Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a 2010 sword-and-sorcery action film written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard; directed by Mike Newell; produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is a retelling of the 2003 video game of the same name, developed and released by Ubisoft Montreal. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina, Ben Kingsley as Nizam, and Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar. The film has the same title as the video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and is primarily based on it. Elements from Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, two other titles from the Prince of Persia video game franchise, are also incorporated. However, apart from the basic elements such as treachery and the Sands of Time, the film's plot is quite distinct from that of the video game franchise. For example, the film is focused on stopping the antagonist from releasing the Sands, whereas in the game the Prince fights to seal the sands back in the hourglass. An attack at the sacred city of Alamut is planned by Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), an orphan in the Persian
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This movie is just what you would expect from a big brainless summer flick: it‚Äôs an excuse to eat popcorn. The story is about an orphan who is adopted by the King of Persia and becomes the title character. He helps the Persians conquer a foreign nation they believed was making weapons, but after conquering them they discover that there were no weapons. Hmm, sound like somebody trying condemn the War in Iraq? Well it is. Anyway, the prince meets a princess who never wears anything modest and they have to escape after he‚Äôs accused of killing his father, and they have this dagger that can turn back time, and hate each other at first and banter a lot, but the only semi-funny bantering was all on the preview already, and they have to get away from Hassansins, which are assassins (couldn‚Äôt they have come up with a better name for them?), prove his innocence, and recapture the magical dagger after losing it three or four times, fall in love blah, blah, blah. The story telling is very convenient at times. It ended up feeling 45 min. longer than it actually was, though, and the fight scenes were filmed in a such a way that you can‚Äôt tell who is chopping or how close the close calls are or anything. These kinds of fight scenes feel like lazy film-making to me. The end of the film is fairly clever, and the film is clean (other than the princess‚Äôs wardrobe, which isn‚Äôt terrible by worldly standards). It was pretty okay, and if you have some popcorn, and nothing to do but eat it, it‚Äôs worth watching.July 10th, 2012 · Details
This movie has some violence and a plot that has action and betrayal. It's not a "must see now" movie but is entertaining enough to Redbox and watch. I've watched it a few times and would rank it about a 6 out of 10. There is a few scenes with a snake lord that is creepy and evil. That would scare children so I think the MPAA accurately portrayed this film as PG-13.June 29th, 2012 · Details