Another epic adventure hits theaters this Memorial Day weekend as a well-muscled Jake Gyllenhaal embraces his new action star role in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."
Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer (the ones who brought us the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy) team up once again in this action-adventure, fantasy film directed by Mike Newell ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire").
Gyllenhaal is Dastan, a rough-and-tumble Persian prince who was plucked from his humble beginnings in town after King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup) sees something in the brave little orphan.
Dastan grows up in his new royal position, and is even more eager and adventurous than his new brothers.
Dastan is a sight to see when he fights, jumping from building to building with ease, running up walls and using ropes to swing into windows. It's no surprise the film is based on a video game.
The brothers, the king and his army invade the palace of the beautiful princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) because they believe her people are making and selling weapons to the enemies.
The captured Tamina is set to marry one of Dastan's older brothers, Tus (Richard Coyle), until a gift given to King Sharaman turns out to be poisoned and kills the king.
Because Dastan gives the king the poisoned robe gift, Dastan is accused of killing his adopted father.
Dastan claims he is innocent, but leaves the castle with the princess after everyone wants him dead.
Tamina and Dastan are forced to team up as they search for who really killed the king, and the real reason for invading her palace.
A magical dagger taken from her castle might be the reason. When the holder of the dagger presses the jewel at the top of the dagger, that person is turned into sand and can turn back time.
The dagger must be protected. If the wrong person gets a hold of it, the dagger can unleash a sandstorm that could destroy the world.
"Prince of Persia" is quite entertaining, and has some great characters and scenes with its sandstorms, creepy bad guys and action scenes.
Ben Kingsley is the awesomely evil Nizam, Dastan's uncle who turns out to have a sinister plan.
Alfred Molina is funny as Sheik Amar, an interesting man Dastan meets during his travel who is against the government and paying taxes and likes to organize ostrich races.
Gemma Arterton ("Clash of the Titans") is wonderful as Dastan's sidekick with her saucy comments and will to protect the magical dagger.
It will be interesting to see if "Prince of Persia" beats out "Sex and the City 2" as the top movie of the Memorial Day weekend. I think it just might as families flock to see this adventure.
"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Richard Coyle
Running time: 103 minutes