Disney has released the new trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Instead of my usual rant about the non-Persian Jake Gyllenhaal playing the title role, I’d instead like to focus on the question of whether this will be the first good video game movie. So far, I’m not sold. This newest trailer doesn’t turn me off to the film, but it does make me skeptical when they sum up the plot in five seconds (bad guys want magic dagger, get dagger to location X so bad guys won’t get it) and then spend the other 2 minutes and 25 seconds letting you know that this movie cost a lot of money. The effects look impressive, but the characters don’t seem to be very much fun. What passes for banter between Gyllenhaal and co-star Gemma Arterton is on the cringe-worthy side.
But maybe I’ll be happily proven wrong and Sands of Time will be the first video game movie to have a good story, a clever script, and worthwhile characters. If only there was a cheat code for that.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the official synopsis. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time hits theaters on May 28th.
From the team that brought the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME, an epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (GEMMA ARTERTON) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time—a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.