Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
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Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. The setting is sixth century Persia. A nefarious nobleman covets the Sands of Time, a legendary gift from the gods that allows its possessor to turn back time. Whoever owns the Sands of Time has the power to rule the world, and this villainous lord would use that power to enslave all of humanity. The only person capable of defeating this tyrant and saving the world is Dastan (Gyllenhaal), a youthful prince. Now, with plucky… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] cacophonous, frivolous adaptation of Ubisoft's Arabian Nights-themed video-game series."
‑ Nick Schager, L.A. Weekly
"This is a movie that knows exactly how dumb it is."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"far from perfect, but it's fun to watch"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Someday someone is going to make a great film from a video game. Until then we have to be satisfied with being decently entertained without being hopelessly insulted. Prince of Persia manages to avoid doing either, so the wait continues."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"It wanders through the desert, looking for an exciting hook but never finding one."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"The sheer whoosh of the story line keeps you watching anyway, and, as the prince, Jake Gyllenhaal has a hearty good-naturedness that comes as a relief amid all the turbocharged antics. He wears his heroism lightly."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"As usual, the talent in Prince of Persia is generally top notch -- from the cinematographer John Seale to the parkour expert David Belle -- but the ingredients have been masticated so heavily the results are mush."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
""Prince of Persia" certainly has some entertainment value, but it suffers in the story department because it continually tries to fill the film with too much action."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"This movie stars exactly one paleface American and several paler-faced Brits in almost all the supporting roles. The bronzer budget must have been a major line item."
‑ Dave White,
"The movie feels mediocre. It could've been much more, and so it seems the video game curse is still alive and well."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Disposable family entertainment."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A spectacularly silly video-game adaptation about a Fresh Prince of Gel Hair who runs around the desert with a magic dagger, a curious version of Alfred Molina and some hoity-toity chick who never breaks a sweat. It's sort of pointless."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Gyllenhaal might have seemed like an odd choice to top-line an action flick, given his indie leanings and wet noodle persona, but he's surprisingly tolerable as Dastan; a parkour-obsessed oik who grows into an abs-solutely un-flabulous warrior."
‑ Ali Gray,
"...a pointless and aggressively bland big-budget disaster."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Pijesak vremena nije film koji će gledateljima dugo ostati u sjećanju, to i ne mora automatski značiti da je lo"
‑ Dragan Antulov,
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