Film #337: PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2 out of 5 stars
Director Mike Newell (HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) directs this big budget adaptation of the popular videogame series with mixed results. The stunts are pretty terrific and some of the visual FX (and there are a LOT of them) are eye-popping, but the script is overly-convoluted and unclear and the decision to have Persians (played by mostly American actors) all speaking in English accents is puzzling. Despite all the technical wizardry and Persian parkour, the erratic camera work (bring your Dramamine) and confusing narrative outweighs whatever cool there is in the film. Well, that and the “pristine violence (ie, many people are seen falling to the sword, but there is little blood and the deaths are so sanitized as to be nonexistent). Rentable just so you can see a TON of money thrown up onto a screen, but don’t expect anything too impressive for your time.