Fantasy adventure is not a classic, but worth a watch

2010-05-24 00:00

I HAVE never really taken a liking to fantasy films like these, but this one’s different.

Now before I go on with my appraisal of Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest big- screen offering (based on the popular video game), let me tell you why I dislike these kinds of films. It’s not that complicated really. I just find them very predictable.

There’s always the gorgeous prince, ever ready to protect the beautiful (and really annoying) princess and her honour (and her beloved cat, if ever it was in danger).

They keep butting heads, but we all know that they secretly like each other, so we wait patiently for the moment they first kiss (and this is usually when he saves her life).

There is also always a wicked uncle or aunt trying to kill the prince (and everybody else in line for the crown) so that he or she can become the ruler of the empire. In some films, the baddy employs the help of an evil (and generally ugly) wizard while the prince assembles an army of misfits to help save the day.

And all this happens to cheesy Celtic instrumental music.

Well, while all this may be true of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as well, there’s a certain quirkiness about this film that sets it apart. It somewhat reminded me of A Knight’s Tale (starring the late Heath Ledger) — only, this is more action than comedy.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton (who have that killer chemistry that makes you want them to end up together and live happily ever after).

It follows the action-packed adventures of a practically perfect prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop a bitter family member from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world.

And of course, being a Bruckheimer film, the movie has some really interesting and amazing special effects and camera work. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but certainly enough to keep one’s eyes glued to the screen.

Look, I’m not saying that it deserving of an Oscar or anything, but definitely worth a watch.

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