Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

As the credits started rolling, I felt that "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" had lots of similarities to other films. Thanks to these elements and to the effective portrayals of the actors, I enjoyed watching the movie so much that I forgot that today is a weekday... I felt that it was a Sunday. 

So anyway, back to the movies that had a similar feel to the Prince of Persia...

Aladdin (1992)
The protagonist, Dastan, was born a street rat, just like Aladdin. The antagonist, Nizam (played by Sir Ben Kingsley), reminded me of Jafar. Perhaps it was the expression in the eyes; definitely, the hair and the headpiece kept the two characters distinct. In both movies, the opposing characters were after a specific object: in Aladdin, it was the magical oil lamp that contained the Genie; in Prince of Persia, it was the magical dagger that could be used to go back in time. 

300 (2007)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Dastan) had well-defined abs in this film, just like Gerard Butler in 300 (he played King Leonidas). Aside from the physical similarities of the leads, the two movies both used slow motion visual effects quite liberally. 

The Mummy (1999)
Both movies were set in the desert. The characters in both movies travelled to some remote region in the world to get or to hide an object. Mysterious characters attempted to stop the protagonists from reaching their destinations, but with different objectives.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
The Prince of Persia is based on a video game, just like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Time reversal was also a focal point in both movies. Lara Croft and Dastan went back in time to save their worlds using relics: Lara used the Triangle and Dastan used the dagger with the sands of time.

After the credits finished rolling, I was reminded that tomorrow is another work day. Off to bed!