Out Now – 21st May 2010

Many films out today, let’s get right to it.

Prince of Persia

We reviewed this fun bit of distraction earlier in the week and reckon it’s worth a watch if you’re looking for an enjoyable film with pretty people in it that doesn’t make you want to buy the DVD.

Bad Lieutenant

I don’t know much about the plot but I’m guessing wildly that it involves a dirty cop. Nicholas Cage is supposed to be very good and so is the entire film. The fact that the posters actually look a bit different to the usual fare makes me want to see this film. I think I’m getting over my odd hatred of Cage. Thank you Kick Ass.

Cop Out

This was oh so nearly the “Flop of the Week”. Tracey Jordan and Bruce Willis in a buddy cop comedy directed by Kevin Smith that fails to push any boundaries or do anything new. The reviews were so bad Kevin Smith has banned critics from future press screenings of his work, if he does indeed have the power to do that.

A 3D British dance film featuring Diversity off the telly and a plot where ballet and street dancing comes together!?!?!? I think I’ll leave it there.

Heartless (limited release)
Described as an Urban Gothic and is about, “Jamie Morgan, a young man with a large heart-shaped birthmark on his face, discovers that there are demons on the streets of East London.” Could be interesting. If it’s at a cinema near me and I remember I may go and see this. Endorsement of the week, expect to see that on posters everywhere.

Pimp (limited release)
Ha! Danny Dyer is a tryer I’ll give him that, he never seems to give up on this acting lark. He plays a pimp (probably) who is a right tough guy and gets in fights and has sex (angrily) with women before/after calling them “slags”.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – Review

I wasn’t expecting much going into The Prince of Persia and as soon as I spied Papyrus typeface onscreen, a major peeve for font nerds and civilised society, I thought my expectations were going to be met. The incredibly rushed opening sequences didn’t help either, rather leaving me a bit confused and impatient. As someone who has never played the game on which the film was based I needed a slightly gentler introduction into the world.

I suppose they were simply trying to get the back-story out of the way so that the story itself could begin and to be fair they succeeded at that. Once my haze of confusion lifted, and I got over Jake Gyllenhaal’s accent, I found myself actually enjoying the film. What saved the movie for me was the humour present throughout. It wasn’t exactly clever humour but the general back and forth between Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton made the long desert journeys and bizarre plot all the more bearable, and Alfred Molina was a real highlight as the charismatic Sheik.

Sadly the plot really is bizarre, though surely all the more plausible in a video game, as Gyllenhaal and Arterton fight over a knife that can turn back time while his family troubles rage on in the background. The Prince of Persia isn’t going to be watched for it’s plot, it is going to be watched for its attractive cast and the promise of some action. On these points the film does deliver and while it’s not the most fun I’ve had inside a cinema this year there are worse ways to while away two hours.

The film does have a lot to thank its actors for as had the cast not been so damned attractive this review would look a lot different. I’m shallow like that.