- Actors: Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley
- Directors: Mike Newell
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
- Run Time: 115 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003IHUI0O
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,953 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [DVD]
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In the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure. It's a race against time when a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with a rival princess (Gemma Arterton) to safeguard a magical dagger that gives its possessor the power to reverse time and rule the world. Filled with death-defying escapes and unexpected twists at every turn, Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time is a fun-filled adventure that will keep your pulse pounding long after the credits end.
Jake Gyllenhaal's doe eyes and bulging biceps will make some hearts flutter in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Dastan (Gyllenhaal), adopted prince of the Persian empire, must flee into the desert when accused of murdering his royal father--but a glass-handled dagger he found as loot from a captured city turns out to hold powerful time-manipulating magic. Not only is he pursued by his vengeful brothers, his scheming uncle (Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast), and a strange cabal of assassins, but a princess/priestess named Tamina (Gemma Arterton, Quantum of Solace) wants the dagger back and will kill Dastan if she has to. Prince of Persia wants to be a rollicking adventure along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean. Unfortunately, it's hampered by clumsy dialogue and hard-to-follow action sequences, with choppy editing that wrecks the flow of the parkour-inspired stunts. But the production design is extravagant and every time Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2) appears as a greedy sheik the movie gets a delightful jolt of energy. Gyllenhaal doesn't have much to work with--Dastan is a fairly generic hero--and whoever designed his hair should have been fired on the first day, but his lazy charm comes through and carries him through the movie. --Bret Fetzer
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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.
All in all, the story is enjoyable. It has its moments where you wish the dagger would stop getting lost or stolen but that's just the way they've done it. It's supposed to be a fun kid's adventure and that is what it is. The effects are nice and not overdone and I loved the sets and costumes. Acting is good - not meant to be Oscar winning stuff - in a fun, light-hearted kind of way. Jake Gyllenhaal is a convincing lead and pulled off a role I was expecting him to fail miserably in.
The kids will love this movie. You'll probably love this movie. Don't be put off by a few bad reviews.
Can the Prince Prevail........watch it and see :0)
Overall this film is really worthy of a watch, i was pleasantly surprised by everyone involved within this film Nice 1.
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.Read more ›
Jake Gyllenhaal's Price Dastan makes for an ok adventure lead. He is not overly charismatic and he is a little wide-eyed too often but as the centerpiece of the film he is not offputting. He is deliberately more earthy and energetic than his Princely brothers because of his origins. The earliest scenes show him as a child being taken under the wise king's wings for his bravery and integrity. He doesn't particularly display those character elements later on in the film where he is more cunning than anything - perhaps this is character development showing the effect of court life on that boy or perhaps character development isn't really the point of a film like this.
Gyllenhaal's biggest problem is that he is cast alongside the weakest part of the film - Gemma Arterton. Her role as Princess Tamina is annoying. Being the traditional bratty princess who backchats her way through most of the film makes her a difficult to like character. Arterton is not particularly well cast for the role at all. She does not suit the Cleopatra style makeup that she wears early on and she doesn't have the *ahem* *physique* to fit the slave girl outfits.Read more ›
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Bought as a replacement for a "Prince of Persia" movie addict, but sadly this copy is dark, and all DVD settings need to be changed just to see a lighter, brighter picture. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tarqs23
I adore this movie so much it's jam packed full of adventure, romance, drama, and doesn't bore you. It holds your attention all the way through and is very quick moving. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fantasy feature in which rival prince and princess attempt to stop a world conqueror from using a magic artefact - a dagger. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Walter Yeo