Prince of Persia

D: Mike Newell
Disney (Jerry Bruckheimer)
US 2010
116 mins


W: Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard [based on "Prince Of Persia", created by Jordan Mechner]
DP: John Seale
Ed: Michael Kahn, Martin Walsh & Mick Audsley
Mus: Harry Gregson-Williams

Jake Gyllenhaal (Dastan), Gemma Arterton (Princess Tamina), Ben Kingsley (Nizam), Alfred Molina (Sheik Amar), Richard Doyle (Prince Tus)

Though this may be based on a computer platform game which made its first appearance at the tail end of the 1980's, the story is more a live action update of the same studio's Aladdin. 
During a time of unrest amongst the Persian people, a street urchin finds a magical artefact, in the shape of a dagger, which allows him to reverse time by a single minute. An evil king also has time-travelling plans, which have the potential to destroy the world.
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the colour-by-numbers plotting of this fantasy adventure fail to evoke excitement the same way his Pirates Of The Caribbean movies did, while Jake Gyllenhaal is a very flat lead, despite the actor doing his best with the wafer thin material.
The production, which cost upwards of $150 million definitely leaves the audience short-changed, even though it went on to become the most successful movie at the box office to be adapted from a video game.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time