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Prince is a caper movie where, with each new heroine’s entry, the version of the story changes. Is the Prince an undercover agent, is he a thief or a victim? An international gang operates from South Africa involved in all sorts of wheeling, dealing and killing. Even while the South African authorities seem to be oblivious of such happenings on their soil, Indian legalese seems represented in hordes over there.

Prince can’t recall who he is because some sinister man with a mechanical palm, Sarang (Isaiah) has imprisoned his memory in a computer chip designed by an Indian scientist. It can erase a human memory as well as replace it. While everybody is after this chip hidden in an antique coin, only Prince knows where it is but, alas, his memory has been erased and captured in the same coin!

Prince is basically a visual film counting heavily on stunts, gadgets and effects. The only ones needed to perform are the technical department. So the burden of performing on the artistes is minimal. As for gadgets and stunts, there is nothing that has not been seen before since James Bond made his debut on screen in 1960s. However, it thrills while it lasts. The money spent would have been more visible had the faces on display on the screen had been more sought after. Of the three Mayas, Nandana Sen, Aruna Shields and Neeru Singh, none has that lethal beauty look the roles demand. Vivek Oberoi is okay. Isaiah tries too hard to impress. Rest of the cast fits the bill.

Direction is passable with much of the work left to action director Allan Amin. Music is weak, with only one number being hummable. Dialogue is routine. Photography is very good. Prince is a fast paced action drama bringing some change from weeks of uninspiring films which will score better at single screens.

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