The Prince is half baked, it lacks clarity and it is full of predictable sequences, thus making then entire experience of watching an action film boring.
The premise of The Prince is predictable and heavily borrowed from the Liam Neeson starrer, Taken. Sadly, The Prince does not even come close to the 2008 blockbuster Taken.
Based in Mississippi, the long distant single parent, Paul (Jason Patric) discovers that something is amiss with his daughter Beth (Gia Mategna), who is studying in college in New Orleans, after he fails to connect with her on her phone.
So after landing at her place and breaking into her apartment, he seeks assistance from one of her school friends Angela (Jessica Lowndes) to help him track her down.
Paul’s trail leads him to a drug dealer known as The Pharmacy (Curtis Jackson), who has been supplying heroin to his daughter. He soon realises that his daughter is not an addict out of choice, but is held hostage under the instructions of another vicious crime-lord, Omar (Bruce Willis), who is seeking revenge for an act Paul did twenty years ago.
Both Bruce Willis and John Cusack have barely any thing to do thanks to the weak script and juvenile characterisation. The Prince belongs to Jason Patric, who is the only good thing about the movie.
The shootouts and chases are staged so ineptly that it’s difficult to figure out who’s doing what to whom and why. Worst of all, not a single law enforcement officer can be glimpsed as the body count rises and public property is wantonly destroyed.
The main plot is hardly surprising and the film has nothing new to offer. The fight sequences have been shot terribly with the focus on the back instead of limbs. You squirm in your seat trying to figure out who’s getting hit and who’s falling down.
All in all, its best to sit at home, get a DVD of Taken rather than wasting money on The Prince.
It has all the elements that an action film requires yet it fails to create an impact; well we are talking about Bruce Willis starrer The Prince. T...1.0