Prince Of Persia - The Sands Of Time 2010

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(168) IMDb 6.6/10
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Disney fantasy action adventure based on the video game of the same name. Rogue royal Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with the mysterious Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to battle dark forces in order to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time - a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Starring:
Ben Kingsley, Jake Gyllenhaal
Runtime:
1 hour 56 minutes

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Prince Of Persia - The Sands Of Time

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance
Director Mike Newell
Starring Ben Kingsley, Jake Gyllenhaal
Supporting actors Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Blu-ray
This fantasy adventure film was made for pure entertainment and it fills this role pretty nicely. Not a masterpiece but a nice watch. Below, some more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

As the title indicates this film was inspired by the old computer game "Prince of Persia", of which it keeps the premise (Thousand and One Nights-like lands), the main hero Dastan, who actually is kind of a prince of Persia (even if he was adopted, not born in royalty) and the swashbuckling and acrobatic character of story. Jake Gyllenhaal is maybe not exactly the kind of actor I would immediately associate with adventure/action films but in this one he proves that with enough makeup, CGIs and the help of a battalion of stuntsmen anybody can be a hero... Which is kind of a heartening message... Also, as dialogs in this film are not half bad, the actor playing the heroic prince can actually do here some occasional acting, between two acrobacies covered by his stuntsmen.

All those who enjoyed the three old "Sinbad" films will most probably like this film too. As always in this kind of movies there must also be an evil guy and here this role is played by no other than Sir Ben Kingsley - who is really a pleasure to watch.

Also, there must be a chick in slave's outfit and lo and behold, there is one and a very pleasant sight she is, as she is played by Gemma Arterton. Her character, Tamina, has the necessary shapes and also quite a mouth, which she doesn't hesitate to put to good use once she meets the prince - for dialogs, of course... Because, you know, dialogs are good... And ever since Leia all princesses need to have a mouth which they put to good use once they meet an attractive guy - for dialogs, of course... Because, you know, dialogs are good... OK, I stop here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
This movie has nearly all the makings of an Epic motion picture. It has an exotic setting, a new crisp plot, plenty of action, and a beautiful woman. Our hero starts out as a street orphan who champions goodness against the Persian army as he jumps around rooftops like the Phantom. However, once he becomes adopted by the king, he loses a lot of personality. He is not as colorful as other leading men in Epic films, mostly due to the writers who gave him lousy lines.

What was really missing in this movie outside of exceptional dialogue was humor. I don't mean turn the movie into a comedy, but when you want to be compared to Pirates..., Indian Jones, or other epics such as Star Wars or even the grand daddy of them all LOTR, they all had some comical element in them with leading men that were able to deliver those lines. This movie lacked that human element and it showed as it failed to hook me.

In spite of the inability of either the script writers or director to create great characters, the plot, action and scenery were enough to carry the film to where it would be enjoyable. There was one "joke" as the princess kept an amulet with the sands of time in it on a necklace located at her cleavage...the last place anyone would look, except maybe Prince Dustin who noticed it right off.

Yes, there is a time travel element to it, but it is not really a time travel movie, i.e. it is not bogged down with nerdy time travel paradoxes. Time travel was a gift from the unnamed god(s).

The movie has a happy ending with a message of hope as well as violence, killing, and snakes. I consider it better entertainment than Robin Hood, or Iron Man II.
4 1/2 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Once upon a time in Persia a young and brave street urchin, Dastan, was taken in by the wise King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup) and adopted to be a brother to the King's own sons, Tus (Richard Coyle) and Garsiv (Toby Kebbell). Many years later the three sons and their uncle Nizam (Ben Kingsley) are out in the desert, lead by the elder son, Tus. News had reached them that the ancient and holy city of Alamut on the Persian borderlands was selling weapons to their enemies in Koshkan. Nizam and Garsiv were anxious to attack Alamut but Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reminds Tus that the King's instructions had been only to subdue Koshkan, not to attack Alamut. Dastan's advice is ignored and Garsiv is to lead the attack. Seeking to prevent too much bloodshed on either side, Dastan decides to attack Alamut himself from the side of the city with his non-soldier ruffian friends. With the acrobatic skills of a monkey, Dastan enters the city and it is captured, along with the beautiful Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton). She had been desperate to hide a sacred and magical sword but before it could be hidden by one of her men, it falls into Dastan's hands. When the King is murdered and Dastan is blamed, he has no idea how the sword can change the past and the future.

I don't usually like adventure movies with too much swashing and buckling all over the place but this was an exception. The fights were wonderfully choreographed; the stunt people really had their work cut out for them; the scenery was beautiful, the CGIs out of this world, and the storyline engaging. Most of all, Jake Gyllenhaal surprised me with his acting prowess - he's quite the comedian. It's a lively, enjoyable, adventure ride which you will like if you are a fan of movies like Scorpian King or adventure movies in general.
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