Why I Will Watch Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Tomorrow is the premiere of the Prince of Persia film and to say I have been torn would be an understatement. Hollywood is notorious for taking some of the most beloved video games and transforming them into steaming piles of cinematic rubbish. Super Mario Bros. had a humanoid Bowser, Mortal Kombat Annihilation utilized claymation, and House of the Dead was directed by Uwe Boll; just to name a few of the blunders. In the end, despite this track record of failure, I have decided that I will watch Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and it is for these following reasons.
The actors work.
When I originally heard that Jake Gyllenhaal would be playing the role of the Prince, I was mildly upset. There was no way Donnie Darko could portray the butt kicking, sword slashing, time rewinding Prince of Persia! That was however until I saw some ‘making of’ vignettes. The work ethic that seemed to be on display in the filming of each action packed scene was top notch. When the trailer finally came out, I had to admit, he looked the part. Of course his opposite, the antagonist of the film (Nizam), could not have been played by a more suitable actor: Ben Kingsley. Whether it is playing himself on an episode of The Sopranos (let’s not forget how highly Christopha’ thought of him.. initially) or as Dr. Cawley in Shutter Island, Kinsley is a quality actor, and I trust he will play a believable Nizam.
The budget seems to be there.
The problem with a lot of the video game movies out there is the total lack of a suitable budget to pull it off. There has been a long rumored Halo movie in the works, but sensibly it is being held back for budget constraints. There is no sense in creating something that is rushed and sloppy to cash in on a few cheap dollars. Well, try telling that to the claymation dragon fight scene in Mortal Kombat Annihilation. I don’t have the dollar amount with me on the final cost of Persia, but judging by the trailer and the cast, the studio didn’t appear to cut any corners in it’s production.
The games were freakin’ awesome.
If you couldn’t tell already based on the fact that I have put this much thought into this film, I love the Prince of Persia. The Sands of Time trilogy are some of the finest games to grace the previous generation of gaming consoles. They are the perfect mix of story, action, and environment that had gamers of all ages hooked. That kind of fan loyalty will have geeks (your favorite District Attorney included) lining up in droves at their local cinema to see how the Prince will hold his own on the big screen.
To conclude, I am still not totally convinced that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will be an action packed blockbuster to kick start the summer. I am however, willing to give it the benefit of the doubt that I don’t usually lend to films based off of video games. Who knows, in the end I may be wishing I had ‘sands’ of my own to rewind time if this one turns out to be a dud.
Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time trailer (in case you have no idea what I have been ranting on)