Movie Review - Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)
A former student of Spartanburg Technical College and overall geek, I enjoy listening to music, reading books, playing video games, and watching movies. Sometimes I write about them.View all articles by Adrian Tallent
So it is not so surprising perhaps that another decade later we have a Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time live action movie from Disney, timed to coincide with yet another video game in the series, one that ironically revisits the Sands of Time “original”. I have not had the pleasure of playing this legendary game, so I cannot say for sure where the plots differ between film and game, but I do know that Disney did a good job of taking elements from the video game and weaving their own competent tale around them. A young street orphan named Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal in the adult role) manages to impress the King of Persia (Ronald Pickup) with his skill in avoiding the guards after stealing an apple from the local market while the King’s entourage was happening to pass by. The King takes the youth under his wing, raising him as a brother to his legitimate sons and heirs to the throne Garsiv (Toby Kebbell) and Tus (Richard Coyle). In time, he earns his place as a skilled warrior and as a prince, though adopted; a true member of the royal family. After learning of a plot against the King by a neighboring city-state, Dastan becomes instrumental in the fall of the city and the capturing of the lovely princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton). He also inadvertently picks up the treasure the city was guarding; a dagger filled with mystic sands that can rewind time. At an ensuing celebration party for the King’s victory, his gift to his adoptive father turns out to be booby trapped and results in the monarch’s death. Forced to flee, he vows to use the Sands Of Time to set things right; though he is pursued mercilessly by the King’s vizier, Nizam (Ben Kingsley), who seems to have motives beyond bringing him in for the murder of the King.