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Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia

Date: Jul 14 2010

Grammar: You're vs. Your


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The actor Jake Gyllenhaal seems like the ultimate softie, with his puppy dog eyes and his history of dating women who end up breaking his heart (Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon...who will be next?). So it’s a little weird to see him all beefed up and starring in the new action movie Prince of Persia.

In Prince of Persia Gyllenhaal plays a…well, a Persian Prince, who has to fight to save his kingdom. There may be more to the film’s plot than that, but probably not much, since the movie is based on a video game. Find out how Jeff and Devan feel about this new trend…and Jake’s new look.


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Jeff:  Hey, one thing I’ve noticed, Devan, is a lot of video games are being turned into movies these days. What’s your take on that?

Devan:  Well, that’s been going on for a little while, you know, there was that Mario movie back in the early 90s. But I guess it didn’t start happening as frequently until recently, and that probably has a lot to say about the rise in popularity of video games. They sell like crazy.

Jeff:  That’s true. There was also The Wizard starring Fred Savage.

Devan:  Oh yes.

Jeff:  Those are some early examples, but this Prince of Persia is coming out, and I think Tomb Raider was…that was a while back.

Devan:  Yeah, that one with Angelina Jolie. Those…I don’t know, I mean, I understand that they’re huge blockbusters and they make a bunch of money just like the video games that correlate with them. But for me, it’s just mindless entertainment. I feel like generally to make a movie about something that’s a game, that’s like a mind-numbing thing children do, that movie’s gonna be just as mind-numbing, just as mindless as the video game’s gonna be, you know?

Jeff:  I think the movies are basically advertisements for the video games, which is interesting, because video games lately a lot of times are advertised as if they were a movie.

Devan:  It’s true. It seems like the story lines that go along with video games are really elaborate, like a film.

Jeff:  Yeah, they’re, I mean, one nonstop action sequence, in both the film and video game format.


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Jeff says that turning video games into movies is becoming a trend. The new film Prince of Persia is based on a video game. Devan thinks that video games are mindless entertainment, so any movie based on a video game would also be pretty mindless.

Jeff says that video games have become more like movies in recent years. They often have complex story lines, and they have better graphics that make them look more like movies. Movies based on video games help sell the games, and the games help sell the movies. So some company makes a lot of money, even if both the games and the movies are a little mindless.

Are video games becoming more like movies? How? Do movies based on video games interest you?



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I did not see this filem .But i do not like play video gams .so I do not like this kind of films.But I like cartoon Films.

12:13 AM Jul 15 2010 |

Alice Johny


I think so, because when I was young I used to play dalmatian alot, and I even watched a movie of it.Yes movies based on video games interest me like crazy!

09:07 PM Jul 14 2010 |




cool flick , but i rather the video game !!!

06:00 PM Jul 14 2010 |



I think that the idea of turning games into movies is really nice as long as the people who work on that take advantage of good stories, the problem is using videogames whose film version is not easy to develop, for instance, the Mario Bros. movie made in the early 90´s was not good mainly due to how difficult is playing a role with a simple story, Mario is great as a game but to be honest its story is really simple, you can make a good videogame using lots of interesting scenaries and characters but the soul of a movie is the story behind. Tomb raider, Silent hill, Resident Evil, Prince of Persia, all of them have good stories so the movies based on them are cool too. Here a suggestion, it would be nice to watch a nice movie based on Metal Gear Solid, wouldn´t it be?

04:35 PM Jul 14 2010 |

rebel lee

rebel lee


I hate games.It's meanless.Playing games is a waste of time and a waste of life.I just don't understand why so many people are interested into stupid games.

Art movies are always good,because they make you think about things. But others are not so good,and some of they are just made for money.

12:44 PM Jul 14 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I dont like game becas it is unusful


12:18 PM Jul 14 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i don not like game

12:14 PM Jul 14 2010 |



It's famous game !!

09:01 AM Jul 14 2010 |



cute actor,i like his movie a long time ago called" the day after tomorrow"(i guess that is the name)

06:52 AM Jul 14 2010 |



Your picture are cool

02:55 AM Jul 14 2010 |



South Korea

I remember the game Prince of Persia in PC version. I'd stayed all night playing it. I kinda suck at playing video game. but I like it very much

12:51 AM Jul 14 2010 |

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