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"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

A young orphan named Dastan (Gyllenhall), is discovered by the king during a tussle with his guards. The king, impressed with Dastan's spirit, decides to adopt the boy.  Many years later, Dastan and his 2 brothers Tus and Garsiv attack the holy city of Almut whom is believed to have been selling weapons to their enemies.  All seems lost until Dastan breaks in through a side entrance and leads his men to victory.  As a prize, Dastan receives a special dagger, one that carries the sands of time.  In order to achieve peace, Tus suggests he marries the princess of Almut, but the king decides Dastan should marry her instead.

Dastan unknowingly gives his father a poisoned robe, of which he got from Tus, and the King dies when putting the robe on.  To everyone it appears Dastan killed the king so his only choice is to escape the city and head for the desert.  Princess Tamina follows with him as a means for her own escape.  It is not long until Tamina tries to kill Dastan and steal the dagger. During this altercation, Dastan discovers the daggers amazing ability to turn back time (queue Cher.. "if i could turn back time").  During their escape, they are captured again, however this time it is by Sheik Amar (Molina), an ostrich racing gangster of a fella. Dastan and Tamina escape and return for his father's funeral.  Afterwards, he approaches Nazim and attempts to convince him he was framed, but instead notices that Nazim's hands are burnt from handling the robe.  Tamina has stolen the dagger and now Dastan must escape.. again. 

After catching up with Tamina the two discuss his discovery of Nazim killing his own brother.  It dawns on Dastan that Nazim attacked the city of Almut to steal the dagger so that he could travel way back in time to the point where he saved his brother from a lion.  That way he would become the king of Persia. From there, it becomes a struggle to obtain the power of the sands of time and to stop Nazim from unleashing a fury upon the land.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 56 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Gemma Arterton
  • Directed by Mike Newell
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  • Violence: Some
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I have played several of the Prince of Persia video games and they are all quite excellent.  Did the world really need a movie version of the game? No, it didn't.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is not a bad movie, in fact, it is one of the better video game to movie adaptations.  However, that isn't saying much considering the reputation video game movies have.  The movie is at least entertaining enough for a boring Saturday night.

Technical

Video was excellent, with plenty of detail and richness. Disney continues to never disappoint.  The DTS audio blew my socks off in all directions. Loads of surround activity and a strong but not dominating bass track make this soundtrack terrific.

Extras

A ton of production featurettes and some deleted scenes.