Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Release Date: May 28, 2010
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It's like Groundhog's Day...only really, really fast.

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68/123 David Mumpower Takes itself far too seriously to pass for enjoyable. They did get the videogame character's skillset right, though. That's a huge plus for me.
183/190 Max Braden As someone who's played Assassin's Creed I thought it was pretty cool that the first 10 minutes played like the game, but like Clash of the Titans, this was a pointless moneygrab that didn't need t

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Imagine for a moment that you are a prince. Heir to the throne, you spend your entire life training for that inevitable moment when you ascend to the crown, thereby becoming the (hopefully) benevolent ruler of your people.

One day while out adventuring (you have to kill the time some way, right?), you accidentally uncover an artifact that holds the power of time itself. Using the sands within the device, you are now able to bend the very fabric of time and space to your will. It's good to be the king.

In yarns like this, such power always holds a downside. In this instance, there is a despot who is unhappy that you have the audacity to have discovered said artifact before his henchmen could. He swears to commit any act of atrocity needed to gain possession of the relic that holds the power of time. Once he has it, you know he won't stop there, either. If Disney movies have taught us nothing else, it's that evil tyrants won't rest until they have either enslaved or destroyed humanity. In this case, your new mortal enemy falls into the latter category.

Sure, it sounds rough, but did I mention you also have a beautiful princess assisting you in your journey? Hey, who knows... The two of you might even fall in love and make beautiful heirs to the throne together.

Unlike the slew of other videogame based movies being thrown together these days, Prince of Persia has a pedigree to it. Jerry Bruckheimer, last seen counting all his hundred dollar bills after Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, seeks to use that movie's blockbuster success as a stepping stone for this adaptation. As with Pirates, Bruckheimer wants to make a movie that doesn't isn't completely true to the videogame storyline but insteads harbors its own mythology with regards to the characters and plot. The movie industry's most successful producer envisions the Prince as a ninth century Indiana Jones, so the expectation is for the swashbuckling to be played up much more than in the action and trap-based videogame. (David Mumpower/BOP)

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Main Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina
Supporting Cast Ben Kingsley, Toby Kebbell
Director Mike Newell
Screenwriter Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard, Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin
Distributor Walt Disney Pictures
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