Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time

Mike Newell (2010)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


A homeless youth in the ancient kingdom of Persia is adopted by the monarch and grows to become a great warrior. When the king is murdered, he is framed for the crime and forced to flee, and with the aid of a mysterious princess, he must stop a magical dagger with the power to control time from falling into evil hands. Fantasy adventure, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley.

Cast & Crew

Prince Dastan Jake Gyllenhaal
Nizam Ben Kingsley
Princess Tamina Gemma Arterton
Sheikh Amar Alfred Molina
Garsiv Toby Kebbell
Tus Richard Coyle
Bis Reece Ritchie
King Sharaman Ronald Pickup
Hassansin leader Gisli Orn Gardarsson
Seso Steve Toussaint
Director Mike Newell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 May 2010