When it's over, Jake Gyllenhaal is still a wonderful actor, just not convincing enough to play Dastan, the young prince who must save the world by preventing a magic dagger that reverses time from falling into evil hands. Dastan is aided, off and on, by princess Tamina, played by Gemma Arterton. There's tons of action and loads of stunts that mimic the video game the character of Dastan is based on. Plus, enough one liners and cliches to make one roll their eyes to exhaustion. Still, after two viewings of this film, I would have to admit, it was entertaining. I actually liked it more the second time around. The setting and costumes were a delight and I suppose, having Gyllenhaal flex his pecs here and there didn't hurt either.
My rating: 3 out of 5
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