Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (in theaters now), is Jake Gyllenhaal.
Best known for his performances as wide-eyed teens in October Sky and Donnie Darko and his Oscar nominated turn in the modern classic Brokeback Mountain, Gyllenhaal is an unexpected choice for a big Hollywood summer movie like this one, but he rises to the occasion. All toned and scruffy, he tackles (literally) each of the (many) action sequences with a leading man bravado and a sly gleam in his eyes that anchors this better-than-average video game adaptation. Without Jake, the movie would drift off the screen as easily as sands through an hourglass ...
UPDATE: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.com.
Click here to continue reading my Toon Talk review of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time at LaughingPlace.com.