If only Jake Gyllenhaal had been in The Gulf in 2003. He would have zoomed over to Iraq, discovered there were no weapons of mass destruction and averted a war. Of course he'd have a magic sword to help him change the course of history. If only. Real life is not so perfect. That's why we have the movie, and a smashing good one this is.
Jake is the adopted son of a noble king who is duped into going to war: lots of battle scenes, camels and chemistry with the fetching princess of the neighboring kingdom.
This is the kind of summer movie the Movie Slut remembers seeing at the old RKO when she was a kid. It probably makes as little sense as those flicks but now she's older and infuses them with meaning.