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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

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Director: Mike Newell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley

Cast: Mike Newell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley


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Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. The setting is sixth century Persia. A nefarious nobleman covets the Sands of Time, a legendary gift from the gods that allows its possessor to turn back time. Whoever owns


Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. The setting is sixth century Persia. A nefarious nobleman covets the Sands of Time, a legendary gift from the gods that allows its possessor to turn back time. Whoever owns the Sands of Time has the power to rule the world, and this villainous lord would use that power to enslave all of humanity. The only person capable of defeating this tyrant and saving the world is Dastan (Gyllenhaal), a youthful prince. Now, with plucky princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) by his side, Dastan will attempt to prevent the Sands of Time from falling into the wrong hands. Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directs a script penned by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Jordan Mechner, and Boaz Yakin.

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If Disney is trying to find a franchise replacement for Pirates of the Caribbean -- or at least fill the void until they make a fourth installment -- then they pretty much missed the mark with Prince of Persia. Basing the film on the popular video game of the same name, director Mike Newell tries to find the perfect balance between interesting characters, coherent action sequences, and the fun comedic moments that this type of summer movie blockbuster requires, but the story races from elaborate set piece to even more elaborate set piece with reckless abandon, leaving this Arabian Nights-style adventure charmless. The story centers on Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a former street urchin-turned-prince who's adopted by the king of Persia. During a celebration after the Persian army conquers yet another helpless kingdom, Dastan flees the comfy halls of the palace after being accused of murdering the king. Desperate and alone, he teams up with Tamina (Gemma Arterton), the princess of a neighboring kingdom, who's charged with protecting an ancient dagger. What can the dagger do? It can turn back time when filled with the fabled sands of time, but if left with the forces of evil, the dagger can unleash Armageddon. Armed with that information, Dastan stops at nothing to protect the dagger from falling into the hands of his traitorous uncle, Nizam (Ben Kingsley). It's hard to take Jake Gyllenhaal seriously as Dastan. He neither plays the role as a dashing hero or lovable rogue, so instead of an interesting and layered prince you get an action hero who is only as fun to watch as the current action sequence he is in. The same goes for Gemma Arterton, fresh off a similarly lifeless role in Clash of the Titans; Princess Tamina is pretty annoying, and when she isn't bickering endlessly with Dastan, she's pouting her lips and spouting off lines about duty and destiny. Arterton does her best, but it would have been nice to see her character strong-willed and likable. Even Sir Ben Kingsley had very little to work with, so he compensates by giving a pretty over-the-top performance as Nizam. Despite all of its messiness, the film is still kind of fun. The acrobatic action choreography -- with Dastan leaping across rooftops, scaling walls, and some pretty wicked hand-to-hand combat -- keeps the film entertaining enough. One of the bright spots comes from Alfred Molina as the quirky sidekick Sheik Amar and his gang, who are far more interesting than Dastan and Tamina; Amar's wit and zest liven up scenes that would otherwise fall flat. Though Prince of Persia is secondary to, say, an Indiana Jones film or even one of the Mummy movies -- well, the first Mummy movie anyway -- this film is still entertaining enough for anyone looking for a fun summer action flick.

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Special Features

Blu-ray: Cinexplore: the sands of time; Deleted scene: the banquet - Garsiv presents heads; DVD: An unseen world: making Prince of Persia

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Reece Ritchie Bis
Gísli Örn Gardarsson Hassansin Leader
Claudio Pacifico Hassansin Porcupine
Thomas Dupont Hassansin Whip Man
David Pope Hassansin Giant Scimitar
Domonkos Pardanyi Hassansin Double-Bladed Halberd
Massimiliano Ubaldi Hassansin Long Razor
Vladimir Furdik Hassansin Grenade Man
Christopher Greet Regent of Alamut
William Foster Young Dastan
Elliot James Neale Young Bis
Selva Rasalingam Persian Captain
Daud Shah Asoka
Daisy Doidge-Hill Young Guardian Girl
Charlie Banks King Sharaman (Boy)
Jesse Mathews Nizam (Boy)
Rohan Siva Bloodied Alamut Soldier
Dimitri Andreas Head Servant
Stephen Pope Roham
Trampas Thompson Mounted Herald
Joseph Bedelem Garsiv's Lieutenant
Rachid Abbad Rafa
Farzana Dua Elahe Tamina's Maid Servant
Aziz El Kibachi Mughal Sultan
Simon De Selva General
Felix Augusto Quadros Spy

Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
David Allday Art Director
Mick Audsley Editor
John August Executive Producer
Pier Luigi Basile Art Director
Carlo Bernard Screenwriter
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Toby Britton Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Anni Buchanan Makeup
Will Coubrough Set Decoration/Design
Peter Dorme Set Decoration/Design
Susie Figgis Casting
Daniela Giovannoni Set Decoration/Design
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Charlotte Hayward Makeup
Marc Homes Art Director
Gary Jopling Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kahn Editor
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Rebecca Lafford Makeup
Peter Lindsay Sound Mixer
Sharon Martin Makeup
Daniele Massaccesi Camera Operator
Patrick McCormick Executive Producer
Eric McLeod Executive Producer
Jordan Mechner Executive Producer,Original Story
Doug Miro Screenwriter
Niamh O'Loan Makeup
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
John Seale Cinematographer
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Mark Swain Art Director
Tom Whitehead Set Decoration/Design
Luca Tranchino Art Director
Martin Walsh Editor
Simon Warnock Asst. Director
Des Whelan Camera Operator
Ken Wilson Camera Operator
David Wood Set Decoration/Design
Boaz Yakin Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
1. In a Land Far Away... [:00]
2. The Council [:00]
3. Attack on Alamut [:00]
4. Tamina Unveiled [:02]
5. Brotherhood & Loyalty [:00]
6. The Dagger [:00]
7. Valley of Slaves [4:23]
8. Dealing With a Sheik [2:16]
9. Dastan & Tamina Escape [4:58]
10. Trusting Nizam [4:50]
11. Visions of Death [7:37]
12. The Sand Storm [4:50]
13. Oasis Ambush [7:23]
14. Returning the Dagger [4:41]
15. Hassansin Attack [6:15]
16. Return to Alamut [5:36]
17. No Ordinary Dagger [11:51]
18. Sands of Time [4:00]
19. Destiny [3:49]
20. End Credits [6:43]


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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
propsterdm More than 1 year ago
I really loved this movie. It had a great cast who put on an amazing and fun performance, awesome story, great effects, romance and incredible fight sequences. I really hope they are putting a sequel together despite the low box office. I don't know how this didn't do well. I really wish I would have gone to see it in the theater.
Mickey52 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this action-adventure-fantasy; it's a real change of pace to see a buffed-up Jake Gyllenhaal, who's one of our best and most versatile actors, in this type of picture -- but as always, he delivers a strong, solid performance as the street-urchin turned prince. Gemma Arterton is a lively & spirited heroine, Ben Kingsley is --as always -- excellent, and Alfred Molina is marvelous as a fast-talking, ostrich-racing desert rogue. A technically-modern nod to the old Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn swashbucklers, this is a great yarn for the entire family -- it's lots of fun!!
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