal was so fit. Think about all the training he must have gone through!
As for the cast choice? I would say great job! Ben Kingsley, who plays Nizam, is perfect for his role. Just look at those eyes and that face! I don’t think anyone can beat that look for a bad guy.
Jake Gyllenhaal, apart from showing some muscles and more hair, gave a rather spectacular performance. He took the flexibility in his role rather well. From a streetfighter to a prince who wants to save his kingdom to a Persian warrior stealing a precious dagger, he’s managed to deliver each of these characters with grace.
As for Gemma Arterton, I think she has improved a great deal from her last performance in Clash of the Titans as Io. In this film, she was given more exposure and a bigger role to play, and I’m happy to say that she didn’t disappoint although I personally think that she still needs improvement especially with her facial expressions. She showed the same face in all of the emotions that she was expressing. Whether she was scared, sad, shocked, angry, or just plain indifferent, she wore the same look. But, I guess she’ll learn that as she continues to star in more movies.
The film, as a whole, is a great watch. It is very interesting in terms of the beautiful mashing of its many themes and genres. There was definitely a lot of action and then there was suspense, romance, mystery, and even comedy. The only thing that was missing or was lacking was drama. I think it was covered by too much action, so there wasn’t much room for drama. Well, I guess it’s also because of the fact that this is an adaptation of a video game. But, I think the film is already great even without much drama. I really loved it, and in spite of the many negative reviews on this movie, I am recommending this to those who haven’t watched it yet. It’s a masterpiece. Well-written. Well-made. Brilliant! Congratulations to the cast and crew of the movie! You deserve the praise!
“It’s difficult but not impossible.” – Prince Dastan