Friday, July 02, 2010

Game for more

TSI Five-O: Adventurous summer fun, Disney style

In the Disney tradition of turning theme rides and fairy tales into full blown movie franchises, “Prince of Persia” also turns out to be pretty enjoyable fun fare. Of course, it is modelled on the highly successful eponymous video game and the elements of adventure that made the game such a favourite come alive on the screen too. Mike Newell, the director, deserves some credit for that and having handled adventure in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, he is no stranger to the genre. The script is not as sliver thin as you might guess with a video game (the original game itself had a great backstory) and the casting also helps with Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley lending solidity to the performances and the action sequences ringing in the excitement.

The plot borrows from the game – the prince has to stop the evil ruler from getting his hands on the sands of time which will unleash an apocalyptic storm that will turn back time – but there are some refreshing twists along the way. Young Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an accomplished warrior who is adopted by the King of Persia. But, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy when the king passes away under mysterious circumstances. Dastan is accused of murder and is on the run with princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton), who he encountered at a battle in the holy city of Alamut. While he tries to clear his name with help from the princess, he realises the real conspiracy runs deeper as the evil Nizam (Ben Kingsley) is trying to gain control of the sands of time – a mystical weapon capable of changing the fabric of time. The chase against time offers enough opportunities for showcasing the parkour style fight sequences that players of the video game will recall. First time viewers will love the energy and the excitement as well.

The real stars of the movie are director Mike Newell and the producer with the magic touch, Jerry Bruckheimer. The foundation is well set for the sequels to be rolled out, and the Pirates franchise is any indication, I would say – bring it on! You’ll enjoy the experience whether you were a fan of the game or not but don’t go looking for intellectual stimulation and have fun watching the lovely landscapes and breathtaking action. More importantly, don’t dismiss it as a poor movie cousin of the video game (remember Max Payne and Lara Croft?) either.

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IIPM Editorial, 2009

An IIPM and Professor Arindam Chaudhuri (Renowned Management Guru and Economist) Initiative

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