Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (12A)

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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Posted: Tue May 18 2010

Hands up who ever thought they’d see the director of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ making a Jerry Bruckheimer movie – and a video game adaptation to boot? As with his instalment in the ‘Harry Potter’ saga, Mike Newell was clearly brought in to add a touch of dramatic gravitas to this flimsiest of summer blockbusters. It’s a strategy which pays off – but only just.

The plot feels cobbled together from myriad sources: a pinch of ‘The Thief of Baghdad’, a smattering of ‘The Mummy’ and a hefty dollop of ‘The Thousand and One Nights’. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, a one-time street urchin (natch) elevated to Persian Princeling by the generosity of good King Sharaman. But when Dastan goes against his two brothers and their scheming uncle Nizam (Ben Kingsley, whose moustache is just too short to twirl malevolently), he’s framed for the king’s murder and flees into the desert with only his camel and a bad-tempered princess (Gemma Arterton) for company.

As this synopsis suggests, Newell and his screenwriters leave no historical fantasy cliché unmolested, and that’s before we get to the mystical dagger, the supernatural assassins and Alfred Molina as a jolly, morally dubious gambler. The story does feel overfamiliar and suffers from a lack of dramatic tension as a consequence. Matters aren’t helped by shoddy CGI and some seriously silly last-act developments.

But Newell keeps things moving at a lick, barely allowing his actors a pause for breath between bouts of knockabout banter before chucking them into another athletic action scene. And Gyllenhaal is good value, his natural vulnerability working to offset some slightly alarming action-hero abs. ‘Prince of Persia’ won’t linger long in the memory – but then it probably wasn’t meant to.
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12A

UK release:

Fri May 28, 2010

Duration:

116 mins

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andy

Somefilm enthusiast....oh dear! Where to start with you?. The power of print you little moron. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword ,you small little stain.Just stick to the movie and do not attack those who liked it you insignificant being.If you are going to insult those who enjoy a film you don't,then be very careful not to knock their intelligence when you can not even type or spell.It makes you look like an ar*e you see. 'just read the reviews on here for that poof', you wrote. . Honestly? 'POOF?' Not what you meant, I know,but hey, we're all different,my mother liked this and she has more class than you ever will,show a little respect. and the paint analogy??? weak minded fool! its been done to death. this flick was CLASS ACE BRILL AWESOME GREAT We are allowed to enjoy movies that are fun are we not? Go read some books,watch some more films and develope a more eclectic taste,that takes in all kinds of genre,don't pigeon hole yourself like this,It makes you sound linear and narrow. come back when you can compete

andy

Somefilm enthusiast....oh dear! Where to start with you?. The power of print you little moron. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword ,you small little stain.Just stick to the movie and do not attack those who liked it you insignificant being.If you are going to insult those who enjoy a film you don't,then be very careful not to knock their intelligence when you can not even type or spell.It makes you look like an ar*e you see. 'just read the reviews on here for that poof', you wrote. . Honestly? 'POOF?' Not what you meant, I know,but hey, we're all different,my mother liked this and she has more class than you ever will,show a little respect. and the paint analogy??? weak minded fool! its been done to death. this flick was CLASS ACE BRILL AWESOME GREAT We are allowed to enjoy movies that are fun are we not? Go read some books,watch some more films and develope a more eclectic taste,that takes in all kinds of genre,don't pigeon hole yourself like this,It makes you sound linear and narrow. come back when you can compete

_Matt_1977_

If you can forgive a little predictability, the occasional deliberately silly anachronism and the odd moment of unconvincing character development, this is epic.

Some film enthusiast

Clearly this film plays to the lowest common denominator. Just read the reviews on here for that poof of concept. Those who compare it to Oscar winning films, award winning actors, literary classics and even other video games show they have a good grasp of what a film should be about. Those who type in one line about it being "awesome", or "great" but actually say nothing about WHY it's supposedly "Awesome" or "Great" are showing how little they really know, care or think. I bet these are the same low brow hoards who think that "Survivor - 5 Star Vacation worth 40 grand a person" or "Jerry Springer - Whores on Stage" is "Great" and "Awesome" too. Some people will pay to see anything. Hey, what about a 3 hour film about paint drying? That would be "Awesome", huh? If you don't have a brain in your head, please shut up and stop showing how uninformed you really are. I'm embarrassed FOR you.

SF

Very good movie. A must see. Lots of action . A little romance. Good story and very good ending. It has everything you would expect from a good movie. Don't lesson to critics.

SF

Very good movie. A must see. Lots of action . A little romance. Good story and very good ending. It has everything you would expect from a good movie. Don't lesson to critics.

scrumpyjack

FAR better than I thought it would be. Could have lost 10 min, though. Very enjoyable......once. hope that makes sense!

