Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

Rated PG-13 – parents cautioned

A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time.

Another video game movie! Score! Okay, I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot for this movie because I have two of the games, but I’ll attempt at a well-rounded review.

But first, that blurb doesn’t make sense because the villain knows full well what he’s about to do. There is no “unknowingly” involved here. Okay wait, villains are usually short-sighted, only having one goal/agenda on their tiny little minds, so “unknowingly” could be plausible, I suppose. Which means all villains are stupid. *quirks brow* That actually works for me.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this movie as Dastan, and boy, did he ever bulk up for this role! I’m not sure he should be allowed to look like that. It’s kind of weird looking at him onscreen because he’s normally playing the geeky-type role. At least, that’s how I usually see him, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Gemma Arterton plays the role of the princess—Tamina—intriguing character because she’s kind of witty, kind of kick-ass, yet kind of annoying as all get out. And hey, didn’t I just watch her in Clash of the Titans? Why yes, I certainly did.

Dastan quickly becomes a fugitive and must flee, taking the princess with him, in order to figure things out and who really framed him for murdering the king, his adopted father.

One of the best roles in the movie is Sheik Amar, played by Alfred Molina, master organizer of ostrich races and other fine things. It makes the whole movie worth watching.

“Did you know that ostriches have suicidal tendencies? Look at this poor thing. She used to be a grand champion. Now I have to watch her night and day to make sure she doesn’t do anything stupid.” 

In all honesty, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is quite simply, a video game movie. It’s like watching pretty much any other video game movie and shouldn’t be reviewed for its cinematic value because certainly, it’s not going to receive an Oscar. The stunts were acrobatic and well, stunning, in my opinion. I felt this really pulled the movie into the game or the game into the movie. The effects were good and the visual was pleasing to watch. I was impressed by it. If you liked movies such as Hitman, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil—the list goes on—then you’ll enjoy this one. If you don’t care for movies based on video games, you’ll likely be disappointed because you won’t understand the story and when it comes to these types of movies, you almost need to know it already.

And now I feel like playing the game. =)

I give Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 1 Jinx—I think it’s a great flick.

Directed by Mike Newell; written by Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, based on a screen story and the video game series created by Jordan Mechner; director of photography, John Seale; edited by Michael Kahn, Mick Audsley and Martin Walsh; music by Harry Gregson- Williams; production designer, Wolf Kroeger; costumes by Penny Rose; produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; released by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes.

STARRING: Jake Gyllenhaal (Dastan), Gemma Arterton (Tamina), Ben Kingsley (Nizam), Alfred Molina (Sheik Amar), Steve Toussaint (Seso), Toby Kebbell (Garsiv), Richard Coyle (Tus), Ronald Pickup (King Sharaman) and Reece Ritchie (Bis).

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