Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

This review is about a week or so over due, and comes as the film has been out for quite a while already. Better late than never, right? I blame Anvil. Or France. You choose.

Adopted by royalty as a boy from the streets, Dastan is to join his brothers in war in the far eastern corners of the Persian Empire. Little does he realize that others have different plans. After arriving in Alamut, and improvising a way to invade the city, Dastan finds himself at the center of his father's untimely death. Accused of his murder, Dastan must now make his escape with the dagger he claimed as his prize. It doesn't end there as Dastan soon finds the dagger has incredible powers and he must now aid the princess of Alamut in protecting it from falling into the wrong hands.

As you may or may not be aware, this movie is based on a video game title from the 1980s by the same name. Don't let its heritage fool you though, this movie is able to hold its own with an interesting story and plenty of action, adventure, and suspense. Over the course of events, Dastan and others make a criss-cross journey across most of the Persian Empire of the time. Plenty of opportunities abound for all sorts of mischief and mayhem. Many scenes of which pay subtle homage to the talents of the main character from the video game - namely that he's able to perform some incredible acrobatic feats. This was kept within the realm of realism though, so don't go into it thinking that it'll be entirely ridiculous.

The plot and story of the movie hold together very well and had no real inconsistencies. Events unfold that hold your interest and keep you in your seat. There's not a whole lot of action fantasy movies that are able to deliver on a good story, but this is one of them. Interactions between Dastan's family members and others in the royal court provide plenty of motivation for things to unfold the way they do. Tensions build up nicely toward a pretty good ending to things, which closes everything up nicely and doesn't leave much hanging in the end. All in all, you'll come away satisfied that things worked out.

There isn't any excessive violence, gore, or profanity, and as far as I'm remembering, no nudity. So it should be kid-safe for those who are bringing along the little ones.

All in all, a refreshing change from the usual and well worth the time. Assuming you can muster the will to tolerate the pre-movie advertising in your area.

On the Horizon

Still interested in Inception and will probably spring for that one next. It opens Friday.

Decided to skip the Predators reboot. All indications from TV ads and internet spots have it coming off on the extremely lame side.

Also passed on Toy Story 3 and The Last Airbender. I'm told Toy Story 3 is worth it, but I just don't have the desire for some reason. That nagging feeling that I should wait for the DVD or something.

And from there, scanning through IMDB, it looks like a really long, hot, miserable summer of absolute crap movies clear into November where the drivel is finally broken by the next Harry Potter movie.

Followed in December by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Tron Legacy. It's going to be a long wait.
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"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

       
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Posted on Jul 15, 2010 12:13 am by Samson in: | 10 comment(s) [Closed]
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Hmm, sounds like a pretty strong endorsement of the movie. I've got another job interview today (wish me luck, we really need me to get one of these soon), so maybe in the relatively near future I'll be able to consider taking the family out for a movie now and then again, if so, then it sounds like this one would be a good choice.

I don't think I'd heard of Inception before this, it sounds interesting, if a bit twisted and if only because it's not yet another remake, but it's rated PG-13 for "violence and action throughout" so I'll probably let you tell us how it was before I decide if it's one we'd want our kids to see.

I got tired of the Predator series a couple of installments ago. I won't be bothering with this new installment.

It's a really tough call, I'm not really interested in either, but my kids do like the Toy Story franchise so we'll probably see it eventually though most likely only when it comes out on cable/satellite. Oddly enough, Dragona's eldest has been clamoring for months about The Last Airbender, so we'll probably end up having to rent a copy of it when it releases to video.

Gee, Hollywood's produced us a crap summer? I can't honestly say that surprises me at all, I've been mostly unimpressed by Hollywood of late anyway. The next Harry Potter installment we won't miss though, if possible we'll even spring for the theater for that one.

December's bringing us the next Chronicles of Narnia installment? Hmm, that could be a long wait indeed, but again, that's one we'll probably spring the actual theater for.
I'm not so revved up for the Tron remake though, it was an awesome movie back in 1982, but it isn't the 80s anymore and I'm not entirely convinced that Hollywood can handle that movie in a fashion that still does justice to it as a remake. Guess only time will tell at this juncture.

       
Yep, I was as surprised as you that the next Narnia is slated for December. I'd heard nothing before spotting it on the IMDB list. Not that I'd been looking, but still.

Tron Legacy is actually more of a sequel than a remake. At least as far as the incredibly awesome trailer they showed at the theater. Perhaps it's the ubergeek in me, but there's no way I'd miss it :)

I'll try not to let Inception go by for a week before posting about it, if I end up going tomorrow. Apparently Dwip had summer returned to California and it's awfully damn hot around here lately.

       
Hmm, maybe I'll watch for trailers on Tron Legacy and reserve judgement for a bit yet then.

No huge rush on Inception though, even if I manage to get hired today somewhere it's not like I'd be able to get caught back up financially for some time at this point, especially not with the types of job positions that have been becoming available lately. Now if I could find a *good* IT job somewhere again, but not with just retail or warehouse level. :shrug:

As for the heat, if Dwip manged to send you all his summer weather and you're really that upset about it, I'd be more than happy to return the favor in ind by sending him all my summer weather if I could figure out how. :lol: We had a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service for our area Tuesday morning through tonight with a strong chance of them extending it through the weekend. We've been hitting 3 digit highs all week with the heat index adding 10-11 degrees each day too. Presently, WeatherBug says it's 97 with a heat index of 109 but the thermometer I've got mounted outside my front door says it's 104 (the heat index isn't likely to change from being +12 degrees from that either) and I've got a job interview in an hour to get to yet too. :(

       
More like summer has spawned demonic offshoots that are invading California. It's like 84 with 68% humidity here. That's only because of the thunderstorms.

Conner - good luck!

       
Dude, 84 even with that kind of humidity surely must beat 108?

And yes, good luck Conner :)

       

Followed in December by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Now that is something i cannot wait to see, i loved the books and loved the other movies.

       
Normally it does, but it keeps actually raining, so it was actually moderately pleasant once it got late.

...er, oh. Then I learned to read. No, it's the humidity that makes all the difference, trust me. Hot and dry is one thing, but hot and super humid is just soul crushing.

       
Edited by Dwip on Jul 15, 2010 7:49 pm
Thanks Dwip! :)
As it turned out, they told me that they liked me but still have a few other interviews to conduct and if I'm among the finalists I'll get a call in a few days to come back in for a second interview. *fingers crossed*

Can't argue that perspective, Fury. :grinning:

Samson/Dwip: The rain should be helping to keep the temp down though, but yeah, high humidity sucks, but once you reach a certain point, it really doesn't feel like it matters anymore how hot it gets, it's still just too brutal to deal with and even breathing becomes tough. :(

       
OMG OMG

Just starting to see posters pop up for The Expendables.

THE EXPENDABLES is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal.


Sure, typical basic action movie plot, but geez, look at that cast! It's got STONE COLD Steve Austin! (yeah, yeah, I'm a ex-WWF (pre-WWE) fan :P )

Just how does a Governor get time off to do a movie?

       
As far as I'm concerned you can keep the entire WWx for yourself.. but, as a wrestling (and I use the term "wrestling" very loosely here) fan, how can you continue to not see The Princess Bride? One of it's stars was Andre the Giant, and he was very WWF before he died (in 1993) which was well before WWE hit the scene if I'm not mistaken...

Haven't most California Governors managed to get time off for filming over the last half century or so? :lol:

       
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