Judging by this trailer for the upcoming Prince of Persia film starring Jake Gyllengarbleflitz, the movie won't be taking home any Academy Awards - but it might actually be pretty decent.
Okay, let's get this out of the way: Though the movie is called Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, if you go into watching the trailer with the idea that it will be a completely faithful retelling - or even a retelling at all - of the beloved last-generation title, you're going to be disappointed. It seems to be loosely based on an amalgamation of the four most recent PoP games (the trappings of the Sands of Time trilogy, with the interaction between the Prince and the girl a bit more like that of the Prince and Elika in last year's installment), with the idea of "Okay, there's a Persian Prince, and there's a Dagger of Time and the Sands of Time. That's everything, right? We can make the rest up as we go along."
True, this movie isn't going to be groundbreaking, and there's plenty of action/adventure movie tropes and cliches visible in just the trailer alone, but it actually doesn't look too bad at all. Jake Gyllensomething, though not being Persian by any stretch of the means, is a perfectly fine actor, it's clear that Jerry Bruckheimer has been able to wrangle quite the special effects budget, and Harry Gregson-Williams is doing the soundtrack.
Best of all, if the trailer is any indication, the movie might at least try to replicate the acrobatic climbing/running/jumping that the series is known for. Because wallrunning (and doing a flip over some chump to stab the aforementioned chump in the kidneys) is completely awesome.
Will it be Best Picture of the year and change your worldview forever? No. But does it have the potential to be a genuinely good videogame flick? ...yeah. Yeah, it kind of does.