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Jun 14, 2010

Fletch's Film Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Why does every piece of fiction that's set in some ancient time and place that's not on GMT feel the need to have its actors employ British accents (authentic or otherwise)? I get why this might've happened once upon a time, what with Hollywood being a part of America and British culture being our largest influence as a society, at least once upon a time. It should also be noted that nearly all of the main players in Prince of Persia are in fact British, from director Mike Newell all the way down to Sir Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton and the guy from RocknRolla that plays a brother here (only star Jake Gyllenhaal is American). And I can understand the fear of foreign language films, not to mention the lack of star power stateside that would accompany such a decision. But who are we kidding here? It's not as though Persia was some mystical, Middle Earth-ian place where we might only dream how its inhabitants sounded - there are living, breathing descendants from such a place, and even ones that speak English. We know damn good and well how they sound when they speak it, and it's not a crystal-clear British accent. And before you utter the words "Kevin Costner," allow me to retort: the only reason he was so roundly mocked for his...whateverian accent employed in Prince of Thieves is because he was the only one not trying. While we're on the subject - hey, what do we have here? Why it's Morgan Freeman, showing us the kind of accent that might better be suited for Prince of Persia than the one they chose to employ.

But I digress...wildly. After all, we audience members aren't meant to dwell on such trivial matters for action-adventure films, much less ones produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, much less even more ones based on video games, right? PoP is popcorn entertainment at its purest - meaningless drivel about heroism and courage and actions based on believing that you know what's right in your heart yada yada yada.

And on that front, it mostly succeeds. Amidst the various swipes from other, better source material - really, this might've alternately been titled An Amalgamation of Every Movie Ever Made and I wouldn't have known the difference - there is fun to be had, mostly in the form of the chase sequences, which require Gyllenhaal to parkour his way around no-doubt green-screened environs. Sure, there's the actual "sands of time" dagger floating about, but there's loads more dialogue about the stupid knife than there are scenes in which it's employed - it has to be one of the worst macguffins ever employed.

Fletch's Film Rating:
"You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you."
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Darren said...

Yep, the dagger sounds like a fairly suspect plot device - like the "reset button" from Galaxy Quest, except not meant as a joke.

Nick said...

I actually read an explanation for the British accent somewhere. During the time period PoP takes place, all the tutors that Persian royalty had were British. So, basically, they grew up learning English with a British accent. (And I don't mean just game-wise. I mean this in real life, as well).

Granted, this doesn't explain other characters outside the royals (though thankfully there are few). But still.

Unknown said...

I always watch movies at MoreMoviesOnline.com first before going to the theater, that way I know I'm not waisting my money. Plus they have like 10,000 movie with working links.

But this movie was good so after I watched it online I went to see it

home theater seating said...

Rarely movies produced from video games are decent. I think PoP was not that bad a film for a video game flick.