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Editorial: The Prince of Persia Movie Deserves Our Support

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Last week Friday I was invited to go and see the new Prince of Persia movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton.

I’m just going to cut to the chase here and say that I (as well most of the other journalists with me) actually really enjoyed its epic scale, great action and breathtaking special effects. Since my viewing though, I have seen a few people here and there saying that they weren’t thaaaat impressed. Now, I review games, and I enjoy it but to be completely honest with you, I really don’t have the first clue about reviewing movies, I just watch them and decide if it was an entertaining two hours or so.

What I do know is that Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is the stepping stone that could make or break our chances of seeing good adaptations in the future, and we need to support it because it deserves as much.

We need to stop being the problem.

Game to movie adaptions are usually shocking, this is common knowledge and a trend that really kicked off back in the day when Super Mario Brothers hit the silver screens.

Comic books are the prime example of how it takes time to create something spectacular. Batman in the 60’s was a joke but then Tim Burton created something unique with his renditions, only to have the series destroyed by a couple of other morons. Now we have Christopher Nolan’s films on the scene, changing what people thought they knew about movies based on comic book characters.

Game adaptations will also take time, but I believe that Prince of Persia is a massive step in the right direction, if not the first to actually land in that direction. While some people may burden the movie with the biggest insult of all, calling it ‘average’, they seem to miss the point of maybe even their own words.

Prince of Persia was fun, it was well crafted and somehow managed to stay true to the games of old, without ever feeling like it was trying to say “look, we just did that thing that you saw in the game that one time!”.

Prince of Persia is hands down the best game to movie adaptation that I have seen since Silent Hill and joins the ranks of the only two game adaptations that I consider worthy of being films that can stand on their own.

Hollywood has woken up and realised that games contain some really good material that can properly translate over to the big screen. They are slowly starting to see that if they don’t have good talent working on the films, and decent budgets, the movies will fail miserably.

The Halo movie was cancelled and the Gears of War movie is looking a little wonky at the moment, even though these are two massive franchises that could pull in loads of money for the production companies. They are all scared of flops, and you know what? It’s our fault.

We need to stop being so incredibly cynical. When I heard that Bruckheimer had picked up the rights to the Prince of Persia movie, and they had cast Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead, I was really excited. No one else seemed to share my enthusiasm though. Many quickly passed it off as an instant failure, despite all the elements that pointed towards a possible good result.

It is very important that Prince of Persia does well, it needs to do well because it’s one of the first game adaptations that really seems to get it, and if we all show our support and watch it, we will only encourage Hollywood to get off of their butts and deliver some spectacular movies to gamers in the future.

The Mass Effect movie is coming. It could be the best new thing to happen to Sci-Fi since the 70’s (the new Star Trek excluded) and I really want them to pump some serious money into it, don’t you?

So please readers, if you haven’t already (I know it’s not out everywhere just yet), then go and watch Prince of Persia and let us know what you thought about it in the comments below.

And for Pete’s sake, don’t pirate the movie. They have finally put a good budget into a decent game to movie adaptation, don’t destroy a bright future for game adaptations by not supporting it.

Last Updated: May 26, 2010

11 Comments

  1. I was thinking of downloading it, but you convinced me other wise 🙂 I think it releases Friday! Movies here I come!!

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  2. Jonni

    May 26, 2010 at 13:04

    I’m not going to support a crap movie. IMO prince of persia is crap. Especially when compared to bruckheimers pirate movies. I was very disappointed in this movie. Resident evil movies are awesome though.

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  3. Adolph Current

    May 26, 2010 at 13:21

    The casting just baffles my mind. So they cast a Swedish-American guy as the Persian Prince. Can you honestly tell me there are no Persian-looking or even Italian or other Mediterranean fellas who couldn’t have played this role? It’s just pathetic.

    Just because of Hollywood racebending I will not be watching this movie.

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  4. savishahu

    May 26, 2010 at 13:51

    savishahu this is best film
    prince of peris god movie and best singar
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    ha ……………..ha…………ha,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ha……………………ha………..ha……………………………………from
    ………………………….savi

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  5. Apocalypse ZA

    May 26, 2010 at 15:29

    Jesus guys, complain, complain and complain some more why dont you. Are you also going to complain when you see the A-Team and it has a South African in it and say it sucked, couldnt they have used an American instead. I totally agree with the artical. Were are the biggest bunch of negitive ppl ive met, never anything good to say about anything. Just be glad they made a ok movie.Plus thank god it wasnt made by Hugh Bole.

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  6. Someone

    May 26, 2010 at 15:45

    The chicks HOT… Thats enough reason to watch it :happy:

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  7. V@mp

    May 26, 2010 at 19:43

    Thanx Nick.Glad someone agrees with me.Had high hopes for this one to not completely suck.Went to watch it on Sunday and actually really enjoyed it.What I was really glad they got right was to make it feel like the adventure movies of old.(Which the last Indiana Jones couldn’t get right) Yes, the dialogue is covered in cheese,but that’s part of the charm.Nice to see them use the free-running concept quite a bit in the movie.
    And to everyone bitching about a white prince.In which game exactly does the prince look even REMOTELY Persian??? :ermm:

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  8. xdvd

    May 26, 2010 at 20:31

    I agree with Nick on this one. I watched this movie at the cinema with my son. I went in with no expectations and you know what? I (and my son, who knows nothing about POP) thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Despite the fact that the storyline of the movie was not based on any particular POP game, it is one of the most faithful game to movie adaptions yet (along with silent hill). As a movie it worked because the acting was believable (despite the british accents),the story made sense (bar a few inconsistencies), the free running / parkour stunts were awesome (just like POP), the special effects were avatar / district 9 worthy and above all else – it was entertaining. After watching the movie it made me want to play POP forgotten sands and that to me means that the film was successful in what it was trying to accomplish. Make no mistake, this is no far cry, house of the dead, postal, bloodrayne (note – all uwe boll monstrosities). This movie is no academy award masterpiece, but it is a step in the right direction and hopefully the announced halo/gears of war/uncharted/god of war, etc. movies will be as good as if not better than the POP movie. Support this movie, you won’t be disapointed. Or you can always watch streetfighter – legend of chun li and see how great that is.(sarcasm)

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  9. Zxephin

    May 27, 2010 at 04:53

    Thanks Nick! I havent seen it yet, but im 100% with you. I am totally going to see this movie. It looks like alot of fun, and i really want it to do well. Gamers who want to see movies made out of their favorite source materials NEED this movie to do well. So im going to see it and im gonna drag as many people as i can with me.

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  10. Shinobi7

    May 27, 2010 at 07:23

    I thought it was a good movie, despite what many critics say.It wasn’t epic, but it was good.

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  11. Prince Bobby Kotick

    May 30, 2010 at 22:33

    I went to see PoP this afternoon, and it was an OK popcorn movie. It’s not nearly as terrible as some of the reviews make it out to be, although Gyllenhaal’s accent started to annoy me towards the end.

    Anyway, it’s nice to see parkour featured in a movie again. The last time I saw anyone use parkour was in Luc Basson’s District 13 (featuring the founder of parkour David Belle) and in the beginning of Casino Royale.

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