THE SAND GLASS

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Finally caught Prince of Persia after so long!

Young Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) was adopted from the streets of Persia by the King and grew up amongst royalty. He becomes a mighty warrior and prince along with his two elder brothers. After a spy sends word that the Holy City of Alamut has been supplying the enemies of Persia with weaponry, they plan an attack on the city. However, the King dies of mysterious circumstances shortly after and all fingers point at Dastan, he flees with Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) of Alamut in a bid to clear his name. Tamina tells Dastan that the dagger he possesses is the reason why Alamut was invaded and Dastan has to find out who framed him for the King’s death and also prevent the wrong hands from getting the sacred dagger.

Woah! Look at Jake Gyllenhaal’s muscles! Initially, it felt weird to look at it cos Jake Gyllenhaal looks more like the literary type? But after the first ten minutes of the movie, you kinda get used to those bulging muscles underneath his (usually) half-open shirt. The thing that amazes me most is not his muscles, but PARKOUR! Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movement to the environment. He trained in parkour for his role and was thus able to jump across buildings and land safely on them. Other aspects that were interesting were ostrich racing – who knew people could ride on them, the tax-avoiding Sheik and the scary snakes owned by the Hassansins.

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