Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a 2010 American action fantasy film directed by Mike Newell. The film was written by Jordan Mechner, Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 28, 2010.
The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina, Ben Kingsley as Nizam, and Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar. The film is an adaptation of the video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time developed and published by Ubisoft. Elements from Warrior Within and The Two Thrones, the two other titles from the Sands of Time trilogy of the Prince of Persia video game franchise, are also incorporated.
The film was premiered in London on May 5, 2010 and was officially released on May 28, 2010 in the United States.
- Starring : Jake Gyllenhaal / Ben Kingsley
- Genre : Action / Fantasy
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Mike Newell
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Jerry Bruckheimer Films
- Distributor : Audio Visual Enterprises / Forum Cinemas / Forum Hungary / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) / Walt Disney Studios / Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais / BBC Two / Film1 / Intercontinental Video / Net5 / SBS6 / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time release date
- May 9, 2010 : Germany (limited)
- May 9, 2010 : UK (London) (premiere)
- May 19, 2010 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- May 19, 2010 : Sweden
- May 20, 2010 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- May 20, 2010 : Switzerland (Italian speaking region)
- May 20, 2010 : Germany
- May 21, 2010 : Spain
- May 21, 2010 : UK
- May 21, 2010 : Ireland
- May 26, 2010 : France
- May 27, 2010 : Australia
- May 27, 2010 : Philippines
- May 27, 2010 : Singapore
- May 28, 2010 : Canada
- May 28, 2010 : India
- May 28, 2010 : Japan
- May 28, 2010 : USA
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time cast
- Jake Gyllenhaal as Dastan
- Gemma Arterton as Tamina
- Ben Kingsley as Nizam
- Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar
- Steve Toussaint as Seso
- Toby Kebbell as Garsiv
- Richard Coyle as Tus
- Ronald Pickup as King Sharaman
- Reece Ritchie as Bis
- Gísli Örn Garðarsson as Hassansin Leader
- Claudio Pacifico as Hassansin Porcupine
- Thomas DuPont as Hassansin Whip Man
- Dave Pope as Hassansin Giant Scimitar
- Domonkos Pardanyi as Hassansin Double-Bladed Halberd
- Massimiliano Ubaldi as Hassansin Long Razor(as Massimilano Ubaldi)
The film received generally mixed reviews from critics, who shared the consensus that the film was an improvement over video game adaptations and giving praise to the score, action scenes, humor and the acting performances (particularly those of Gyllenhaal, Kingsley, Molina and Toby Kebbell), while showing negative attention towards the screenplay and departure from the source material. It grossed over $336 million against a production budget of $150–200 million, and it was the highest-grossing video game film ever at the time of its release.
The film seems to be set in ancient Persia, as the film starts with a map portending to show the expanse of the Persian Empire 2500 years ago. The film set design appears to be based on Islamic Persia. Islamic architecture, with intricate use of geometric shapes and domes, is shown. The cities in the film all appear to have minarets. The Allied Kingdom of Alamut, shown in the movie, was not established until the 9th century (after the Islamic Conquest of Persia). (see the Alamut State)
Dastan, a street urchin in Persia, is adopted by King Sharaman after showing courage. Fifteen years later, the king’s brother Nizam relays evidence to the princes—Dastan, along with the king’s biological sons Tus and Garsiv—that the holy city of Alamut is forging weapons for Persia’s enemies. Tus directs the Persian army to capture Alamut. Dastan and his friends breach the city and open a gate for the siege. During the attack, Dastan defeats a royal guard and takes from him a sacred dagger.
Alamut falls to the Persians, but Princess Tamina denies that the city has any weapon forges. Tus asks her to marry him to unite the two nations, and she only accepts after seeing the dagger in Dastan’s possession. At their celebratory banquet, Tus has Dastan give their father an embroidered robe. The robe is poisoned, fatally burning King Sharaman. Garsiv accuses Dastan of the king’s murder, but Dastan escapes with Tamina. Tus is appointed king and sets a bounty on Dastan’s head.
While in hiding, Tamina attempts to kill Dastan and steal the dagger, and in the struggle Dastan discovers the dagger enables the wielder to travel back in time. Dastan concludes that Tus invaded Alamut for the dagger, and decides to confront his brother at the funeral of the king in Avrat. On the way, the two are captured by merchant-bandits led by Sheik Amar who seeks the reward money, but they manage to escape. After arriving in Avrat, Dastan tries to convince his uncle Nizam of his innocence. Seeing burns on Nizam’s hands, Dastan realizes that Nizam orchestrated the king’s murder. Furthermore, Nizam has set up an ambush for Dastan along the Persian streets, but after a conflict with Garsiv, Dastan escapes. Nizam sends a group of covert warriors, the Hassansins, to kill Dastan and find the dagger.
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