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Genre: Fantasy/Action
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Toby Kebbell, Selva Rasalingam, Daud Shah, Ambika Jois, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Richard Coyle
Director: Mike Newell
Rating: PG (Action Violence)
Year Made: 2010



- An Unseen World: Making Prince Of Persia




Languages: English/Spanish/Portuguese/Thai
Subtitles: English/Spanish/Portuguese/Thai/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




In the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure. It's a race against time when a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with a rival princess (Gemma Arterton) to safeguard a magical dagger that gives its possessor the power to reverse time and rule the world. Filled with death-defying escapes and unexpected twists at every turn - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a fun-filled adventure that will keep your pulse pounding long after the credits end.


What if you are a Hollywood executive armed with US$150 million on hand?

Option one, buy over the movie rights to a popular videogame. Two, engaged a few likeable cast. Three, build exotic looking sets and shoot on location in Morocco. Or like what famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer did, he chose all of the above.

Essentially, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is typical of any Bruckheimer production. It has epic action, adventure, romance and it definitely fits the bill of a summer blockbuster. Remember his hugely successful "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise which paid the bills of the Walt Disney Company for years. Thus to find fault with this Mike Newell’s movie is to deny yourself of a swashbuckling good time.

Loosely adapted from the 2003 videogame, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" tells the story of a young street urchin, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal portraying the adult version) who was adopted to be one of the King’s sons. As time grows, sibling rivalry ensues and power jostling follows. Of course among the woes lies a mysterious ancient dagger that not only turns back time but allows it’s possessor to rule the world.

Technically, Prince of Persia is an achievement of sort. The set decoration and costume designer is flawless. The lush cinematography of the Morocco desert is breath-taking to say the least. Massive sets regardless of the fact that it’s on location or recreated on soundstages at Pinewood studio is inconsequential. Director Mike Newell is no stranger in helming production of this scale, his resume for the record includes a certain Harry Potter And the Goblet of Fire and right here with the help of Parkour expert, David Belle, he successfully turns Jake Gyllenhaal into an action hero.

Toplining a summer blockbuster for the first time, Gyllenhaal displays a seldom-seen playful self opposite the gorgeous Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) who played the Guardian of the dagger, Princess Tamina. Adopting flowing locks and a body that California Fitness will be proud of, Gyllenhaal jumps, leap, run for the majority of the 116 minutes duration surpassing the presence of prestigious actors such as Alfred Molina and Sir Ben Kingsley. Everything seems to come off perfectly except well, a good old story.

If you can recall the existence of the ancient dagger that reverses time, the script written by three credited writers fails to impress with an unbelievable plot exposition and underwhelming ending. I guess you can’t really do much nor need to make an effort to do much when everything that went wrong can be reset by simply pressing the magic dagger.

At the end of the day, we tend to give more leeway to summer blockbusters. It’s true the story-telling isn’t at all engaging and creative. But when you watched it for all the spectacular moves, sword fights and eye-boggling special effects, we like to call it technically speaking, this popcorn flick indeed is one of the better choices for wholesome home entertainment.


An Unseen World: Making Prince Of Persia
is a short behind-the-scenes featurette that covers almost everything under the sun including the set/costumes design, cast and crew interview, action choreography and the tough on-location shoot in Morocco.


The Dolby Digital 5.1 delivers an astounding home surround experience during the sword fights and other exhilarating action sequences. Overall, colours are rich and natural saved for some highly digitalized scenes.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 30 August 2010


. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (Movie Review)

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