If it’s Disney, it’s gotta be fantasy. The brand has been entertaining people of all ages with its magical creations for over half a century, and that’s exactly what it does with Prince of Persia. Not giving into the lure of 3D, Mike Newell offers you an old-fashioned action flick without compromising on the use of new technology.
Destiny may have lead to the orphan Dastaan (Jake Gyllenhaal) being adopted by the King of Persia, but he believes that one writes their own destiny. As a grown-up prince he sticks to his roots with his street fighting acrobats, quick reflexes and sharp brain. He uses his skills to help his brother invade the holy city of Alamut, where he unwittingly captures a fabled magical dagger.
Dastaan dashes on a run from his own people, with the captured Princess of Alamut (Gemma Arterton) when he is blamed for the murder of his father. He soon discovers the properties of the coveted dagger along with the threats it possesses, not the least of which are the dangerous enemies seeking it. Dodging expertly aimed daggers, gold-digging ‘businessmen’ and bloodthirsty, scorching serpents he hopes to prove his innocence to his family with the help of the sacred weapon.
The plot has you hooked, the creepy bad guys accompanied by an apt background score set your heart racing and the action- a medley of sword-fighting, martial arts and acrobats- is immensely entertaining. The proud Princess and Persian Prince constantly exchange verbal blows for conversation which keep the chemistry alive despite being cheesy. The sets are stunning as expected and the climax is a sheer visual treat of crystal and sand.
Persians are known for their opulence but the makers haven’t gone overboard but kept the tone subtle. It’s a relief to be able to watch a movie and enjoy it without the special effects swallowing it up. Go watch it to enjoy it and not dissect it. That’s what fantasies are meant for, to escape the real world!
It’s like watching the video game instead of playing it but being equally involved.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra