Based on the hit 2003 video game of the same name, Prince of Persia is more... inspired by, than a carbon copy of the game, and it is definitely one of the best film adaptations of a video game, if not THE best.
I must admit, I was impressed with the quality of acting in this film, most notably Jake Gyllenhaal who brings a very driven performance to the role of Prince Dastan, though there are times when his slightly British accent seems to falter. Bond girl Gemma Arterton plays the princess of a conquered kingdom who seems to know more than she's saying and I did like the love-hate relationship between the two, starting out as constant bickering and evolving into a genuine affection for each other, inspired by the relationship the Prince has with Farah in the Sands of Time game and the dialogue between them is very snarky and witty.
There are plenty of action sequences and it's clear that Gyllenhaal prepared excellently for the fight sequences, and the special effects were very pretty to look at, particularly the sequences where Dastan rewinds time. However, this film is let down by a plot that at times is hard to follow and it must be said that the villain from the Sands of Time game is much more sinister and diabolical than Sir Ben Kingsley, who instead of chasing immortality, only wants to be king himself. Though this film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer whose most famous work is Pirates of the Caribbean, Prince of Persia doesn't live up to its full potential and doesn't match up to the landmark that was Curse of the Black Pearl.
This is good for people looking for sword fighting adventure films, but this is not Pirates of the Caribbean or Lord of the Rings. It will entertain and fans of the games will appreciate some of the visual references, but it is not an epic and if Disney wants to make a franchise, they will need to really pull out all the stops.