Apparently, Hollywood thinks American wants an adventure in a desert. Thursday (May 27) saw the opening of “Sex and the City 2″ (most of which takes place in Abu Dhabi), and today sees the release of “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” which also spends most of its time in the middle of the desert. The latter (perhaps best thought of as a male counterpart to “Sex and the City 2″) casts Jake Gyllenhaal as the heroic Dastan, a heroic character who must battle his evil adopted uncle Nizam (played by Ben Kingsley). It’s based on a hugely popular and innovative video game series, so the flick features plenty of jumpy action and pretty-looking stunts.
For that kind of adrenaline rush, you should really prepare yourself with a batch of film-appropriate tunes. That’s why we’ve put together the video playlist below, which brings together one of the best songs ever written about princes (that would be Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes”) and a number of awesome songs about video games (Lil Flip’s “Game Over,” Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”). There are also a handful of tracks about the desert (Solange’s “Sandcastle Disco,” Bleeding Through’s “Line in the Sand,” T.H. White’s “Desert Sky”), time (Black Tide’s “Warriors of Time,” Blur’s “Out of Time”) and other royalty (30 Seconds to Mars’ “Kings and Queens”).
But we begin with Felix da Housecat‘s “We All Wanna Be Prince.” Felix was, of course, talking about the legendary Purple One who delivered the world Purple Rain and 1999. But with his striking good looks, chiseled muscles and killer hair, who wouldn’t also want to be the Prince of Persia?