19/05/2010

Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time

You're welcome to search me for it. You'll have to be very thorough.

Adapting a computer game is a tricky business. Almost all of them have failed miserably because there is just no way to get some sort of decent narrative out of a game. That may seem like a ridiculous thing to say as no one saw Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider for a good storyline but even that film couldn't be saved by gratuitous nudity and a lot of action sequences. It was shit and most computer game adaptations unfortunately are.

Despite that, I was quite looking forward to this. Yes, this may be one of the reasons but sometimes brainless family fun is just what the doctor ordered. Sue me.

In essence, this is exactly what POP is. Jerry Bruckheimer is the master of doing great action films and there's just enough CGI wizardry, fight sequences and spunky female co-star to make me forget about all the downfalls. The scenes when Dastan goes back in time (and there aren't enough) look very cool, JG's accent is odd at first but he makes a good if not entirely convincing leading man and Sir Ben Kingsley is a typical British baddie.

If there's a sequel, I'll watch it.

Rating: 3/5

P.S. Is it me, or is Gemma Arterton in everything now?