dvd reviews

September 16, 2010
By Jared Curtis


‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’

Directed by Mike Newell

Rated PG-13, 116 minutes

I was never a fan of the “Prince of Persia” video games. And I’m sure the enjoyment from females who watched this movie isn’t due to the game’s intricate levels — it’s because Jake Gyllenhaal looks like he was cut out of marble. Seriously, he must have been on a steroids preparing for this role. Or maybe a body double? Who knows? But what I do know is “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is a steaming pile of crap that could rival “Clash of the Titans” as the worst stud-with-a-sword film of the year. Gyllenhaal stinks up the screen as Dastan, a peasant turned warrior who stumbles across a sword that can reverse time. He’s blamed for the king’s death, meets a hot chick and fights a bunch of enemies. Everyone involved (especially Ben Kingsley) in this film should be ashamed, and viewers who actually enjoyed this film should feel even worse. CV



Directed by James Cox

2002, Rated R, 97 minutes

I wanted to highlight one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s small indie films that went unnoticed upon its release. In fact, the first time I viewed “Highway,” it was late at night on a dumpy cable station. But I was surprised at what an entertaining film “Highway” turned into. Nirvanna’s Kurt Cobain was my generation’s John Lennon, and when he died it left a void unlike any other. “Highway” is based around a trip with two friends — Jack (Jared Leto) and Pilot (Gyllenhaal) — as they scramble to escape Las Vegas gangsters and end up heading to Cobain’s massive vigil in Seattle. Along the way they cross paths with a call girl (Selma Blair) and a wild-eyed flower child (scene stealer John C. McGinley), and the priorities of their trip become blurry. “Highway” isn’t a great movie, but it captures a moment in time with honesty, which is hard to find these days in Hollywood. CV

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