The title might be familiar to any of those who've played the phenomenally successful videogames, and its script might be credited to those games' creator Jordan Mechner, but the latest film to unspool this summer season, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, is still no more or less than an all-out Jerry Bruckheimer adventure. His fondness for regular beats of action, idiosyncratic comic relief and a love-hate relationship between the lead couple are all present and accounted for, and at times you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd wandered into Pirates 4.
And that's no bad thing, because what Bruckheimer does best is deliver entertaining summer adventure for the multiplex masses, even if it does follow a tried and true formula. If it ain't broke, as they say, don't fix it. To that end Prince of Persia is a success; it's never less than a fun twist on sword and sandals epics, and while its band of misfits may not be quite up to Jack Sparrow's standards, they're still plenty to see you through its comfortable runtime.