Movie version of ‘Prince of Persia’ opens

2010-05-21 00:00

JERRY Bruckheimer, the Hollywood powerhouse behind films such as ­Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Hawk Down, National Treasure, Armageddon and Pearl Harbour, is back with another blockbuster — Prince of ­Persia: The Sands of Time.

The movie, which is based on the video game of the same name, is one of three new films opening in Pietermaritzburg today. The others are the thriller The Ghost Writer and the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which is directed by Mike Newell, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan, a street urchin in the Persian Empire in the sixth century, who, after showing valour in battle, is adopted by the king as his heir.

He later teams up with Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to stop a common enemy — the villainous ­nobleman Nizam (Ben Kingsley), who wants to use an ancient dagger, known as “The Dagger of Time”, to generate a sandstorm that could destroy the world.

In The Ghost Writer, Ewan McGregor plays a writer who agrees to pen the memoirs of former British prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Bros­nan), but the project seems doomed from the start, not least because his predecessor, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident.

To make matters worse a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorising the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA — a war crime. As the writer works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA — and that this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind.

The third new film at CineCentre is Hot Tub Time Machine, which tells the story of a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives. Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend, Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find a party, Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move, and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement.

After a crazy night of drinking in a ski-resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986 and realise they have the chance to change their futures.

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