Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

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First of all, let me state by saying that I have never played the game itself, so if I am way off the mark on what I write then do let me know. Having had mega success with the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Jerry Bruckheimer brings us another mega budget fantasy film, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

The story follows the plight of Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) from orphan to the Prince of Persia. Adopted for showing courage in a local market, Dastan grows up with all the luxuries a Prince can afford. His streetwise ways prove to be victorious in battles, and proves victorious once again in their battle against the sacred city of Alamut.

In doing so, he also acquires the sacred Dagger of Time, which gives its holder the ability to turn back time for a short period. The Persians capture Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton), and celebrations soon turn to mourning as King Sharaman is murdered, with the blame lying on Dastan.

Fleeing his half brothers and the Persian army, with Princess Tamina in tow, he must prove his innocence, thus leading to an adventure as he learns of the true powers the Dagger of Time holds, and that should it get in the wrong hands it could prove to be disastrous. Helping him on his quest is Sheik Amar (Alfred Molina) and Seso (Steve Toussaint).

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The film itself I thought was pretty good and I thought Jake Gyllenhaal was pretty good as Dastan, but the same can’t be said for Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina, she was almost bordering on irritating. The accents also didn’t go too well with the movie. Like I mentioned above, I’m not sure how true to the game they’ve been, and I can only go on from what I’ve seen of the movie. What was good to see, was the use of Parkour or Freestyling in the chase/fight scenes.

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