As summer approaches Disney presents its latest ‘blockbuster’ as we all wait patiently for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Based on the very popular game, Prince of Persia, this film is all about Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a 6th century prince of Persia.
Dastan was a street kid in ancient Persia who was adopted by the King. Fast forward a few years and he is a handsome, muscular warrior prince tricked into invading the holy city, Alamut, under the belief that they have dangerous weapons.
It isn’t hard to pick up on the link to the modern day war in Iraq. The fact that these ‘weapons of mass destruction’ are never seen before the invasion makes is very clear that this film is all about America and its relations with the Middle East. It is based in ancient Iran after all.
The real drama begins when Dastan framed for the death of the King and has to run away with defiant princess, Princess Tamina (Gemma Arteton). She is the protector of the sands of time and they must stop this gift of the Gods getting into the wrong hands or the whole world will be doomed.
This film has been made to make money not necessarily to please fans of the video game. Having said that most of the action looked like scenes of the game and the graphics were exactly what you expect from the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean. The activation of the dagger was one of the best scenes visually as well as the fight in the desert.
Jake Gyllenhaal was a slight surprise choice for the role but he put in the effort to buff up and have the elocution lessons so he could fit in with the rest of the british cast. He perfectly captures the cheeky character of the street prince and the chemistry between him and Areteton is clear to see on the screen.
Arteton once again plays the lead female in a big action film and once again looks pretty but isn’t given much chance to truly show any develop acting skills. She tries her best but there is no escaping the fact she is just there as fake tanned eye candy.
The rest of the cast give s a strong performance with Ben Kingsley playing the villainous nobleman and Alfred Molins brings the laughs as the con artist/entrepreneur who fixes ostrich races and avoids his taxes. He felt like the Jack Sparrow of the film and his input helped to bring life to the pace.
This is everything you can expect from a Disney summer ‘blockbuster’, entertaining but lacking any real depth.