Toronto Guy

While fully aware of the film's roots being in yet another video game, like the Lara Croft Tomb Raider flicks of the past few years, I had great anticipation this one would be as attention grabbing and thoughtfully pieced together as Angelina's movies. I was DEAD WRONG. Looking like a set stolen from Disney's animated Aladin film, complete with a "street rat" beggar thief who gets chased through the streets of "Agribah"... oops, Agribah was the Disney city Aladin was chased around, in this movie they called it "Alamot"... by evil royal henchmen and then cut to scene where he's a prince in the royal palace. Sadly this film was missing Robin Williams comedic Geni of The Lamp and the cute animated flying carpet to bring about any sense of why I spent money on the ticket to see this. The plot, as flimsy as it was executed; certainly had all the great stuff we look for in an installment of The Mummy... Evil plotting royal advisers, seductive yet cryptic female protagonists sword fighting and digging around in deserts of sand and... oh, this wasn't The Mummy part 4? Right... sorry... So the video game... yes: A time controlling enchanted triangle that gives only its posessor the power to control time but the evil cult called the Illuminati... oh, that wasn't the right video game... that was Lara Croft again wasn't it? My bad. I may have nodded off... did I miss the part where Donny Osmond sang about his "Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", or where the cast of Glee did that Bangles number "Walk like an Egyptian"? Oh... now I'm confused.... What movie was this again? Something about rags to riches street trash making it big then being betrayed by his family and getting run out of town but after finding some enchanted knife and getting stuck in the sand he eventually gets the girl in the end. OK, yeah... So, wasn't Excalibur a great film!! I mean, those knights of the round table really had it in for Lancelot but he and Guinevere persevered and in the end Camelot was saved. No? OKay, well... This film sucked. Not only can they not steal from great literature properly, not only can they not admirably copy the right pieces of Disney masterpieces that made those films great, not only can they not plagiarize the plot of a rival gaming firm like the Tomb Raider series properly, they can't even cast Harrison Ford as Indy in this one... oh, different super star of Desert adventure films, my bad again. If you liked Pineapple Express... (probably because you were fried off your azz when you went to see it), you'll be able to tolerate this one too... well, so long as you're fried for this one too. Otherwise, save your money, and do something useful with it, like throw it out of your car window on the freeway.

hukiworld

I thought the movie was awesome! I am glad I am not a movie critic because they NEVER enjoy any movie they watch, their too busy over analyzing the entire film from minute one till credits end.

hukiworld

I thought the movie was awesome! I am glad I am not a movie critic because they NEVER enjoy any movie they watch, their too busy over analyzing the entire film from minute one till credits end.

jimbo

OMG its the dicovery channel?history channel/national geographic" all our persian yesteryears" rolled into one dull lecture . Much like the USSR yugoslavia czechoslovakia and prussia, AND PERSIA THEIR VERY EXISTANCE HAS BEEN COMBINED TO THE HISTORY BOOKS berwick has The thing is sara you are clearly picking fault at something SO immaterial to the movie it beggars belief.. ITS BASED ON A VIDEO GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok so the desert was in the north and persia had as much grass as europe,desert shmesert...who cares???? action wise and daft daftness made this movie worth every penny,,,who cares if the sand was the wrong colour!! Honestly some people stun me!

jimbo

OMG its the dicovery channel?history channel/national geographic" all our persian yesteryears" rolled into one dull lecture . Much like the USSR yugoslavia czechoslovakia and prussia, AND PERSIA THEIR VERY EXISTANCE HAS BEEN COMBINED TO THE HISTORY BOOKS berwick has The thing is sara you are clearly picking fault at something SO immaterial to the movie it beggars belief.. ITS BASED ON A VIDEO GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok so the desert was in the north and persia had as much grass as europe,desert shmesert...who cares???? action wise and daft daftness made this movie worth every penny,,,who cares if the sand was the wrong colour!! Honestly some people stun me!

mrshopper

I thought he movie was great. Ben Kingsley remarkable as always. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Definitely a must see.

mrshopper

I thought he movie was great. Ben Kingsley remarkable as always. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Definitely a must see.

x

I had been looking forward to it for months, like many other fans of the Prince of Persia game series. Unfortunately the only similarities to that were the prince and the dagger of time. Do not go if you're a fan of the games, you will be disappointed. Some of the archetypes and dynamics expected were there but there were so few consistencies that unless you are able to take it completely separately from the games there is no way to enjoy it. Now that said, if you have never put your hands on the games and are just looking for a movie, it's probably all right.

movielegend.com

So who are you murray? what an un-informed moviegoer you are,This movie has everything thats aBLOCKBUSTER needs.silly easy to follow story,pretty people in the lead roles

movielegend.com

So who are you murray? what an un-informed moviegoer you are,This movie has everything thats aBLOCKBUSTER needs.silly easy to follow story,pretty people in the lead roles

Nara

This was an amazing movie! I was very impressed! It was a movie that could benefit to many ages, and I loved the characters, ecspecially Dustan (no suprise there). :) It was action packed, and was very funny at times, the female main, was a very funny character at times, and was an enjoyable character.

Nara

This was an amazing movie! I was very impressed! It was a movie that could benefit to many ages, and I loved the characters, ecspecially Dustan (no suprise there). :) It was action packed, and was very funny at times, the female main, was a very funny character at times, and was an enjoyable character.

