Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time

  • 12
  • Mike Newell (2010)
  • US
  • 111 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer scored a multi-billion dollar hit with the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, a movie franchise based on a theme-park ride. With Prince of Persia he obviously hoped to work the same magic on a video game title, but it doesn't quite gel. The eponymous hero is Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a street urchin adopted by a king, who must fight to clear his name when he's framed as a traitor. This leads Dastan to team up with a no-nonsense princess (Gemma Arterton) to protect a magical dagger from the dastardly machinations of the power-mad Nizam (Ben Kingsley). Taking little from the award-winning game series, this coasts by on its Saturday matinée charms and the likeable leads' love/hate chemistry. However, considering the game involves nothing but running and jumping, the action scenes here fall surprisingly flat. It's largely happier following a formula rather than taking any daring leaps into the unknown.

Plot Summary

Fantasy action adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton. Prince Dastan is framed for murder and is forced to go on the run in the company of a mysterious princess. The key to his salvation is a magic dagger that can shift time and give its owner supreme power, but there are others who also covet the artefact.

Cast and crew


Prince Dastan
Jake Gyllenhaal
Ben Kingsley
Princess Tamina
Gemma Arterton
Sheikh Amar
Alfred Molina
Toby Kebbell
Richard Coyle
Reece Ritchie
King Sharaman
Ronald Pickup
Hassansin leader
Gisli Orn Gardarsson
Steve Toussaint


Mike Newell

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Walt Disney
Some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 May 2010
Certificate 12
Buena Vista Home Entertainment