With the explosion of technology in the world of multimedia, it’s become quite amazing the kind of visual effects that you can create on big screen. And because you can, it’s driving the type of movies that are being made. Thought I don’t have any statistical data, I am pretty sure that the numbers of sci-fi, fantasy, animated movies that are coming through are much higher than ever before.
This also means, that there are not many movies that stand out. However, when I saw the trailers of The Prince of Persia, I was hooked. I loved, absolutely loved the fight sequences. And then we have all played the game as a child so there is some sentimental value with that. And you know if Disney can create a multi-million dollar franchise inspired by a ride, then they definitely had lot more to draw out from an incredibly complex game.
Anyway, the premise of the movie is straightforward. Dastaan (Jake Gyllenhaal), our rakishly handsome, brave and reckless hero, is the adopted son of the King of Persia. Though third in the line to the throne he is devoted to his elder brothers – Tus (Richard Coyle – not recognizable as Jeff from Coupling !) and Garsiv (Toby Kebbell). When the movie opens, the three brothers are planning to attack the holy city of Alamut, as they believe its involved in illegal arms dealing (not much has changed since the middle ages, has it?). What follows in the next half hour of brilliant fast paced fight sequences, beautiful CGI effects and some clever script is that, Alamut is taken over, Princess Tamina of the city is awarded to Dastaan as a bride and the King of Persia is murdered with the blame on Dastaan’s head. The Prince and the Princess turn fugitive as they try to find the truth behind the assassination.
I would like to call this movie a typical “masala” fare – pure entertainment. The plot is good if not great, funny at the right places, the action sequences breathtaking and the acting quite top-notch. Jake Gyllenhaal is perfect for the role of Dastaan, Ben Kinglsey is such a veteran that he is always brilliant in each scene that he is in. Gemma Arterton is likeable as Tamina though not exactly a perfect fit.
The last 20 minutes of the movie are slightly over the top and unbelievable even for a fantasy fiction and probably the only part that I did not like. However, the ending is quite unexpected and you are left with the feeling that few hours of your life never happened 😉
Verdict : Do watch it if you like this genre of movies