Earlier today, a leaked version of the Prince of Persia trailer was taken from a UK television broadcast and placed on a little-known site called YouTube. Several other movie websites picked it up and started running with it, but not us. Why did we decide to take the moral highground against piracy and leaked footage? Well, we didn’t. I was just taking a nap.
Luckily, the folks at MySpace released the trailer in high definition right as I was waking up from my mid-afternoon slumber, saving me from any ethical dilema. Not that there is one, we will always deliver the goodies to our readers. Anyway, the trailer features our first look at what promises to be an adventure story on a large scale, with Jake Gyllenhaal as the thinly accented Prince, trying to escape with a very special dagger and hide it before the forces of evil (played by Ben Kingsley and Toby Kebbel) can get it and use it for, well… evil. At his side is the smooth-skinned, mysterious princess (Gemma Arterton) who serves as both his and our guide in this trailer.
My first impressions are those of surprise, as I did not exactly expect this Mike Newell-directed film to come barreling out with such a grande teaser trailer. But once put into context with Jerry Bruckheimer as producer, it makes sense. This movie feels very much like it will be to video game adaptations what Pirates of the Caribbean was to theme park ride adaptations — the exception to the rule. A fun, entertaining and exciting film where no such thing should ever be.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is in theaters May 28, 2010. Check out the trailer below or in HD over at MySpace.