‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ Trailer

I’ve never actually played the more recent Prince of Persia games, but if it’s anything like this trailer I’m kind of excited. For those that don’t know, the movie is based upon the video game of the same name, though the original was released in 1989. The movie however is based on the newer versions of the game which are supposed to really great.

The movie reminds me of Aladdin, but here’s how Wikipedia sums it up:

Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a street urchin in 6th century Persia. After showing valor in battle, he is adopted by the king as his heir, so the king’s two sons will not fight over the throne. He teams up with Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to rescue the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that controls time, from the hands of the villainous nobleman, Nizam (Ben Kingsley).

In my opinion this movie has two good things going for it. The first is that it’s being released by Disney and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the teams behind Pirates of the Caribbean. I really enjoyed all of the Pirates movies, especially the third one, so I’m hoping this film will be in the same “it’s fun, don’t over think it” genre. Second is that it’s being directed by Mike Newell who also directed the fourth Harry Potter film. He’s got a really great style and I think it really shines in the trailer.

The film is going to be released on May 28th, 2010, so it’s not too far away.


12 Comments ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ Trailer

  1. shabutie November 3, 2009 at 7:15 AM

    when i first heard that they were making a prince of persia movie i got ecstatic, i mean, i’ve played everyone of the new games and the old ones and loved them all. then the casting information came out. we have jake gyllenhaal playing the prince of PERSIA, and the princess is played by red head. the only ethnic person in a main role is sir ben kingsley and he’s the villian. i don’t know, maybe i’m over thinking it, but i would have thought in today’s age of globalization we could have a semi-ethnic cast to star in a movie that is set in a very ethnic area. i’m not normally offended by things like this, but not gonna lie, it’s really been bugging me.

  2. peggy lou November 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    looks like another mindless cgi-action-orgy. and since when it’s a good thing when a film is produced by bruckheimer? and in my opinion the fourth harry potter movie is the worst…yeah, well.

  3. Bobby November 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    @Shabutie & Peggy: It’s just a movie and it’s meant to be enjoyed. If you don’t like it, don’t see it.

  4. peggy lou November 3, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    i don’t think that you mean it that way, but calling it “just” a movie degrades the cinema as an art form…but i don’t want to be nagging on a blog that i really like, so i stop here.

  5. Bobby November 3, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    @Peggy Lou – No I really mean it, it’s just a movie. There are true, artistic, amazing films out there, and then there’s stuff like this where it’s nice to escape and be entertained for a couple of hours. Why does it need to be more than that?

  6. shabutie November 3, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    oh i know its just a movie, i have no problem with that. i mean i loved transformers. that movie if you look at it artistically was horrible, but i enjoyed it a great deal, cause hey, who doesn’t love explosions. my issue is though in hollywood minorities are seriously getting the short end of the stick. either they are forced into roles that are just pure stereotypes, or they don’t get roles at all. i mean there are the times when you see some actually getting that good role that has depth, but not enough. so what i’m saying is it’s just painful to see a film like prince of persia with neither of the lead roles played by anyone of persian, arab, or even indian heritage. i guess disney is a major corporation and they do have a priority to making money so i can’t fault them for not taking a risk and going with bankable stars. i’m not dumping on the movie, its more of lamentation of the lack of serious roles (or even fun dumb action movie roles) for minorities.

    but on another related note, disregarding the whole issue i have with the casting, visual this movie will probably blow some neurons and give me a serious action film erection. sometimes you gotta just check your issues at the door and enjoy a film for what it is, 2 hours of shameless enjoyment.

  7. Bobby November 3, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    @Shabutie – I agree with you on the issue of Persian heritage, it’s a shame that they didn’t fill it with someone who actually comes close to it. But can you think of a major Hollywood actor that would fit the role? Maybe that too is Hollywood’s fault, but I think it’s a question that could be asked.

  8. shabutie November 3, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    yeah that’s why i don’t want to rain on this movie’s parade to much. this movie’s main purpose is purely to make money, and you aren’t gonna take a risk and cast a no name in the lead role just to further the advancement of minorties. you can’t fault them for making a good business decision.

    i guess ill just have to wait for a low budget indie prince of persia. but then i would have to deal with a soundtrack filled with elliott smith, and that’s a whole different issue altogether. :)

  9. Sean November 3, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    I’ve already seen “The Mummy”

  10. peggy lou November 5, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    don’t get me wrong, i like action movies, but movies like transformers, g.i. joe and maybe even the prince of persia (judging by the trailer) are more like action-porns. they don’t even try to tell a halfway good story anymore, it’s just becoming an excuse for all the explosions, and watching scene after scene of endless action is pretty tiring for me.

    “it’s nice to escape and be entertained for a couple of hours”
    so this counts only for this kind of movies? for my part, i can also escape from reality watching artistic/whatever movies, and even be entertained by them!

    “Why does it need to be more than that?”
    because i love cinema. see, they invest millions and millions in making such big action flicks, why not spend some more effort into a good script? is it too much asked for? of course it has to be entertaining, every movie has to, that’s the sense of telling stories. but imagine these movies would contain great action (the pacing and style could still get better) AND a great story, they would be on a total different level and last longer in the minds of the viewers. i think citing “the matrix”, “the dark knight” (not really fan of, but well) or maybe even “pirates” is needless. the problem is just that the audience is more and more satisfied with fewer.

    yes, i watch stupid movies too, sometimes. but they are meant to be (over the top) stupid and cost much less.

  11. maxoid November 5, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Prince of Persia, the game, was/is kickass. Solid art, engaging story, good sense of humor, compelling gameplay. This movie looks to be falling right in line with that ethos. Sit back and enjoy! Comfort yourself with knowing you would have made more socially progressive casting choices, discuss this lack of cultural sensitivity post-viewing over some pints with good mates. The world of artistic cinema doesn’t take any hits from people being entertained.

    That said, I do wish that all the talent and effort put into productions like this would be put to use on more skillfully-written screenplays and more original concepts. Doesn’t happen often enough to sate my appetite for top-notch culture. Looks like people are having fun all around, though, and there’s something to be said for that.

  12. Romane November 5, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Yeah… The games is better than look like the trailer….

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