Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (MA15+)
Sit back and enjoy the big screen ambience when you head to your local movie cinemas to watch the latest blockbuster films, many with parents and baby movie sessions. Please check your favourite cinemas' website for classifications and screening times for any movie you wish to go to.
After playing the game way back in the 90's and also on the Playstation, I was very interested in seeing how the cross over to film would go. The Sands of Time installment of the game had a pretty solid story (for a computer game) and the movie expanded this liberally.
Jake Gyllenhaal's performance reminded me of Brendon Fraser in 'The Mummy', with his heavy set airbrushed abs and cheeky smile adding to your typical hero role.
Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley play their one dimensional characters well, and are enjoyable to watch.
The movie is obviously aimed at pre-tween boys, with the violence level matching the TV series 'Hercules', and the only obvious reference to hanky panky being the kiss between our heroes at the end.
Its visually a breathtaking film with expansive Persian vistas, exciting fight scenes and a reasonably solid plot.
The script and character development is aimed for the kiddies though, so just keep that in mind when seeing it.
All up its good fun, and worth a look.
The Prince of Persia is a fantastic recreation of the famous computer game. Set in the time of the Persian Empire it is a fast paced action film with great special effects.
In true Disney fashion the violence is understated (compared to the game) but the story carries you back in time. The adopted prince (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) must save the kingdom with the use of a magical item that allows the bearer to control time! All while being hunted for a crime he did not commit!
A great night our for those with slightly older children and particularly those who have played the video game!