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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

In the holy city of Alamut resides the Sands of Time, which gives mortals the power to turn back time. After leading an attack on the city, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), the adopted son of Persia's king, acquires a dagger that gives the one who holds it access to the Sands. Dastan goes on the run with an Alamut princess named Tamina (Gemma Arterton) after being accused of killing his father. The pair must protect the ancient treasure from dark forces and unmask the king's assassin.

Jake Gyllenhaal Dastan
Jed Blaugrund Tamina
Ben Kingsley Nizam
Alfred Molina Sheikh Amar
Steve Toussaint Seso
Toby Kebbell Garsiv
Richard Coyle Tus
Ronald Pickup King Sharaman
Reece Ritchie Bis
Gisli Gardarsson Hassansin Leader

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Jun 09, 2010 - Katty on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Pretty Damn Good

I took my two younger sisters to see this movie which is almost unbelievable if one knows them well. Usually, it's hard to find a movie that both want to see, and even then the youngest isn't much of a movie buff, however, she loved the movie. It's a great family film that the whole family would love as the critics would say. The actors were great, the scenes were well captured, and the plot kept you interested throughout. It wasn't a movie that will be my everlasting favorite, but then again, there has yet to be one of those.

Jun 02, 2010 - Tharrah on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Was fun, but nothing outstanding.

I would have liked to see a little more humor from the video game in this movie. One of the funniest moments in the game was trying to do some insane stunt, only to fall on your face, and use the sands of time to try again without killing yourself. The sand was utilized in the movie very well. I really liked the way they showed it happening, but it always seemed like it could have been more. It may be that the overuse of bullet time in movies over the years has made the practice a little lackluster, even when done in a more interesting way, it was still just bullet time.

The romantic scenes were kinda weak, as it never felt like they belonged. It also felt like the actors agreed.

I almost feel like if you don't know anything about the source material, you would enjoy the movie more. I certainly feel like I would have.

Jun 02, 2010 - AnDroo.Napoli on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Not bad, but forgettable.

Remember that movie that came out a couple years ago about the dude and the chick that are trying to save the world in ancient times where they're reluctantly in love with one another? The one where there's that evil guy manipulating everyone behind the scenes and turning the public against the hero. And that hero has to stop him by doing some epic quest that not only saves the world but clears his name? Yeah that movie.

This movie was ok to watch. It was the Mummy meets Indiana Jones meets massive budget mismanagement. Good set of actors, collision of cultures, none of which are regional; the main complaint all around. The costuming was great and most of the action sequences were decent, but it was just too much of the same stuff we've seem a million times before. Well with one difference, the romance is usually more fun, less forced, and actually integrates better in the other films of it's ilk. The two main characters in this film have a double life on screen, one where they're both witty sarcastic, relatively intelligent people that take thier situation very seriously; and randomly find themselves taking pause to become blobs of hormone induced gelatinous goo that are about as useful as sugar in the gas tank... The romance never flowed right in this film, and it really cheapened the experience.

On the flip-side though, the development of all the peripheral characters was really well done. By the end of the movie you walk away knowing everything about the main characters father, brothers, uncle, and what-not. Each one have a very distinct personality and is pretty well executed for purposes of the plot. I just wish they had done more with that.

Worth seeing on the big screen? Naw, not even the sound system was fully utilized. The special effects and environment were done well enough, but nothing your average movie goer hasn't seen already. This'd be a pretty decent background movie of one to catch on basic cable.

Jun 01, 2010 - scheme on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
116 minutes of pain.

This was very close to being the first film I've ever walked out of. I have a lot of work to do here so let's get down to it:

Acting: Now, correct me if I'm wrong but people in Persia (present-day Iran) are not white. They also didn't have English accents (and what the hell is the deal with ONE guy having an American accent in a film with some pretty cringe-worthy English accents?). I fancy myself a reasonable person, and I didn't expect them to all have Persian accents. I would have been fine with all American accents (since it's an American film with many American actors), but when you mish-mash accents and NONE of them match the accents used by the people of that area at that time it just has me sitting there thinking "what the hell?" Besides that the acting from many of them is laughably bad (the woman who plays Tamina needs to be taken out back and put out of her misery), and the only person who remotely eases the pain is Sir Ben Kingsley. Speaking of - really? The villain is bald and has a goatee? Now, I know that most people who are bald and have goatees in real life ARE villains (looking at you Howie Mandel), but this film goes for the gusto with its rich supply of clichés.

Story: What a mess. Despite the characters actually narrating every single little plot point or twist it still is difficult to figure out exactly why I care about this stupid dagger until near the very end. That could be because, just as soon as you think there might actually be a movie to watch, they just toss on another mediocre action sequence which doesn't actually accomplish anything except keep the easily-entertained from getting tired of "too much talking." The character development is non-existent and the relationship between Dastan (whose name is uttered about one hundred times too many throughout the film) and Tamina feels more forced than an arranged marriage. The mark of brilliant storytelling is in the ability to tell a story through nuance and feeling rather than spelling out every single thing that's happening, and this film treats its audience like they are complete morons.

The action scenes feel like Jerry Bruckheimer thought to himself, "crap, I just remembered I have no real plot, guess it's time for a fight!" They're uninspired, uninteresting, and they rarely serve to advance the story in any way.

There is nothing remotely interesting or thought-provoking about this film. It doesn't even succeed on a "leave your brain at the door" action movie level, and I can't think of any reason why anyone would see this movie. Do yourself a favor and don't waste the money.

May 29, 2010 - Salvadordolly on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
If you liked Raiders of the Lost Ark.....

Not bad, a romance set in all that sand. I enjoyed watching the Ostrich racing, not something I've seen before. All in all, very entertaining, although hard to follow at times. The men looked too much alike except for the dagger thrower.

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