Thursday, September 24, 2015

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)

Movies based on video games are generally not masterpieces. I can only name one which is generally considered as good or should I say liked. First Mortal Kombat movie took Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon and modified it to Mortal Kombat movie. If felt like someone playing live action version of the game. It doesn't have cinematic values but as a video game movie it works. It turned game into a movie.

Other video game based movies have got more polarized reactions. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is competent but quite forgettable movie. Movie is faithful to source material. Main character is parkouring almost all the time. They focused into making this like games but forgot to make interesting story. It is just action scene after action scene.

Characters grow during the movie but it isn't always sure why they change at that point. Love story takes first they can't stand each others cliche too far. Then at some point they love each others. We have seen this too many times and this doesn't even try to hide this is going into that way.

Love story is not only thing taken too far. Some action scenes take it too far. Solders had bad case of storm trooper syndrome. They can't hit anything. Sorry. They can only hit other solders not our hero. Action scenes look good but lose effectiveness after too many close calls. I liked parkour sections. They looked like from live action platform video game.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time looks pretty but there is very little beneath surface. It probably keep you entertained if you like the genre. How ever there are much better movies if you want to see movie of same genre. Ones with interesting characters and story.

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