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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
BLU-RAY disk
09.16.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
Prince of Persia:  The Sands of Time order
Director:
Mike Newell

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Ben Kingsley
Gemma Arterton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After being framed for killing the King, Prince Dastan must reluctantly team up with a renegade Princess to keep a magical dagger protected from evil, preventing the sands of time from being released and destroying the world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Being an avid gamer I was indeed well aware of the premise behind PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME. I wasnít into these games personally but my best friend Aaron is and I did watch him play through them. These games were similar to TOMB RAIDER and the LEGACY OF KAIN games with an overabundance of puzzle solving, acrobatics and well timed jumps making them a tad bit tedious for me but they were a hell of a lot of fun to watch. Thankfully, the film follows in the gameís footsteps in that regard as I had nothing but fun watching it.

I found it ironic that Disney was the studio behind this film. The similarities between this movie and Aladdin are quite amazing. If the game didnít exist, a couple changes here and there and this could easily have become a live action Aladdin film. That said, one of the greatest parts about this film (and no doubt one of the most challenging for Gyllenhaal) was how true to form they made Prince Dastan. Not only did Jake look the part but they kept his fighting prowess and remarkable agility intact. The stunts, from running across the wall, to the jumping and the arrow climbing were exciting, awe inspiring and just plain awesome. They really paid close attention to detail here and it paid off.

When Iíd head Ben Kingsley was up for the role of Nizam I was immediately excited, not to mention Jake being up for the role of Dastan. Iím a big fan of both these actors and am happy to report that they (as well as the rest of this fantastic cast) did exceptionally well. Gyllenhaal handled the action like a champion and hereís hoping he takes on similar roles in the future. And as far as the action goes, Iím always impressed with Jerry Bruckheimerís vision. I remember being unsure what to make of the first PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN simply because it was being backed by Disney (and naturally felt the same way here a little) but thankfully theyíre able to keep a good balance, one thatís sure to make everyone happy.

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME is proof that thereís still hope for video game movies. Sure Iíd have been much happier seeing this film darker but as I said, a proper equilibrium was kept and I was satisfied with result. The dagger of time was obviously one of the coolest uses of special effects Iíve seen in awhile and shooting in the deserts of Morocco added a tremendous amount of character to the film and looked absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray (and so did Gemma Arterton I might add). Gamers will quickly add that this isnít the best translation from game to film but they never really are, so my advice is to take from it what you can and enjoy the ride for what it is.
THE EXTRAS
The Sands of Time: This clever feature lets you watch the film as you normally would but instead of going by way of a normal commentary the dagger of time will appear on screen when there is a chance to travel back through time and enjoy some hidden treasures. There are twenty in all which run a little longer than an hour and a half and touch upon the making of the film, the effects, the stunts, the game and just about everything else you could want to know. This was fantastic and a must watch.

Delete Scene: Surprisingly there was only one short scene here but it was definitely well done and Iíd have loved to see it stay in.

Previews: There are a slew of trailers here and commercials for both Blu-ray and Disney.

This also happens to be a 3-disc combo pack featuring the film on Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
You donít have to be a gamer to enjoy this film as the story presented here isnít terribly difficult to follow. Bruckheimerís fingerprint is fairly visible here so if you enjoyed THE PIRATES OF THE CARREBEAN films, thereís no doubt whatsoever in my mind that youíll have fun with this one.
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