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Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia

What he said:

He

Upon hearing that a movie is based on a video game, one is often prone to some snickering and roll eye rolling. I was no different than many others. I am not against the premise, it's just that more often than not, they turn out rather poor (the guilty pleasures that are known as the Resident Evil movies aside).

Then I heard a few things that piquoed my interest. First, it was going to be a Disney movie. The name alone at least warrants you to take notice for atleast a brieft second. Additionally, I had heard that certain folks who were associated with Pirates of the Carribean would be inovlved. Then I started to get interested.

Unfortunately my interest in the movie itself was not as high it was before I saw the film. It simply wasn't all that interesting to me. Truth be told, I don't even have the desire to give a description of what it was about. It was that boring to me. The action was cliche and uninteresting, the jokes weren't all that funny, and I didn't care one bit about the characters.

Long story short, this movie is about a peasant boy who goes from rags to riches and despite his new surroundings manages to find himself in all kinds of mishief along the way. Action, adventure, romance, it's all there in theory, it was just executed in a way that was really unappealing to me - which is a shame because I really wanted to enjoy this. It reminded me a lot of the latest version of Sherlock Holmes. It had all the ingredients, I was just terribly bored by it.

It's not directed by anyone of any real notoriety. It's also not particularly long, so it's not epic or anything. But it's just really well done from top to bottom.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was completed sometime in September 21, 2010.

What she said:

She

Prince of Persia truly is a tough review for me.  I have to be honest.  I slept through a good chunk of this.  Actually, I think it was only about 15 or 20 minutes, but I feel like I missed a lot.  Either that, or things never really made a ton of sense.  It's the story of Jake Gyllenhaal, an adopted prince, who goes on a mission with a kinda-weird princess to protect a mystical dagger capable of releasing "the sands of time."  I think it pretty much can reverse time and allow the person holding it to run amok and take over the world if they want to. 

Anyway, it's an epic-action movie that's big on the action but not too big on the storyline.  Of course, what can we expect?  It is based on a video game.  If you're a fan of an overly ripped Jake Gyllenhaal exploiting his abs, then you'll like this movie.  If you're looking for a popcorn blockbuster, this is also probably a hit.  Otherwise, you might be disappointed by the plot, the oddness of the princess (Gemma Arterton), and the oversaturated spray-tans of the entire cast.  It's a good thing this takes place in the desert because if an unexpected rain storm had blown through, the color would have just dripped off all the characters.  There is a lot of awkward sexual chemistry between the main characters, almost kisses, and cheesy dialogue. 

Still, it's hard to expect too much from a movie that knew would be for the most part mindless entertainment.  If this pops up on Starz in a month or two, I'll probably give it another watch.  Maybe I'll take more out of it the second time around. 

Diagnosis: Thumbs half up.