Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

| September 14, 2010

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is based on a video game that, released in 1989, follows the story of a young orphaned child in ancient Persia who wins the heart of the king and is later adopted to become a prince, even though he is not of royal blood. The film attempts and (mostly) fails at trying to be a major blockbuster action film (which it clearly intended to be with Jerry Bruckheimer as a producer). From the start, it is very hard to follow the story line – from the odd accents being spoken to scenes rarely seamlessly flowing from one to the next, the viewer is continually left confused. The majority of the panoramic shots are very clearly done on a green screen – although this is partly understood given this is supposed to take place thousands of years ago, it looks very computerized. Come to think of it, maybe that was the point… On the other hand, the scenes with the the “sands of time” were quite impressive.
Jake Gyllenhaal seems oddly cast for the lead role of Dastan – although his physique surely fit the part, he didn’t carry the leading role, even with a stellar supporting cast of Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina. For fans of the video game, I imagine they would like this movie in that they get to see a character and story line carried out for an entire film, but for those (like me) that are unfamiliar, it’s hard to find much to like.
The DVD itself is quite impressive, which includes a Blu-ray disc, a DVD disc, as well as a digital copy of the movie so that you can download it onto your computer. Both discs contain plenty of extras that fans of the film will surely enjoy!

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Shannon Huebscher is a copywriter and freelance writer living in Minneapolis, MN.
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