For Jan. 28th: Prince of Persia- Sands of Time

Most people in the creative media industries have always been anxious with respect to tie-ins.  Movies with video game tie-ins, video games with music tie-ins, etc.  And so it was with some animosity that I watched “Prince of Persia”.

It probably didn’t help things any that this movie was headed by Disney and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (the same combination that brought you the undying “Pirates” series).  What came forth this time was something that seemed like it had actually been invented whole-cloth by Disney, instead of borrowed from a successful gaming franchise.  Let’s just say that I hope that they can’t make sequels to this one.

Story: 1/2

So-so.  The plot feels original, but it’s almost too new for even the actors to believe.  What I mean by this is that, since everything in the plot is very character-driven, when the story starts to become hard to follow even for those who are a part of it, there’s a problem.

Acting: 1/2

This goes hand-in-hand with the story.  The plot can only be carried so far in the hands of wordly events, and the characters really let their side down for a lot of the movie.  Ben Kingsley can play a villain, but this one didn’t feel written for him.  Alfred Molina, however, was pretty enjoyable as the trouble-making Sheik Amar.

Photography: 1.5/2

The set-pieces look good, but the actors let me down (again) when they show almost no surprise at new surroundings.  They just walk around expertly crafted palaces and vibrant cities like they’ve seen them before.  I can understand wanting to make the character seem more determined and focused on their goal, but there’s a difference between focused and ignorant.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Neither good or bad.  The time-manipulation effects were cool to watch, and the fight scenes were well-timed.  It seems that a ton of people died, though, almost more than was believable.

Misc .5/2

Left me feeling a little unfulfilled.  I didn’t expect much, and I didn’t get much.  I feel sorry for any of the fans who got duped into paying good money for this, if there were any.  It also runs about a half hour too long.

VERDICT: 5.5/10

Bleh.  Good as most any other action flick that Disney has attempted recently, so…

Family-friendly action adventure!!


About svolkmer

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