Walt Disney Pictures has released additional footage from its upcoming adventure flick Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the Mouse House’s big-budget adaptation of the popular video game of the same name.
Prince of Persia – which is directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) – revolves around one Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a ruggish warrior who seeks to protect an ancient dagger capable of controlling time itself from the villainous warlord Nizam (Ben Kingsley) – a quest he is aided on by the mysterious Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton).
Will Prince of Persia break the trend of previous video game-based movies and be a financial and/or critical success? Based off this early footage it should at least leave a better impression on moviegoers than the infamous 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. movie.
First, we have a clip of Dastan in action as he flees an onslaught of guards – armed with bows and arrows no less – across the rooftops of a Middle Eastern town. Suffice it to say he gives them a run for their money.
Just have a look for yourselves:
Based off this clip, it seems that Prince of Persia will avoid the overly-kinetic, rapid-fire editing style of a lot of modern action flicks – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen being a prime example – and settle for something overall more comprehensible and less exhausting.
Is it just me or do the sound effects seem a tad bit over-the-top, almost borderline cartoonish? That might seem less the case when I view this film in theaters so I’ll withhold judgement for now.
Additionally, there is a short scene that shows Dastan and Tamina as they run for their lives while an ancient, sand-strewn temple collapses beneath their feet.
You can check that out below:
The CGI in this sequence looks kind of dodgy to me – not to mention the expression of terror on Gyllenhaal’s face is unintentionally hilarious – but that too might be due to the fact that I’m viewing this footage on a computer and not up on the big screen.
But what do you think? Does Prince of Persia look as cool – if not more so – than before?
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will hit theaters in the U.S. on May 28, 2010.
Read more about the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands video game at Game Rant.
Sources: Walt Disney Pictures, Yahoo