"The Prince" is a deceptive film. It had an intriguing title and well-known actors in its cast. It looked like it would be a solid action film. As the film began, the opening credits looked very good as well and smartly conceptualized. Unfortunately, these did not deliver on their promise.
Paul (Jason Patric) loses contact with his daughter Beth while was in college. It appears she had fallen into bad company and was heavy into the drugs habit. Paul just so happened to be a former topnotch assassin with incredible skills to kill. While on his mission to rescue Beth, Paul single-handedly routs the entire drug organization of New Orleans, which turned out to be led by Omar (Bruce Willis), a man with a major score to settle with Paul.
The action sequences in this film were so basic, with nary any imagination put into them. They had little to no intensity nor excitement, since the protagonist just was conveniently too perfectly superhuman or lucky.
So if the success of this film all depended on the charisma of the protagonist, then Jason Patric simply does not have it. In fact, he never had "IT" throughout his career. He was already in lead roles back in the 1990s (albeit in unfortunate films like "Speed 2: Cruise Control") but he never did catch on as a major star. Liam Neeson, Bruce Willis and even Jason Statham have done this very same story before, and all with better results than this.
John Cusack had very little to do as Sam, Paul's friend. 50 Cent was at least more interesting as a cool drug lord named "The Pharmacy." Korean superstar Rain wasted his martial arts talents as Omar's right-hand man Mark. Jessica Lowndes was just annoying as Beth's addict friend Angela. Gia Mantegna was one-note throughout her performance as drugged-out Beth.
Overall, this film is just an anemic cousin of films like "Die Hard" or "Taken" but with none of its excitement and entertainment value. Even in a B-film like this, Jason Patric fails yet again the lead actor. At the end of this film, I never even caught who or what the titular "Prince" was. 2/10.