On : 2010-05-28 11:31:28
Much of the hype surrounding the Jerry Bruckheimer faux-epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the Disney adaptation of the blockbuster videogame, has centered on its star, Jake Gyllenhaal, who for the past several months has been the main target of a not-inconsiderable amount of ridicule leveled at the film’s trailers, which admittedly range from cheesy to laughable. Surprisingly (to yours truly, at least), Gyllenhaal isn’t nearly as unconvincing an action hero in the role of Dastan, Prince of Persia's main protagonist, as the footage seemingly presaged.
Granted, the period of adjustment required to take the Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain star seriously as a swashbuckling ladies’ man is far longer than that of, say, Johnny Depp or Robert Downey Jr., and Gyllenhaal's English accent does have the annoying habit of lapsing into a sort of drunken Cockney during times of stress, but he still proves more than adequate by established popcorn-movie standards.
The film's plot draws primarily from the 2003 iteration of the game. The adopted son of Sharaman (Ronald Pickup), king of the film’s ahistorical, non-denominational ninth-century “Persia,” former street kid Dastan is raised alongside his father’s birth sons Tus (Richard Coyle) and Garciv (Toby Kebbell), and grows up to become a great warrior loved by royalty and commonfolk alike.