The Manager

After managing a movie theatre for years, I've come to the conclusion that the industry critics know very little about a good movie vs a bad movie. Prince of Persia will be a good movie, proven by the box office...or in other words by the people who matter--the ones watching movies to be ebtertained.

andy

So the uber-crircs return,,, Can't enjoy blocbusters because of lack of plot and character development,, Just GET LOST.. Another rip roring fun loving crazy action 2hour piece of crazyness from bruckheimer,If you were expecting a gritty wordy Drama, then don't go, If you want crazy fast paced action, with twists baddies, brilliantly choreographed fights, with truly stunning CGI( not sure what film Huddlestone was watching) but then he dashes every possitive comment with an infantile pinch of sarcasm. The temples and palaces look real!! How do they do that? Another fine addition to this years big action flicks,more popcorn fun, more of what people who go to the cinema to have FUN actually go for!!! 5 star entertainmant!! More please!!

andy

So the uber-crircs return,,, Can't enjoy blocbusters because of lack of plot and character development,, Just GET LOST.. Another rip roring fun loving crazy action 2hour piece of crazyness from bruckheimer,If you were expecting a gritty wordy Drama, then don't go, If you want crazy fast paced action, with twists baddies, brilliantly choreographed fights, with truly stunning CGI( not sure what film Huddlestone was watching) but then he dashes every possitive comment with an infantile pinch of sarcasm. The temples and palaces look real!! How do they do that? Another fine addition to this years big action flicks,more popcorn fun, more of what people who go to the cinema to have FUN actually go for!!! 5 star entertainmant!! More please!!

usman latif khawaja

If Bruckheimer claims he can make anything and everything into a success ,than this is ample proof of that proclamation ,as he indulges in a fascinating romp in ancient eastern exotica ,with treacherous villains and noble princes and greed and lust weaved with sacred rites and divine wrath ,and comes out with a grand circus in 6 th century persia ,both superbly entertaining in a three act drama interlaced with humour and action and romance ,and with a touch of morality in a magnificent production design . Shot in Morocco with a custom -made script which casts a scarred -hirsute -Jake Gyllenhall as the adopted prince[DASTAN ] who is the man who will save the empire and humanity both from evil ,the script does not make him into a pretty ,vacuous super man character ,but a real flawed warrior with uneven teeth and a twinkle in his eyes, who can be both charmingly naive and truly agile in battle ,and yet make erroneous blunders which bring much humour to the script . The dialogues are penned with enough tongue in cheek ribaldry ,and the initial romantic squirmishes between Jake and Gemma,playing princess tamina , as the custodian of an ancient sacred icon that can reverse time ,are charmingly playful in a mischievous mood . The fantastic art design compliments the great CGI, and the background score is as harmonious as the even editing ,to induce a bauble of a fun frolic ,which is almost a reminder of the playful fantasy productions from good old hollywood ,and it delivers despite all the stereotypes and villains and bumbling clowns ,as it is well crafted rather than trying to be ground -breaking or historically accurate . It is a comic book adventure adapted from a computer game , with great casting where the producer has done a great job from casting gemma as princess tamina to ben kingslay as the mysterious brother to the king of persia ,and even the army of extras look authentic . The stunts are staged clearly and in a credible manner where any one will appreciate them as you can see the eclectic rooftop chases in immaculate detail , and the sword duels are all very genuine with the truly terrifying knife-throwing stunt ,executed in a masterly sequence . This is cinema in good old tradition and applies to omnivrous tastes where it will attract a wide audience . I even enjoyed the melfluous song by Alanis Morisette ,over the titles in the end -'i remain ',which describes the theme very well as a human struggle for purity and justice through the sands of time and the bizarre mystery of the paradox of fate ,that connects the destiny of human souls in a parable called life . The bonus is the great villain, who controls the serpents in horrifying detail ,and the desert bandits ,who are at odds with each other as a nemesis ,and a ragtag band of cut-throats with a conscience . This will make stars of both Jake Gylenhall and Gemma Artreton ,but the real star is the pristine production ,THANKS TO MR.BRUCKHEIMER .

JAG

It is clearly a flawed movie with too much "easy going" comments from time to time. I would say that Atherton would certainly not have been my choice of lead, although she comes out quite a better than expected. Jake I expected differently, but again rather difficult to play both serious and then offbeat, yet things held together. On the other hand there is a magic which blends the dreamy Middle East to the special effects, action sequences and story which puts the movie leagues ahead of Clash of the Titans for example. If only it had taken itself a bit more seriously, it could have been very good. Oh and great soundtrack.

Loz Doz

I really really wanted to like this film as a huge fan of the first two prince of persia games and of the cast of this film it just didnt do anything for me and this is my genre of film too. Personally i thought the plot was weak, the characters a bit confusing are they storng or fragile? changing every 5 mins and the whole thing a bit lackluster. Such a shame have been looking forward to seeing this for months. Am gutted for Jake and Gemma too. The scorpion king and the mummy are much better films in this genre. Play the games instead you wont be dissapointed with those. Sorry!