It is certainly not the most memorable summer for well received movies, as we have all come to know, grumble about and lose sleep over. Maybe we were spoiled with 2008’s dark knights, robots and iron clad heroes and 2009’s alien invasion and balloon flying escapades. So far there have been a few highlights, even if there have been even more dim ones plaguing our expectations and hopes for the summer movie culture. Check out how CyniCritics rated and reviewed some of the top movies released this summer and how our score compares with the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Directed by: Mike Newell Written by: Boaz Yakin & Doug Miro (screenplay) Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, and Alfred Molina
I must say, after seeing the abysmal trailer for this film, I’m somewhat pleasantly surprised with the end result. What initially looked like another bad video game adaptation with worse graphics than the actual game, Jerry Bruckheimer has done the unthinkable: taken the (resident) evil act of adapting a movie to screen and having it actually be entertaining. Alas, no Jack Sparrow to make this tale interesting or worth embarking on.
Bruckheimer makes a living off of these ridiculous ideas. He grossed more than a billion dollars off of a trilogy based on a Disney ride.Though he has production credits only, you can see his swash-buckling touch all over this desert tale. The Sex and the City girls decorate their Middle Eastern adventure with desperation mixed with luxury and a hint of American arrogance. You’ll find no such things metastasize on the surface of this film, though they are all there behind the scenes; a dwindling economy prevails but Bruckheimer still finds $200 million for his vision. It’s not so much arrogance as studio caution that a white male has been cast in the lead role as the Prince of Persia.