Prince of Persia

release year: 2010
genre: action/adventure
viewing setting: home DVD, 11/12/10

synopsis: A noble young warrior gets caught up in an evil plot and becomes the only hope to save the world from the wrath of the gods.

impressions: I'm not familiar with any of these games after the one I played on the Commodore 64 in the late 1980s, but I found this to be a good, solid action-adventure with plenty of fighting, stunts, and mystical elements. It reminded me a lot of the Mummy series. The plot was sensible for this sort of thing, and moved along at a brisk pace. The true nature of what was going on, and the last fifteen minutes or so, were fun to behold. Good stuff.

something this movie has that no other movie has: Ostrich racing.

acting: Jake Gyllenhaal does a good job as the hero; whether it was him or stuntpeople who did all the fighting and leaping, someone did a great job there too. Gemma Atherton is a young princess who's tied to far greater things. Ben Kingsley is an insidious evil uncle. Alfred Molina is a shady ostrcih racing promoter.

final word: Good action fun with a mystical desert twist.

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