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It doesn't offer much in the way of substance, but Prince of Persia is a suitably entertaining swashbuckler -- and a substantial improvement over most video game adaptations. Read critic reviews

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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.

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Alfred Molina
Sheikh Amar
Ronald Pickup
King Sharaman
Gísli Örn Garðarsson
Hassansin Leader
Boaz Yakin
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Doug Miro
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Carlo Bernard
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Mike Stenson
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Chad Oman
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John August
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Jordan Mechner
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Patrick McCormick
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  • May 19, 2020
    It's very, very bad but I guess I was in just the right mood for it because I actually kind of enjoyed watching Prince of Persia. I can't pinpoint even a single good thing about it, whereas I can immediately conjure many of its failings, but I just remember having some fun.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2015
    Having never played the game I didn't know much about what the plot was about but the games were big hits and popular enough to make a live action movie so I eventually gave it a watch and was very surprised, The story is very loyal to the games from what I seen in the games, Some nice action scenes and good effects, I didn't like the choice of actors but they did ok, As far as game to movies go it's probably one of the better ones, Even if it won't stand the test of time (No pun intended) I think maybe it could of been better if it wasn't made by Disney as they like to tone films down so much that if you're over the age of 11 it's not as enjoyable, But it could of been much worse so I can't complain too much, A good family film that is easy to watch even if you haven't played any of the games.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I hated this film, it has no appeal, or good acting, mostly its just for video game nerds.. After being adopted as a child, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhal) is accused of killing his father the king and must escape and clear his name, and he meets Tamina (Gemma Arterton), a woman she should hate after taking over her kingdom, but they soon grow to like eachother, and using a time machine she posesses called the hourglass, they might be able to fix whats been done. The plot was ridiculous and stupid, it truly tried to hard to be a video game. Jake Gyllenhal did nothing great except talk, no changes from him. Effects were okay, kind of cheesy at points. Overall it sucked, a very disappointing film.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2011
    Stop me if you have heard this before, but "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" starts with King Sharaman(Ronald Pickup) receiving intelligence that the holy city of Alamut is stockpiling weapons in aid of a planned revolt. So while the Persian army is planning on attacking via the front door, the king's adopted son Dastan(Jake Gyllenhaal) takes his irregulars through the side door, allowing the city to be taken without much loss of life. But then the king is murdered and Nizam(Ben Kingsley), the king's brother, blames Dastan, causing him to flee with Princess Tamina(Gemma Arterton) and a magic dagger. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is a wildly uneven movie that has little idea what it wants to be. On the one hand, this is a broad fantasy that does little to develop its own version of ancient Persia.(Admittedly, the ostrich races are a nice touch and bound to offend some animal rights activist.) By contrast, the movie takes itself too seriously and desperately wants to have something important to say about current events, thus possibly explaining the lack of irony in Jake Gyllenhaal's performance.(Keeping his American accent intact would have helped Dastan stand out as the outsider he is.) Not helping matters is the lack of chemistry he shares with Gemma Arterton which is important if you are going to try and pull off some quality romantic bickering.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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