At the beginning of last month we got our first look at the official trailer for the upcoming Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directed video game adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. It looked like a lot of fun, with some particularly striking visuals and special effects, all the while paying tribute to the great Ubisoft game that it's based on.
And now we have some new footage from Prince of Persia, a teaser trailer of sorts that continues the same vibe we got from the first trailer, with maybe a little less of the jokey tone (I've heard complaints from folks about the dialogue being too silly and "on-liner-ish" - which is a valid complaint, admittedly).
The "First Look" footage comes from the Spike TV 2009 Video Game Awards that were held recently, presented by the film's star himself, Jake Gyllenhaal. It's only about a minute long but if you liked the look of the first trailer, it only builds on it.
Take a look:
I don't know about you but that looks like a load of popcorn fun to me. There will probably be nothing more to it when we see the finished product (as Gyllenhaal says above, the movie is not finished yet), but sometimes that's all you need to have a good time at the movie theater (that's sometimes, not ALWAYS :P ).
However, as fellow Screen Rant writer Rob Keyes pointed out when the first trailer struck - we have yet to see two of the crucial elements of the video game: the slow-mo fighting and the Prince running up and jumping on walls. However, I'm sure that will be included in there somewhere (perhaps the "not finished yet" status declared by Gyllenhaal refers to the post-production special effects?).
I just wanna' say that I find the poster ads for Prince of Persia very odd and intriguing: the trailers make it look like the popcorn entertainment film that it will no doubt be, but the posters we've seen for it - featuring Gyllenhaal and co-stars Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley - look like something out of a fashion magazine. Mixed messages to the average movie goer, no?
What do you make of the latest footage/teaser trailer for Prince of Persia? Do you think this movie will break the trend of bad video game adaptations? Or will it be another entry to add to that list?
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time hits theaters on May 28th, 2010.
Source: YouTube (thanks to /Film)
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