Thanks to Mister Potato and Nuffnang, I was invited to watch the special screening of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time at Cathay Cineplex e-Curve. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a movie based on the 1989 video game, Prince of Persia by Brøderbund, NCS.
My early knowledge of Prince of Persia comes in 16-bit and was played on an Intel 286 pc… running on MS-DOS! It’s one of those games that you load from an old school 5¼-inch floppy disk. I used to play this game a lot but I’ve never really completed the game. Even after I got my PS2, I’ve never completed from any quest.
Set in the mystical lands of Persia, a rogue prince and a mysterious princess race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time — a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.(Very different from the plot of the original 16-bit game.)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Jack Twist from Brokeback Mountain) as Dastan, the orphan that soon became the Prince of Persia and Gemma Arterton (Io from Clash of the Titans) as Tamina, the beautiful Princess of Alamut which is also the matriarch of the Guardians of the Sands of Time. Dastan’s father, King Sharaman is played by Ronald Pickup and his two brothers, Tus and Garsiv, played by Richard Coyle and Toby Kebbell. Nizam, King Sharaman’s brother and uncle to Dastan is played by Ben Kingsley (Dr. Cawley from Shutter Island).
The 2-hour movie was quite a feat. Just like the game, there was plenty of wall-jumping and dagger-throwing action. The CGI was nicely done too. However, there’s only one thing that’s missing, there wasn’t any trap door with deadly spears. Ask if I’ll watch it again, definitely yes. I give it a rating of 4/5.